Today in WW II: 17 Oct 1941 USS Kearny [DD-432] torpedoed but not sunk by German submarine U-568, near Iceland, killing 11 sailors, the first American military casualties of WW II.  More 
17 Oct 1943 At Gothenburg, about 10,000 seriously wounded and sick German and British POWs, about half from each side, make up the first British-German prisoner exchange of WW II [17-21 Oct].
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Autocar U-5044-T Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-635)

The Autocar U-5044-T Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-635) was produced in 1940 and 1941 as a line haul tractor, primarily to tow fuel trucks. Only 97 were manufactured.

The U-5044-T was powered by Autocar's 377 cu. in., 100hp 6cyl gasoline engine. It had a maximum towed load capacity of 30,000 lbs.

Autocar U-5044-T Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 G-635.  Photo taken 15 April 1941
Autocar U-5044-T Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4. Photo taken 15 April 1941.