Today in WW II: 12 Aug 1942 Second Moscow Conference: Churchill, Stalin and US representative planned the North Africa Campaign and future Second Front in France [12-17 Aug]. More 
12 Aug 1942 Winston Churchill appoints Lt. General Bernard L. Montgomery to command the British Eighth Army in N. Africa.
12 Aug 1944 Battle of the Falaise Pocket, the decisive engagement of the Battle of Normandy, begins; Allied fighter-bombers and artillery destroy twenty nearly-encircled German divisions [12-21 Aug].
12 Aug 1944 Florence, Italy liberated by the Allies.
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Dodge WC-61 Light Maintenance Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 (G-502)

Dodge produced the WC-61 3/4 ton 4x4 Light Maintenance Truck as part of the Dodge 3/4 ton WC series of trucks. The WC-61 Light Maintenance Truck was a replacement for the WC-59 Truck, Telephone Maintenance.

Dodge WC-61 Light Maintenance Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 (G-502)
Dodge WC-61 Light Maintenance Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 (G-502)

The WC-61 was a specialized vehicle used by Signal Corps soldiers who installed and maintained telephone wiring in the field. When used by the Signal Corps, the WC-61 was designated K-50B. Only 58 of these vehicles were produced. Some sources combine the production of WC-59 and WC-61 into a total of 607 vehicles.

A full-width utility body with externally accessible tool boxes was mounted on the chassis of the WC-61. A spare wheel was mounted behind the seats and a ladder was mounted on top bows above the rear body.

The WC-61 (K-50B) was used with the US Army Signal Corps K-38 Trailer, Cable Splicer, 1/4 ton, 2-wheel,.

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