Today in WW II: 19 Feb 1941 Luftwaffe's Three Nights' Blitz over Swansea, South Wales devestates the town as incendiary and high explosive bombs cause up to 270 deaths [19-21 Feb].  More 
19 Feb 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 directing the seizure of property belonging to Japanese Americans and their internment in War Relocation Camps.
19 Feb 1942 Japanese warplanes attack Darwin, Australia with heavy damage and 243 people killed.
19 Feb 1943 Third Battle of Kharkov begins offensive operations by German forces agains the Red Army in the vicinity of Kharkov [19 Feb-15 Mar].
19 Feb 1943 Mass armor/infantry attack by Germans under Rommel against US II Corps breaks through the mountains at Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, a spectacular success [19-20 Feb].
19 Feb 1945 US Marines attack the Japanese held island of Iwo Jima, landing 30,000 troops on the congested beachhead the first day.
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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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