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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XM708 3/4 ton Dump Truck (G-741)

The Truck, Dump: 3/4 Ton, 4x4, XM708 is a member of the M-37 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Truck Family (G-741). As the X prefix indicates, this vehicle was not made standard.

The XM708 Dump Truck was produced from an M53B1 chassis with a Gar Wood GA-2 dump body. It was equipped with a winch and the ambulance-type spare wheel carrier. The XM708E1 model was identical but with a dump body made by Hardeman Company and no winch.

The XM708 dash has M37B1 (or M53B1 ?) dataplates with additional dataplates for the XM708 modifications. About 200 XM708 vehicles were manufactured.

The FSN for the XM708 was 2320-926-7154 and for the XM708E1 was 2320-911-5078. The procurement specification for the XM708 is located at the linked page.

XM708E1 Dump Truck. Photographed at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 2 December 2005. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
XM708E1 Dump Truck. Photographed at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 2 December 2005. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.