Today in WW II: 20 Aug 1939 Battle of Khalkhin Gol: Soviet Gen. Zhukov decisively defeats Japanese Imperial Army forces in the Japanese-Soviet border war in Inner Mongolia [20-31 Aug].  More 
20 Aug 1940 Winston Churchill refers to the valiant RAF pilots defending Britain: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'.
20 Aug 1944 168 captured allied airmen arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp, accused of being 'terror fliers' rather than legitimate combatants.
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Checker Bantam Jeep

The full story of the development of the original Army Jeep of World War II is on the linked page. The 1941 agreement between Bantam and Checker Cab Company resulted in delivery of prototype units to the Army as seen in these surviving photographs of Checker-built Bantam BRC-40 jeeps.

Bantam BRC-40, produced by Checker
Bantam BRC-40, produced by Checker.

Bantam BRC-40, produced by Checker
Bantam BRC-40, produced by Checker.

Bantam BRC-40, produced by Checker
Bantam BRC-40, produced by Checker.