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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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M38A1C jeep, with M29 155mm Davy Crockett missile launcher (recoilless rifle).  The Davy Crockett was deployed with U.S. Army forces from 1961 to 1971. Only 50 vehicles of this type were produced; only five are known to survive.
Road block checkpoint located a short distance from the border were found to be more effective in detecting illegal border crossers than cordon-type patrols along the border. Members of the 28th Constabulary Squadron check the papers of Germans near the point where the Czechoslovak border met the Soviet and US interzonal boundaries. July 1946. M8 armored car to the left, jeep upper right.
Jeep, used to evacuate casualties from the front lines to rear areas on Guadalcanal, could carry three litters and one sitting patient
1942 Willys MB Jeep
1941 photo taken at New River, NC Marine Base during testing of the Bantam BRC-40 jeep, the forerunner of the Willys MB and Ford GPW jeeps that became the World War II standard. This photo of the Bantam has all four wheels off the ground (six if you count the towed M3 37mm Antitank gun), the inspiration for the 'Flying Jeep' poster and similar depictions.   Original caption: 'Bantam car in mid-air.'
Jeep brings crew to a bomber at a field in North Africa, WW II.
Today in WW II: 21 Apr 1943 Luftwaffe blitz raid on Aberdeen, Scotland is the worst there for WW II. 127 bombs dropped, 98 civilians and 27 servicemen killed, heavy property damage.  More 
21 Apr 1945 Soviet Red Army reaches Berlin.
21 Apr 1945 In Northern Italy, Bologna falls to the US 34th Infantry Division.
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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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