|Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders.
Bantam Car Company was the initial winner but couldn’t meet demand so the job went to
Willys-Overland Motors. Willys was to take the best design features of the three
submitted tenders and build a standardized vehicle. Eventually in order to meet an even
greater demand the Ford Motors Company was asked to build a similar vehicle. During
World War II there was a total of 647,870 Jeeps produced by the three companies; Willys-
Overland produced 362,841 of them.
On February 14, 1944 the Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia began. The Allies raced to
capture the port of Tunis by way of the Kasserine Pass, a two mile wide gap in the Atlas
Mountains and the German forces were waiting and perfectly poised to take them by
surprise. Axis troops went to meet the Americans and then fell back luring the Americans
into the trap. When the battle was over the Americans had suffered their most humiliating
defeat with ten thousand U.S. casualties and two thousand German.
Specifications for WWII Jeep
Manufacturer - Willys-Overland
Crew - 1 with up to 3 others
Weight (gross) - 3,125 lb (1,417 kg)
Engine - Carburetor, liquid cooled, “Go Devil” 4 cylinder (Willys L-head), 60 hp @ 4.000
rpm, 134 cu. In. (2.200 cm3) displacement
Transmission - Warner T-84J / 3-speed synchro-mesh
Transfer case - Dana Spicer 18 / 2-speed
Gear shifter - floor mounted
Front axle - beam-leaf
Rear axle - beam-leaf
Brakes - Hydraulic
Front – drum
Rear – drum
Type – gasoline
Capacity - 15 US gallons (56.78 liters)
Range - 375 miles (600 km)
Electrical system - 6 volt, negative ground
Tires - (4) + (1) spare / 6 X 16 (non-directional)
Ground clearance - 8.75 in (22.22 cm)
Standard - 18 in (45.72 cm / .4572 m)
Maximum - 21 in (53.34 cm / .5334 m)
Length - 132.75 in (3.371 m).
Wheelbase - 80 in (2.032 m).
Width - 62 in (1.5748 m).
Top up - 69.75 in (1.77165 m).
To top of steering wheel w/top down - 51.25 in (1.30175 m).
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Willys Jeep with 37mm aniti-tank gun
3rd Bttn., 1st Armored Rgt., 1st Armored
Div., Tunisia, 1943
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