By Steven J. Zaloga
The jeep was once the main well-known army car of worldwide struggle II, and its identify has turn into synonymous with a complete type of army and civilian all-terrain automobiles. The jeep originated in a prewar US military requirement for an easy, reasonably cheap, and strong car for easy software chores. Its uncomplicated layout proved to be adaptable to a number of army projects together with use as a scout automobile, battlefield ambulance, communications motor vehicle, and employees automobile. This publication, protecting "the savior of worldwide warfare II", makes a speciality of the layout and improvement of this flexible car used on approximately each entrance of worldwide warfare II.
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Extra info for Jeeps 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Volume 117)
This account was based on published material as well as on unpublished archival material on the history of the jeep from the US Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania and the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at College Park, Maryland. Jeep books fall into roughly three main categories - general histories, books aimed at modelers and hobbyists, and books aimed at jeep restorers and owners - with the last category predominating. Since so manyjeeps ended up in private hands, there are numerous books providing extremely detailed accounts of jeep parts necessary for restoring jeeps to the~r original wartime condition.
42 Askew, Mark, Rare World War 2 Jeep: Photo Archive 1940-45, jeep World (2001). This excellent photo album provides extensive coverage of the many odd and lesser-known jeep derivatives. Baan, Mocina, & Rob van Meel, British AirborneJeeps: Modifications and Markings 1942-45, Groucho (1997). A fine study of the many modifications made to British airborne jeeps with many illustrations from the original documents. Becker, Emile, & Guy Dentzer, Jeep: Bantam-Willys-Ford, G. Willems (1994). Published in French in Luxembourg, this heavily illustrated volume is a virtual encyclopedia of information onjeep history and components, and one of the best single volumes on the wartime jeep.
In the design as a towing vehicle for airfield use, the MT-Tug. In the end, the Army did not feel that any of the Super Jeep designs merited production as they duplicated roles already being undertaken by successful vehicles such as the Y4ton and 1 Y2ton trucks. Besides the lengthened jeep, in 1944 Willys also pursued the idea of an improved jeep capable of carrying a Y2ton load. The MLW-4 jeep resembled the normal jeep but had improved axles, a lengthened wheelbase, wider tires, and a cargo-style rear-bed.