Today in WW II: 17 Aug 1940 Italian armed forces under Marshal d'Armata Rodolfo Graziani invaded and occupied British Somaliland, threatening American Red Sea merchant shipping and British access to India.  More 
17 Aug 1942 Raid on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, led by Lt. Colonel Evans F. Carlson, USMC.
17 Aug 1943 RAF attack (Operation Hydra) on German V-2 rocket facility at Peenemünde demolishes the factory. Over 500 Allied bombers dropped 1600 tons of explosives and 280 tons of incendiaries.
17 Aug 1943 First Quebec Conference [QUADRANT] held between British, Canadian and United States governments [August 17-24].
17 Aug 1943 Just hours after the last German units evacuated the city, elements of the US 3d Infantry Division's 7th Infantry Regiment enter Messina, Sicily, the final objective of Operation Husky.
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German Army Wehrmacht Military Kübelwagen

The Volkswagen Type 82 Kübelwagen (German for bucket or tub car) was built during World War II for the German Army (Wehrmacht). The Type 82 was designed by Ferdinand Porsche as a lightweight field car for utility duties, very similar to the role of the U.S. jeep.

The 4x2 Volkswagen Type 82 Kübelwagen was powered by a rear mounted 23 hp (985cc) engine, later upgraded to 25 hp (1131cc), mated to a four speed transmission. A self-locking differential gave the vehicle adequate traction even without four wheel drive.

Kübelwagen
Kübelwagen. Photo: Courtesy of WW2Xprt.

Kübelwagen and jeep
Kübelwagen and jeep. Photo: Courtesy of WW2Xprt.

Volkswagen Type 82 German Army and Airforce Kübelwagen.  Chassis of this unit built in 1943 based on original Volkswagen Werk data plate. Photo: Courtesy of Leon DeSpain
Volkswagen Type 82 German Army and Airforce Kübelwagen. Chassis of this unit built in 1943 based on original Volkswagen Werk data plate. Photo: Courtesy of Leon DeSpain.