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About Military Jeeps

The jeep began in the early years of World War II, before the entry of the United States. The fascinating story of the jeep's origin is told in these Olive-Drab.com pages supplemented by pages for each of the important prototype army jeep vehicles that were part of the 1940-1941 design competition that produced the standardized, mass production jeep.

USMC M-825 TOW missile variant of M-151A2 jeep rolls down the ramp of a utility landing craft during Marines landing operations in Lebanon, September 1982
USMC M-825 TOW missile variant of M-151A2 jeep rolls down the ramp of a utility landing craft during Marines' landing operations in Lebanon, September 1982.

Today in WW II: 23 Jul 1940 American Bantam and Willys-Overland submit the only two bids for the Quartermaster Corps light reconnaissance and command cars, the origin of the military jeep.  More 
23 Jul 1941 Original World War II contract for jeeps awarded to Willys with Ford added Nov 1941 to increase production.
23 Jul 1945 Submarine USS Barb [SS-220] destroys a Japanese locomotive and supply train at Patience Bay off the coast of Karafuto, Japan, the only known such attack by a submarine.
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Guide to U.S. Military Jeeps

This group of Olive-Drab.com pages has a section for each type of military jeep along with background and general army jeep information pages. A complete list of military jeep photo pages is at the linked Olive-Drab.com page.

World War II Military Jeeps: The Original Army Jeep

Military Jeeps After World War II

The World War II Willys MB and Ford GPW were only produced until mid-1945, but remained in the U.S. military inventory for several decades after that. They were replaced by a series of "improved" 1/4-ton 4x4 trucks that continued the basic design of the WW II models, but with upgrades to modernize them. The last of the breed was the M-151 series jeep which served in Vietnam but was replaced by the much larger and heavier HMMWV starting in the mid-1980s.

Military Jeep Information at Olive-Drab.com

In addition to the pages listed in the list above, Olive-Drab.com has extensive coverage of the military jeeps:

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of military jeeps at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

Find More Information on the Internet

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