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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M-50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal.

The Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal. M-50 is part of the G-742 (or M-44) series of 2 1/2 ton trucks. The many models of the very successful G-742 trucks were in Army inventory from the mid-1950s into the 1990s.

Details of the history, model numbers, and configurations of the M35-series of 6x6 cargo trucks is on the linked page.

There were at least two body styles for the tank of the M50 family of water trucks. Note that one style has a rectangular wheel well while the other has a straight body side, both found in other trucks of the M-44 series.

A Marine at the controls of an M-50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal., April 1983.  A water tank trailer is to the left.
A Marine at the controls of an M-50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal., April 1983. A water tank trailer is to the left.

6th Marine Amphibious Brigade M50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal., Wilmington, NC, 15 March 1985.  The truck is on the ramp of prepositioning ship SS PFC. Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK 3006)
6th Marine Amphibious Brigade M50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal., Wilmington, NC, 15 March 1985. The truck is on the ramp of prepositioning ship SS PFC. Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK 3006).

U.S. Army M50A3 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal., Langley AFB, VA, 28 March 1985
U.S. Army M50A3 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal., Langley AFB, VA, 28 March 1985.

U.S. Army M-50A3 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal. filling from a desert well station during Exercise Gallant Eagle '86, Twentynine Palms, CA, July 1986.
U.S. Army M50A3 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal. filling from a desert well station during Exercise Gallant Eagle '86, Twentynine Palms, CA, July 1986.

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