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16 Jun 1941 On orders from the US Department of State, all consulates, travel and other agencies of Nazi Germany in the US are closed.
16 Jun 1942 RAF and US planes sink Italian cruiser and 2 destroyers that attacked Allied convoys in Mediterranean.
16 Jun 1943 Last Jewish residents of Berlin are deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp, reducing to zero the pre-Nazi Jewish population estimated at 186,000.
16 Jun 1943 Over Guadalcanal in the Solomons, 77 Japanese fighters and bombers downed by Allied pilots with 17 more destroyed by ships and antiaircraft guns. US lost only six planes.
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GMC Model AFKX 4x4 Truck

The GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 Cab Over Engine (COE) truck was produced between 1939-1942 by General Motors Truck & Coach (Pontiac, MI). There were a number of chassis and body types:

  • AFKX-352, 1 1/2 - 3-ton 4x4
  • AFKX-502, 2 1/2-ton 4x4 Tractor
  • AFKX-804, 4-ton 4x4

The AFKX-352 was used with the Shop Van body, the AFKX-502 tractor's mission was to haul cavalry horses in stock trailers, while the AFKX-804 was used as an Army Air Corps radio van.

All AFKX models use the GMC 426 6 cyl. engine with a four speed (352) or five speed (502, 804) transmission mated to a two-speed transfer case. The AFKWX-353 is another COE design of the same time period which shares running gear with the AFKX, but the AFKWX-353 has two rear axles, rated at 2 1/2 tons.

Manuals for this vehicle include:

  • TM 10-1136 Maintenance Manual and Parts List, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, COE GMC Model AFKX-352 (8 August 1941)
  • TM 10-1214 Parts List, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (3 October 1941)
  • TM 10-1215 Maintenance Manual, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (3 December 1941)
  • TM 10-1226 Parts List, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (24 September 1941)
  • TM 10-1231 Maintenance Manual, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (26 September 1941)
  • TB 9-2830-21 Technical Bulletin: Conversion of GMC T16 (1938) and AFKX (1940) Four Speed Truck Transmission for Use as 1941 and 1942 Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton Truck Transmission (1944)

GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 truck chassis.
GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 truck chassis.

GMC Model AFKX-352, 4x4, Shop Van.
GMC Model AFKX-352, 4x4, Shop Van.

GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van.
GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van.

GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van, panels opened.
GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van, panels opened.