of the Jeep
1940, the U.S. military decided to command a light reconnaissance
vehicle. It called the help of the American Bantam Car Company located
in Pennsylvania (USA). Willys and Ford firms are also involved in
the manufacture of prototypes, each of them.
The model adopted
in October 1941 by the American army is produced by the company
and called Willys MB. But once the United States entered the war
after Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Army wanted two different
suppliers. Then it chooses Ford, which produced the same vehicle
manufactured by Willys but called GPW.
this small reconnaissance vehicle was called "Jeep." The
origin of this nickname came from the oral contraction of the letters
GP (for "General Purpose") which became "Jeep".
Fast and convenient,
this vehicle was the car to do everything. Thus can we see Jeep
used as ambulances, troops transport, command car, etc...
Used by a large
majority of the armies in the world after World War II, the Jeep
is a symbol of this international conflict and is still widely used
Willys MB sheet
Name: Jeep Willys MB
Total production: 650 000 units (during WW2)
Length: 3,36 m
Width: 1,58 m
Height: 1,77 m
Weight: 1400 kg
Maximum speed: 105 km/h
Range: 380 km
12,7 mm Browning machine gun
4-cylinder Willys Overland MB gazoline, 60 hp to 3820 rpm