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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.

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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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Willys MB 1/4 Ton 4x4 Army Jeeps with WC51 3/4 ton cargo truck. Photo from Berlin-Patrol 2011, courtesy of Abraham Telvi.
Two CCKW 2 1/2-ton 6x6 trucks followed by a WC-51 3/4-ton truck are driven off an LCT (Landing Craft-Tank) during landing operations of the 834th Engineer Aviation Battalion at the beach, Normandy, France, circa mid-June 1944.
USS LST-1 lands WC-51 3/4 ton Dodge trucks and towed field guns on an Italian beach, via a causeway. This view may have been taken during the Salerno landings, circa September 1943.
WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo trucks (Weapons Carrier), prepared and stacked for overseas shipment, .Double-stacked Weapon Carriers which had been turned over on right side in #2 Hatch, lower hold, on board the Liberty Ship ELIPHALET NOTT (HR-222), docked at the South Side of Pier 5, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 5 March 1945. Photo shows no appreciable damage done to vehicles.
WC-51 Dodge Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 crosses a field of Dragon's Teeth tank obstacles using a path cleared by US Army Engineers, ETO, circa 1945.  The WC-51 is marked as an ambulance; a WC-54 3/4-ton Ambulance is in the left background.
Inspector checks engine accessories on a WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 truck, at Dodge factory, near Detroit, MI, circa August 1942.

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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