Today in WW II: 12 Aug 1942 Second Moscow Conference: Churchill, Stalin and US representative planned the North Africa Campaign and future Second Front in France [12-17 Aug]. More 
12 Aug 1942 Winston Churchill appoints Lt. General Bernard L. Montgomery to command the British Eighth Army in N. Africa.
12 Aug 1944 Battle of the Falaise Pocket, the decisive engagement of the Battle of Normandy, begins; Allied fighter-bombers and artillery destroy twenty nearly-encircled German divisions [12-21 Aug].
12 Aug 1944 Florence, Italy liberated by the Allies.
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Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck (G7128)

The Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck (G7128) was part of the G506 series of 1 1/2 ton trucks built by Chevrolet in large numbers during World War II. The G7128 was also referred to as the M6 Bomb Service Truck, normally used on airfields and ammunition dumps. The M6 Bomb Service Truck would tow the M5 bomb trailer, in strings up to five at a time. The G7128 has a wheel base of 125 inches, shorter than the other G506 series trucks.

Behind the soft-top driver's cab was a working area with troop seats. A monorail crane extended the full length plus an overhand. A hoist was provided to lift and move the ordnance.

All of the G506 series trucks were powered by the Chevrolet 235 cu. in. 83 hp. six cyl. engine mated to a four speed transmission and two speed transfer case.

A pair of Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Trucks with M5 Bomb Trailers, south side of Pier 1, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 6 August 1943
A pair of Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Trucks with M5 Bomb Trailers, south side of Pier 1, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 6 August 1943.

Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck, Studebaker Proving Ground, January 1944
Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck, Studebaker Proving Ground, January 1944.