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Studebaker / Reo US6 2 1/2 Ton Cargo Truck

Studebaker US 6 6x4 tractor with trailer, Persian corridor, March 1943. A U.S. Army truck convoy carrying supplies for Russia is about to start as the leader checks with the first driver
Studebaker US 6 6x4 tractor with trailer, Persian corridor, March 1943. A U.S. Army truck convoy carrying supplies for Russia is about to start as the leader checks with the first driver.

Although the GMC CCKW was the most numerous of the WW II 2 1/2-ton, 6x6 cargo trucks, almost 200,000 of the Studebaker-designed US-6 (G-630) were produced by Studebaker and another 22,000 by Reo from 1941-45. The cargo version was quite similar to the CCKW. The line haul version of the US6 was a 6x4 tractor for use with semi-trailers on improved roads.

The 2 1/2 ton 6x6 truck (the "deuce and a half" or just "deuce") was one of the logistical innovations that helped the Allies win World War II. The full story about the deuce trucks, including the World War II vintage Studebaker & Reo US6 Cargo Truck, is found on the linked page.

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General Lewis A. Pick leads 113 vehicles of the first convoy to use the new Ledo (Stillwell) Road to reach Kunming, China, 5 February 1945. Gen. Pick was responsible for the completion of the road (Pick's Pike) by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The road journey was 1079 miles.  Lead truck appears to be Studebaker US-6 2 1/2-ton 6x6.
Studebaker US6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 truck.  Probably photographed at Holabird Quartermaster Depot, circa 1940-41.
Engineers of the 1321st Engineer General Service Regiment during a vehicle inspection, circa 1944. At left is a Studebaker US6 short wheelbase 2 1/2-ton 6x6 cargo truck.  At right, CCKW with LeRoi Compressor.
United States Army truck convoy carrying supplies for Russia on a desert road using Studebaker / Reo US6 6x4 Tractor-Trailers, somewhere in the Persian corridor, March 1943. The convoy leader in the jeep is checking trucks as they start the trip.  The US6 tractor was typically used with a 7-ton trailer.
Studebaker (Reo) US-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck, World War II.
Studebaker / Reo US6 6x4 Tractor-Trailer trucks, at a fueling point somewhere in the Persian corridor, March 1943. The US6 tractor was typically used with a 7-ton trailer.
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Studebaker US-6 2 1/2 Ton Cargo Truck Photo Gallery

Studebaker US-6 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-630)  Closed cab
Studebaker US-6 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-630) Closed cab.

Rare soft top US6, with machine gun ring mount.  Registration number USA W-459565
Rare soft top US6, with machine gun ring mount. Registration number USA W-459565.

Closed cab US6
Closed cab US6.

Closed cab US6 fuel truck
Closed cab US6 fuel truck.

Factory condition, unrestored Studebaker US6 photographed in 2006.  Photo courtesy Marion Reeves eBay seller us6jxd
Factory condition, unrestored Studebaker US6 photographed in 2006. Photo courtesy Marion Reeves, eBay seller us6jxd.

Factory condition, unrestored Studebaker US6 photographed in 2006.  Photo courtesy Marion Reeves eBay seller us6jxd
Factory condition, unrestored Studebaker US6 photographed in 2006. Photo courtesy Marion Reeves, eBay seller us6jxd.

Factory condition, unrestored Studebaker US6 photographed in 2006.  Photo courtesy Marion Reeves eBay seller us6jxd
Cab interior of factory condition, unrestored Studebaker US6 photographed in 2006. Photo courtesy Marion Reeves, eBay seller us6jxd.

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