Today in WW II: 24 Apr 1945 Retreating German troops in Italy destroy all the bridges over the Adige in Verona, including the historical Ponte di Castelvecchio and Ponte Pietra.   

Ford Pygmy Prototype Jeep

The full story of the development of the original Army Jeep of World War II is on the linked page. See the Ford Pygmy page for more details on this prototype jeep.

The Ford Pygmy prototype jeep is visually very similar to the Ford GP, developed at the next stage of design competition. The easiest distinction is the compound curve in the passenger opening in the side of the Pygmy body as opposed to the smooth single curve of the corresponding location on the Ford GP.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of prototype jeeps before WW II standardization at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

Ford Pygmy Prototype Jeep Photo Gallery

Side view of the Ford Pygmy with Budd Co. body, November 1940
Side view of the Ford Pygmy with Budd Co. body, November 1940.

Side view of the Ford Pygmy with Ford body, November 1940
Side view of the Ford Pygmy with Ford body, November 1940.

Testing the Ford Pygmy at Camp Holabird, MD, November 1940.
Testing the Ford Pygmy at Camp Holabird, MD, November 1940.