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WC51 Dodge Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4

The 3/4 ton series of Dodge WC trucks was introduced in late 1941, replacing the G505 1/2 ton trucks of the period 1939-1941. The most versitile of the 3/4 ton "Weapons Carriers" was the WC-51 or WC-52, two trucks that were identical except for the presence (WC-52) or absence (WC-51) of the front-bumper-mounted winch. Although called a "weapons carrier" it had folding troop seats down both sides of the cargo area and was primarily used to haul personnel and ammunition.

Hundreds of WC51 or WC-52 Dodge weapons carriers wait to be shipped at the Dodge truck plant near Detroit, MI, August 1942
Hundreds of WC51 or WC-52 Dodge weapons carriers wait to be shipped at the Dodge truck plant near Detroit, MI, August 1942.

Today in WW II: 21 Sep 1943 In the most bitter combat of the New Georgia campaign [Central Solomons], Japanese lose 600 men in an unsuccessful defense of Arundel Island, withdraw on 22 Sep.   

WC-51 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/o Winch Dodge (G502)

The WC-51 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/o Winch Dodge (G502) was developed at a Dodge subsidiary, the Fargo Motor Corporation. Between 1942 and 1945, 123,541 WC-51s were built for U.S. use and shipment to allies, especially the Soviet Union where the trucks became quite common. They were utilized very broadly for many purposes in all branches of the U.S. military through World War II and the Korean War. The M-37 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge truck gradually replaced the WC models during the mid- to late-1950s.

Numerous variations of the WC-51 / WC-52 cargo trucks were produced, including the M-6 Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) which mounted a 37mm Anti-tank Gun in the cargo bed of the WC-52 base vehicle.

Specifications of the WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge Cargo Trucks

Net Weight5,645 lbs
Height (w/canvas top)6 ft, 10 in.
Height (top lowered)5 ft, 2 in.
Width6 ft, 11 in.
Length13 ft, 11 in.
Ground clearance10 5/8 in.
Wheelbase98 in.
Tires9.00 x 16, 8 ply
EngineDodge T214, 6 cyl, 230 cu. in. gasoline
TransmissionNew Process 4-speed
Transfer caseNew Process Single-speed
Horsepower76 bhp
Road Speed54 mph
Range240 mi

WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge Photos

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At left, an American Army convoy passes through Republic Square, Cherbourg, France, circa August 1944.  Leading jeep is followed by a 3/4-ton Dodge WC-51 cargo truck (weapons carrier), with what appears to be a CCKW 2 1/2-ton truck further back.
Fire Support Coordination Center, interior bunkers under camouflage net, Division  Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, Korea, 27 April 1953.  Truck at right appears to be WC-51 3/4-ton 4x4 Dodge Weapons Carrier.
As the early morning sun casts long shadows on an airbase in England, 8th AF pilots prepare for the second relay on the shuttle-runs that blitzed Nazi transportation in the area ahead of the Rhine crossing Saturday, 24 March 1945. The first 78th Fighter Group pilots took off at dawn and others followed at three-hour intervals. The last relay of North American P-51 Mustangs landed at dusk.  The vehicle is a Dodge WC-51 (no winch) 4x4 cargo truck.
Dodge WC-51/52 3/4 ton 4x4 weapons carrier undergoes testing in England, WW II.
Side of crate being put on package of trucks for export shipment, Dodge truck plant, Detroit, MI, circa August 1942. This crate holds two WC-51 or WC-52 3/4-ton 4x4 trucks, knocked down to reduce shipping cube.
A Red Cross worker uses a WC-51 (or WC-52) 3/4-ton 4x4 Dodge truck to serve  doughnuts and coffee to personnel of the 94th Fighter Squadron, 1Sth Fighter Group at an airfield somewhere in Italy, circa 1944.

WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge Photo Gallery

WC-51 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo trucks lining up for loading onto cargo ships, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA during WW II.
WC-51 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo trucks lining up for loading onto cargo ships, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA during WW II.

WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 weapons carriers with towed anti-tank guns, coming ashore from USS LST-1 to an Italian beach, World War II.
WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 weapons carriers with towed anti-tank guns, coming ashore from USS LST-1 to an Italian beach, World War II.

Rear view of WC-51 or WC-52 transporting medical personnel during World War II.
Rear view of WC-51 or WC-52 transporting medical personnel during World War II.

XIX Tactical Air Command testing of waterproofed WC-51 at Aldermaston Court prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
XIX Tactical Air Command testing of waterproofed WC-51 at Aldermaston Court prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

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