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Military Jeeps

Military jeeps (Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4) were used for an endless variety of tactical and support missions since their introduction to the U.S. military at the beginning of World War II. The world-wide success of the jeep made it a favorite for generations of soldiers and civilians too.

2d Infantry Division, U.S. First Army jeep hugs the sidewalk during combat in the streets of Leipzig, Germany, 18 April 1945.
2d Infantry Division, U.S. First Army jeep hugs the sidewalk during combat in the streets of Leipzig, Germany, 18 April 1945.

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More than 40 historical military vehicles with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association Transcontinental Motor Convoy lined up with other vehicles preparing to participate in the Flaming Gorge Days Parade, Green River, WY, 27 June 2009.  Staff car, jeeps, 3/4-ton trucks and more.
During desert training, soldiers travel in a Willys MA prototype jeep, Indio, CA, June 1942.
Convoy of US Army jeeps, France, 1944.  Photo shows original crop marks and redacted unit markings on the vehicles.
Improvised jeep ambulance at a training camp in Camp Carson, CO, 24 April 1943.
Willys MB jeep alongside a captured German kubelwagen, winter of 1942-43.  Probably photographed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
USMC forward command post and WWII vintage jeeps, near Naktong River, Korea, 7 August 1950.
Today in WW II: 23 Oct 1941 Romanian troops slaughter over 20,000 Jews in the Odessa area, in reprisal for bomb set by Soviets.  More 
23 Oct 1942 2nd Battle of El Alamein, Egypt begins; British successfully driving the German Afrika Korps out of Egypt [23 Oct-4 Nov].
23 Oct 1944 Naval Battle of Leyte Gulf begins in the Philippines, protecting US 6th Army Leyte beachheads from sea based attack [23-26 Oct].
23 Oct 1944 Palawan Island, Japanese armada detected on route to Leyte; American submarines sink two Japanese cruisers.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Military / Army Jeeps

In this chart of military jeeps, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific jeep. This chart includes most of the jeep models utilized by the U.S. military was well as prototypes and a few from other countries. More information about early Army jeep prototypes and military production models in the About Military Jeeps section of Olive-Drab.com. Other military jeep photos are available in the Gallery.

  Pre-History and Prototypes  
Vehicle Description Photo Link
  Marmon-Harrington all-wheel-drive converted Ford Truck. Marmon-Harrington all-wheel-drive converted Ford Truck
Bantam #1
BRC-60
Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4.Bantam #1 & the BRC-60: The First Jeeps Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4.Bantam #1 & the BRC-60: The First Jeeps
Bantam BRC-40 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 Bantam BRC-40. Early jeep design, from 1941. Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 Bantam BRC-40. Early jeep design, from 1941.
Checker Bantam BRC-40 Bantam BRC-40 built by Checker Bantam BRC-40 built by Checker
Ford Pygmy Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 Ford Pygmy. Prototype jeep design, from 1940. Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 Ford Pygmy. Prototype jeep design, from 1940.
Ford GP Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Early jeep design, from 1941. Ford GP Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Early jeep design, from 1941.
Willys Quad Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Prototype jeep design, from 1940. Willys Quad Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Prototype jeep design, from 1940
Willys MA Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Early jeep design, from 1941. Willys MA Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Early jeep design, from 1941
  World War II Standard Production  
Vehicle Description Photo Link
Willys MB
Ford GPW
Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 jeep (G-503). The standard World War II jeep. Willys MB Ford GPW Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 jeep (G-503). The standard World War II jeep
Willys MB
Ford GPW
Ambulance
MB or GPW jeeps used as litter-carrier ambulance. See Military Ambulances
  After World War II  
Vehicle Description Photo Link
Toyota BJ Toyota Jeep BJ Toyota BJ Jeep 1953
M-38 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. jeep M-38 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. jeep
CJ-V35/U Marine Corps communications truck variant procured in 1950, based on CJ-3A. 1000 were produced.  
M-606
CJ-3B
Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Military version of CJ3B jeep M-606 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Military version of CJ3B jeep
M-38A1 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. jeep (G-758)
See also: M-170
M-38A1 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. jeep (G-758)
M-151 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. "Mutt" jeep (G-838)
Many variants including:
Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. M-718 Ambulance
M-151 Fast Attack Vehicle (FAV)
M151A1C Weapons Platform
M-825 Weapons Platform
M-151 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Mutt jeep (G-838)
M-170 Truck, Ambulance, Front Line, 1/4 ton, 4x4
Radio Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-170C XT-2
See Military Ambulances
M-422
M-422A1
USMC Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. "Mighty Mite" jeep M-422 USMC Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. Mighty Mite jeep
M-718 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. M-718 Ambulance, variant of M-151 See Military Ambulances
M-825 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. M-825 Weapons Platform, variant of M-151A2 Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4. M-825 Weapons Platform, variant of M-151A2
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