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Today in WW II: 13 Aug 1944 US XV Corps [of US 3rd Army] captures Argentan, threatening to close the Falaise Pocket on the overextended Germans.  More 
13 Aug 1944 Gen. Bradley orders Gen. Patton to stop northward movement of XV Corps, preventing them from meeting Canadian troops and sealing the Argentan-Falaise pocket.
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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
M55 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB) from TM 43-0001-31, June 1985, Page 4-165.

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