GMC CCKW 353 cargo truck


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GMC CCKW 353 truck history

Before the United States entered the war, the US military decided to propose to a number of companies the creation of a troop transport vehicle that was quickly available and convenient.

In 1941, GMC won the competition and mass production began. The qualities of this vehicle are many: the use of a cover to cover the cabin brings a real economy, compared to the use of sheet metal.

Easily deployable, the GMC CCKW 353 can be used both for troop transport (capacity of 10 men equipped in the cabin and 2 people at the front), medical evacuation and food and ammunition refueling. Very quickly, the GMC CCKW 353 established itself as the main transport vehicle for the American armies, and nearly 800,000 units were built between 1941 and 1945.

Sold around the world after the Second World War, this vehicle remained in service in many armies and especially in Europe, until the 1990s.

GMC CCKW 353 truck specification

Creator/User: United States of America
Denomination: GMC CCKW 353
Number built (1941-1945): 562,750

Length: 6,51 m
Width: 2,24 m
Height: 2,80 m
Weight: 2500 kg
Maximum speed: 72 km/h
Operational range: 385 km

Armament (optional): one 12,7 mm Browning machine gun

Transport capacity: 10 equipped soldiers

Engine: GMC 270 6-cylinder, 4,417cc and 104 hp at 2,750rpm