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11 Oct 1942 Wave of relentless Luftwaffe air attacks against Malta begins, continuing for 17 days with heavy losses of British and German planes and pilots.
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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.