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Military Light Trucks

Military light trucks (larger than a jeep but less than 2 1/2 ton rated capacity) are employed for every type of tactical and support mission. This chart includes many of the light trucks utilized by the U.S. military was well as a few from other countries.

Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge w/o winch (WC-51), France, 1944
Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge w/o winch (WC-51), France, 1944.

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The Bantam quarter-ton truck was tested informally at Fort Riley to determine if this vehicle could be used as a liaison car for artillery with cavalry; as a prime mover for the 37-mm. antitank gun; and as a mount for the .50 caliber machine gun. This photo shows the jeep and towed 37mm gun. Reported in Field Artillery Magazine, June 1941
Crawler crane loads an LVT(4) amphibious tractor (AMTRAC) to a flatcar, Norfolk Army Base, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Norfolk, VA, 20 November 1945.
U.S. Army Third Infantry Division M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles sit in positon on an Army roll-on, roll-off discharge facility (causeway) for transport to the Exercise Native Atlas base camp, after driving off the USNS Seay, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Camp Pendleton, CA, April 2002.
An M4 Sherman medium tank climbing the bank of a small stream after breaking through the light wooden bridge, Germany, circa April 1945.
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M5A1 Stuart tanks of the 11th Armored Division, Third U.S. Army, advance along the German autobaun, near Frankfurt, 31 March 1945.
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Chart of Military Light Trucks

In this chart of military light trucks, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific truck.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
  Before World War II  
Early White Click to see the rest of this panoramic photo of more than 20 White Standard Class "A" Trucks used by the U.S. Army during World War I. Photo from the National Archives, 1917-1918. White Class A trucks panorama
Early Packard Packard 1 1/2 Ton truck
Photo: From the Eisenhower collection, taken during the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy.
Packard 1 1/2 Ton truck
Early Dodge Dodge Trucks from before WW II used by US Army Dodge Trucks from before WW II used by US Army
Early Ford Ford Trucks from before WW II used by US Army Ford Trucks from before WW II used by US Army
Early Chevrolet Chevrolet Trucks from before WW II used by US Army Chevrolet Trucks from before WW II used by US Army
  World War II Era  
VC-1
to
VC-6
Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge VC series (G505)
Family of half ton Dodge trucks produced in 1940. Includes vehicles with pickup, panel, carryall, ambulance and command car body types.
Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge VC series (G505)
WC-1
to
WC-50
Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge WC series (G505)
Family of half ton Dodge trucks produced in 1941-1942. Includes vehicles with pickup, panel, carryall, ambulance and command car body types.
Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge WC series (G505)
WC-51
to
WC-61
& WC-64
Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4, Dodge WC series (G502)
Family of 3/4 ton Dodge trucks produced in 1942-1945. Includes vehicles with pickup, panel, carryall, ambulance and command car body types.
Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge w/o winch (WC-51) or w/winch (WC-52)
WC-62
WC-63
Truck, Cargo, 1 1/2 ton, 6x6 Dodge (G507)
Identical trucks except WC-62 is w/o winch while WC-63 is w/winch
Truck, Cargo, 1 1/2 ton, 6x6 Dodge (G507)
ACK-353 Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 4x4, Cargo GMC
Scan: Courtesy of Richard Notton from
Bart Vanderveen's "Observer's Fighting Vehicle Directory, WW II"
ACK-353 Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 4x4, Cargo GMC
G506 Series Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Trucks (G506)
Many body styles including Cargo, Panel, Tractor, Dump, and Telephone Maintenance.
Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Trucks (G506)
GTB Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 4x4 (Ford "Burma Jeep") GTB Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 4x4 (Ford Burma Jeep)
M-1-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4. (International Harvester) M-1-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4. (International Harvester)
M-2-4 Truck, 1 ton, 4x4. USMC and Navy (International Harvester M-2-4) M-2-4 Truck, 1 ton, 4x4. USMC and Navy 1944 (International Harvester)
M-3-4 Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 4x4. USMC and Navy (International Harvester M-3-4) Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 4x4. USMC and Navy (International Harvester M-3-4)
M-3-6 Truck, 1 1/2 ton, 6x6. USMC and Navy (International Harvester M-3-6). Stretched variant of the M-2-4 with two rear axles, making it a 6x6. Only a very small number of M-3-6 trucks were manufactured.  
  Post World War II  
M-37
M-37B1
Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge (G-741)
(Many variants.)
M-37 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge (G-741)
M-43 Truck, Ambulance, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge (G-741)
Variant of M-37
See Military Ambulances
Willys FC Willys Forward Control Military Trucks
M-676, M-677, M-678, M-679
Willys Forward Control Military Trucks M-676, M-677, M-678, M-679
M-561 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 6x6 "Gama Goat" M-561 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 6x6 Gama Goat
M-601 Cargo Truck, M601 one-ton 4x4 Special Power Wagon
Late 1950s modified civilian Dodge Power Wagon, Export only
TM9-8854 Operation, 1 ton Special Power Wagon Truck
TM9-8855 Ordnance Maintenance, Cargo Truck M601 (modified M37)
 
