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Today in WW II: 18 Apr 1941 As German troops approach Athens, the Greek Prime Minister Alexandros Koryzis commits suicide.  More 
18 Apr 1942 Doolittle Raid takes American bombers to Tokyo.
18 Apr 1943 Japanese Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto killed when intercepted and shot down over Bougainville by 18 P-38 aircraft, the longest such mission of the war.
18 Apr 1945 Esteemed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle killed by Japanese machine gun fire, island of Ie Shima off Okinawa.
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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.