Today in WW II: 15 Aug 1940 Peak day for Luftwaffe sorties against England, including bombing in the North of Britain. More 
15 Aug 1942 Operation Pedestal, a last ditch attempt to re-supply Malta and avoid surrender to a German blockade, succeeds as tanker SS Ohio and other convoy ships reach Grand Harbour port.
15 Aug 1943 In the Aleutians, US troops land on Kiska Island to retake it from the Japanese ([5-24 Aug].
15 Aug 1944 Operation Dragoon [aka Anvil] invasion of Southern France.
15 Aug 1945 Japanese surrender, remembered as VJ Day (Victory over Japan) in the U.K. [14 August east of the date line, 15 August in Japan].
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Dodge WC-58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4 with winch (G-502)

Dodge produced the WC-58 3/4 ton 4x4 Radio Car, part of the Dodge 3/4 ton WC series of trucks. The Radio Car was the same design as the WC-57 Command Reconnaissance vehicle with the addition of racks for a large radio set behind the front seats and additional wiring. Like the WC-57, the WC-58 Radio Car was equipped with a winch, although some sources say no winch models were factory built. Like the other Command Reconnaissance Cars, production was soon phased out with only a total of 2,344 vehicles manufactured.

Sources disagree regarding whether factory produced WC-58 vehicles were equipped with a winch. One point of reference is the post-war manual TM9-2800-1 (February 1953). On the WC-58 page (page 177) of that manual from the Dept. of the Army (and Air Force) the image below is used, clearly showing the WC-58 with a winch. On the other hand, the same manual lists load and oil capacity for a winch on the WC-57 page (page 176) but nothing about winch capacities is stated on the WC-58 page.

Dodge WC-58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4 with winch (G-502)
Dodge WC-58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4 with winch (G-502).

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the WC-58 3/4-ton Radio Car at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

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