Today in WW II: 11 Oct 1939 Letter signed by Albert Einstein is delivered to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging the United States to rapidly develop the atomic bomb before Germany does, the inspiration for the Manhattan Project. More ↓
11 Oct 1942 Battle of Cape Esperance: US and Japanese naval forces clash off northwest coast of Guadalcanal. US victory opens supply lines for Allies, prevents Japanese reinforcement.
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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M55 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB)
The M55 Truck, Cargo, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB), 5 ton, 6x6 is part of the G-744 (or M-39) series of 5 ton 6x6 trucks. More information about the history, model numbers, and configurations of the M39-series of trucks is on the linked page.
The M55 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB) was produced with and without winch. The length was just under 386 inches (w/winch) with 242 inches from the center of the front axle to the center of the rearmost axle. There were -A1 and -A2 variants with different engines and slightly different dimensions.
M55 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB) from TM 43-0001-31, June 1985, Page 4-165.