Today in WW II: 11 May 1939 Japanese begin attempt to seize Mongolian land to the banks of the Khalkin Gol River at Nomonhan, clashing with Soviet troops. More 
11 May 1940 Belgian fortress Eben Emael, on the Meuse River, reputed to be the most formidable stronghold in the world, falls to German Army glider assault.
11 May 1940 Luxembourg falls to the German army.
11 May 1940 On the night of 11-12 May, 1940 the Royal Air Force [RAF] attacked Mönchengladbach, Germany, the first Allied air raid on Germany of WW II.
11 May 1943 American troops invade Attu in the Aleutian Islands, beginning campaign to expel occupying Japanese forces [11-29 May].
11 May 1944 Allied Fifth and Eighth Armies launch long-awaited offensive, finally capturing Cassino and breaking the German Gustav Line [night of 11-12 May].
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WC-64 KD Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502)

The 3/4 ton WC-54 Ambulance was manufactured by Dodge from 1942 through 1945, with a closed body. It had a serious drawback in that its large, steel rear compartment took up a lot of space when the Ambulance was shipped overseas. To solve this, in January 1945 Dodge began manufacturing the WC-64 KD (for "Knock Down"), a new G502 ambulance shipped from the factory with a partially disassembled rear compartment.

A total of 3,500 WC-64 KD vehicles were produced through the end of the war in 1945.

The WC-64 had a 121 inch wheelbase (same as WC-54) with a reinforced frame. The open cab and lower part of the rear body were factory installed, while the wood frame, steel covered rear panels and roof were boxed for field installation. The WC-64 KD Ambulance had a hot-water space heater, a spotlight, and a fixed canvas cab top with a storage pocket for removable side windows.

These trucks were superseded in the 1950s by the Dodge M-43 ambulance of the M-37 3/4 ton truck series, after the Korean War.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the WC-64 KD Ambulance at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

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WC-64 KD Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502)
WC-64 KD Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502).

WC-64 KD Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502)
WC-64 KD Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502).