Dodge WC 51-52 4×4 truck
History, technical sheet and photo
Dodge WC 51-52 history
Designed in April 1942 from the Dodge WC3 model, the Dodge Weapons Carrier (Weapons Carrier), model 51 and 52 (identical version but equipped in addition to a Braden winch of 2.27 tons ) Allow the Allies to have a robust and reliable means of transport whose chassis is the basis of many other models.
Equipped with off-road tires, the Dodge WC can also carry weapons and ammunition (as their name suggests) and personnel as long as wooden benches can be installed in boxes. In 1944 alone, 63,133 WC vehicles were produced by Dodge.
Several models are created from the chassis of the WC 51: the Dodge ambulance (WC 54 then WC 64KD), command vehicle – or WC-control unit (WC 56 and WC 57 for the model fitted with the winch) or signal vehicle (WC 58). Finally, a Dodge transport troops, whose box is extended to accommodate more soldiers, is developed in 6×6 version: WC 62.
Products on a large scale, the Dodge WC are particularly present during the Battle of Normandy and are very suitable for sometimes muddy country roads. It is the most famous vehicle on the field after the Jeep. Thus, it is widely used again after the Second World War and in many armies like those of France or of Great Britain.
Dodge WC 51 specification
Creator: United States of America
Denomination: Dodge T214 Type WC 52, Truck, Weapon Carrier, 3/4-Ton, 4×4
Number built: 123,541
Length: 4,24 m
Width: 2,10 m
Height with tarpaulin: 2,17 m
Height without tarpaulin: 1,71 m
Total weight: 2,560 kg
Maximum speed: 85 km/h
Operational range: 440 km
Armament (optional): one 12,7 mm Browning machine gun
Payload: 800 kg or transport capacity of 4 equipped soldiers
Engine: Dodge T-214 92 hp (69 kW)