M-615 Ambulance body version of M-601.  
M-792 Truck, Ambulance, 1 1/4 ton, 6x6 "Gama Goat" See Military Ambulances
M-715 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 "five-quarter" (G-890) Kaiser M-715 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 five-quarter (G-890) Kaiser
M-725 Truck, Ambulance, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 "five-quarter" (G-890) by Kaiser Jeep. See Military Ambulances
M-726 Truck, Maintenance, 1 1/4 Ton, 4x4, Telephone, W/Winch, M-726 by Kaiser Jeep. Truck, Maintenance, 1 1/4 Ton, 4x4, Telephone, W/Winch, M-726 by Kaiser Jeep
CUCV Two families of Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles (CUCV):
   M880/M88x/M89x Dodge
   M1008/M1009/M10xx Chevrolet
Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge CUCV, M880 series
CUCV II Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle II (CUCV II) CUCV II Cargo/Troop Carrier 5/4 ton
LSSV Light Service Support Vehicle (LSSV) Light Service Support Vehicle (LSSV)
M-998 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4
High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)
"hum-vee"
Many variants.
Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) M998 and variants
M-997 Truck, Ambulance, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4
High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)
Ambulance body, M997 and other variants.
See Military Ambulances
JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)
Family of vehicles to replace the HMMWV.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)
USMC IFAV USMC Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 290 Interim Fast Attack Vehicle USMC Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 290 Interim Fast Attack Vehicle
  Other than U.S. Vehicles  
Land Rover British Land Rover. Many variants used by many countries LWB British Land Rover
F15 F15 Polsten. By Ford - Canada with standard British Army 20mm gun. Very rare. F15 Polsten. By Ford - Canada with standard British Army 20mm gun
Morris Commercial 1940 Morris Commercial, 4 x 2 PU, 8cwt wireless truck. 1940 Morris Commercial, 4 x 2 PU, 8cwt wireless truck
Toyota FQ15 Developed in the 1950s for Japan's military and other nations including U.S. Very similar to M-37.
Photo: Courtesy Steve, Owens Export Service
Toyota FQ15 Military Truck
Toyota Landcruiser Military versions of the Toyota Landcruiser are in use all over the world, particularly in Asia and Australia. Many variants. Military versions of the Toyota Landcruiser are in use all over the world, particularly in Asia and Australia. Many variants
Unimog Unimog. German workhorse military truck, used all over the world. German name: UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät, (universal motor equipment). Engines from 80-110hp. Many variants. Unimog. German workhorse military truck, used all over the world. German name: UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät, (universal motor equipment)
G-Wagen Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen G-Class G-Wagen Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen G-Class G-Wagen
Pinzgauer Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 710M
Krupp-Protze le.gl.LKW 1 to (6x4), Krupp L2H43 / L2H143
Light off-road truck, 1 metric ton payload
Thanks to Andreas Mehlhorn for correct ID
Krupp-Protze le.gl.LKW 1 to (6x4), Krupp L2H43 / L2H143 Light off-road truck, 1 metric ton payload

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