U.S. 2 1/2 ton & 5 ton Trucks: Websites

As the world's most popular military trucks, the U.S. 2 1/2 ton and 5 ton cargo trucks are the subject of many websites and information resources on the Internet. This page has a few of the best sites listed, but you can find many more by using your search engine.

2 1/2 ton 6x6 trucks stacked for ocean shipment, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 20 June 1944
2 1/2 ton 6x6 trucks stacked for ocean shipment, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 20 June 1944.

Today in WW II: 20 Mar 1939 Nazi Germany issues ultimatum to Lithuania to cede its Klaipeda Region [Memel Territory], lost by Germany in WW I.  More 
20 Mar 1944 RAF Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade survives 4000 meter [13000+ ft] drop without a parachute over Germany.
20 Mar 1944 Beginning of Allied invasion to occupy Emirau Island, Northern Solomons, effectively cutting off the Solomon Islands and the Bismarck Archipelago from the Japanese.
20 Mar 1945 Mandalay, Burma liberated from the Japanese by 19th Indian Division after diversionary attack at Meiktila [Mar 20-21].
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

American Military 2 1/2 and 5 Ton Trucks -- Internet Resources

An M35A2 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 cargo truck at Malemute Drop Zone, Ft. Richardson, Alaska, during Exercise Brim Frost '87, January 1987
An M35A2 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 cargo truck at Malemute Drop Zone, Ft. Richardson, Alaska, during Exercise Brim Frost '87, January 1987.

Roscommon Equipment Center develops and tests equipment for fire control specializing in the conversion of U.S. military vehicles to wildland fire suppression units. Their web site has a number of downloadable reports regarding M-1008/9 CUCV, HMMWV, 2 1/2 ton and other military vehicles they have worked with. Topics include an analysis of the HMMWV, conversion from 24v to 12v electrical systems, and engine repower experiences.

US Land Warfare Systems are covered in detail on this site created by the Federation of American Scientists. Detailed descriptions, with photos, are provided for hundreds of trucks, armor, and artilliery types in the US inventory.

Vehicles of Victory is an excellent source for Chevy (G-506) and GMC CCKW (G-508) WW II truck specifications, technical information, how-to, parts and vehicles.

The GMC CCKW-353, workhorse 2 1/2 ton truck of World War II, is fully covered in this dedicated site. Lots of photos and restoration information.

Mark's Green Truck Page features his M-109A3 shop van plus a lot of information about truck radios.

The CCKW is also found on StoveBolt.com. The website is focused on older GMC trucks and has a lot of advice and information which applies to military GMC models of that era. Use their Search box to find photos and info about several CCKWs that have been posted to the site.

David Castle's Restored Army Kitchen Truck tells the story of getting an M-211 2 1/2 ton 6x6 home and the restoration. Also includes a lot of reference material on Army mobile kitchens.

This page tells the story of a coal powered Studebaker 6X6 truck built for the U.S. Army in the late 1940s.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

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