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17 Oct 1943 At Gothenburg, about 10,000 seriously wounded and sick German and British POWs, about half from each side, make up the first British-German prisoner exchange of WW II [17-21 Oct].
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WC-4 WC-22 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with Winch (G505)
The Dodge WC-4 and the very similar WC-22, are 1/2 ton pickup trucks with slightly different engines and other small differences. All have an open cab, flat face cowl with express body and transverse seats. The WC-4 and WC-22 have a winch and a longer frame to accomodate it. They are closely related to the WC-3, WC-13 and WC-21 which differ by not having the winch and related frame differences. All are part of the WC model series G-505, built by Dodge during 1941 or early 1942.
If you don't have the vehicle dataplate, to differentiate you must know the U.S. Government registration number (Army number on the hood) or the serial number which can be found stamped on the left front frame.
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Data from SNL G-657 Dodge Master Parts List. Other data on the Dodge G505 main page.
Dodge WC-4 or WC-22 towing M3 37mm Antitank gun across the Guadalupe River, Ft. Sam Houston, TX (near San Antonio) in 1942. The photo was taken by Lt. Edward Y. Pettit, 2nd Eng., 2ID. He was promoted to Captain and won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944. Since the front is not visible, this could be a WC3 WC13 WC21 1/2 Ton 4x4 Truck w/o winch. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit, son of Capt. Pettit.
WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with winch (G505). Hood number W-220149 confirms WC-4 (1941 contract). Thanks to Bert Roelofsen for correct ID.
WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with Winch (G505). No hood number is visible, but photo caption includes "Cont 8286" which indicates the WC-4 1941 contract W-398-QM-8286.
WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with winch (G505), at Chrysler testing ground where Army officers were trained to understand the capabilities of the Dodge truck. This photo was undated but taken early in WW II. A large hi-resolution version of this photo is available in the Olive-Drab.com Gallery.