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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.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the Studebaker / Reo US6 at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

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, 1943.  The US6 tractor was typically used with a 7-ton trailer.  The truck to the right is disabled truck, but will be repaired by a crew of mechanics riding at the end of the convoy.
Studebaker US6 2 1/2-ton 6x6 cargo truck, factory production line, circa 1943.
Studebaker US6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 truck.  Probably photographed at Holabird Quartermaster Depot, circa 1940-41.
Somewhere in the Persian corridor, OWI (Office of War Information) photographer Nick Parrino on the jeep which he rode in making a photographic record of the first run by an all-American convoy, 1943.  The United States Army truck convoy carried supplies for Russia on a desert road using Studebaker / Reo US6 6x4 Tractor-Trailers.
A United States Army truck convoy carrying supplies for Russia using  Studebaker / Reo US6 6x4 Tractor-Trailers, somewhere in the Persian corridor, 1943. Captain J. Priggee, Newark, NJ, and LT S. McClure, Nashville, TN, leaders of the truck convoy, are about to start out at dawn. The Captain of the convoy rides in a jeep at the rear and the Lieutenant in a jeep leading the way.
Studebaker (Reo) US-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck, Holabird Quartermaster Depot, 1941.
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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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