Today in WW II: 24 Feb 1942 SS Struma, carrying Jewish refugees from Romania to British Palestine, is sunk by Soviet submarine, killing 768 men, women and children, the greatest civilian naval loss of WW II.  More 
24 Feb 1942 Beginning of broadcasts by The Voice of America, news programs directed at the Axis-occupied areas of the world.
24 Feb 1942 Moving object in Los Angeles' night sky triggers false alarm panic; blackout ordered, thousands of airraid wardens deployed, over 1,400 AA shells fired, several deaths [24-25 Feb].
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Chart of Military Semitrailers, Stake/Flat Bed

M127A2C Semitrailer, Stake, 12-ton, 4-wheel towed by an M-818 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton 6x6. Courtesy eBay seller fuzzy_toaster
M127A2C Semitrailer, Stake, 12-ton, 4-wheel towed by an M-818 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton 6x6. Courtesy eBay seller fuzzy_toaster.

Flat bed semitrailers are used to haul general cargo, with or without stake-supported side panels. The flat surface of the semitrailer, with no side panels, is intended for pallets, strapped loads, or containers. With the addition of stake body side panels, an open box is created that can be used for bulk cargo or loose items. When used for transporting personnel, the stake-side semitrailer is often called a cattle car.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
7-Ton 7-Ton Semitrailer, Panel Cargo 7-Ton Semitrailer, Panel Cargo
M-118 M-118 Semitrailer, Stake, 6-ton, single axle (G-751) M-118 Semitrailer, Stake, 6-ton, single axle (G-751)
M-127 M-127 Semitrailer, 12-ton, 4-wheel (G-750) M-127 Semitrailer, 12-ton, 4-wheel (G-750)
M-345 M-345 Flat Bed Trailer, 10-Ton, 2-Axle, 4-Wheel (G-816)
Manual TM 9-8242
 
M-871 M871, M871A1, M871A2, M871A3, Semitrailer, 22 1/2-ton M871, M871A1, M871A2,  M871A3, Semitrailer, 22 1/2-ton
M-872 M872, M872A1, M872A2, M872A3, M872A4, Semitrailer, 34-ton M872, M872A1, M872A2,  M872A3, Semitrailer, 34-ton