Today in WW II: 17 Jun 1940 As Germany overruns France, Allied troops execute Operation Ariel, the evacuation of France [15-25 June].  More 
17 Jun 1940 Luftwaffe bombs and sinks the British ship RMS Lancastria with the loss of 5800 troops being evacuated near Saint-Nazaire, France.
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Bantam BRC-40 Jeep

The full story of the development of the original Army Jeep of World War II is on the linked page. See the Bantam BRC-40 page for more details on this prototype jeep. See also the photos of the Checker-built Bantam BRC-40 jeeps.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the Bantam BRC-40 jeep at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

Bantam BRC-60 Jeep in Photos

Bantam BRC40 4x4 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle
Bantam BRC40 4x4 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle.

Bantam BRC-40 with 4 wheel steering
Bantam BRC-40 with 4 wheel steering.

Bantam BRC-40 undergoing Army testing towing unidentified trailer
Bantam BRC-40 undergoing Army testing towing unidentified trailer.

Bantam BRC-40 with .50 cal. anti-aircraft machine gun, Ft. Riley, KS.  From Field Artillery Magazine, June 1941
Bantam BRC-40 with .50 cal. anti-aircraft machine gun, Ft. Riley, KS. From Field Artillery Magazine, June 1941.

Loading a Bantam BRC-40 onto a ship, USMC, New River, NC, 1941
Loading a Bantam BRC-40 onto a ship, USMC, New River, NC, 1941.

Bantam BRC-40 with DR-5 drum mounted on RL-31 frame attached.  The DR-5 drum carries two miles of W-130; Five miles can be carried.  Photo: Field Artillery Journal, July 1941
Bantam BRC-40 with DR-5 drum mounted on RL-31 frame attached. The DR-5 drum carries two miles of W-130; Five miles can be carried. Photo: Field Artillery Journal, July 1941.

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