|Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders.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.
The British Army 6th Airborne Division was formed in mid 1943 and made up of three
brigades. The 6th ADs first mission took place on June 6, 1944 as part of the D-Day
Normandy Invasion. The task was called Operation Tonga with an objective to secure the
left flank of Operation Overlord. In September 1944 they returned to the UK but in
December 1944 they were recalled to Belgium to help counter the Battle of the Bulge.
The British 6th Airborne Division Willys Jeep was referred to as the “Blitz Buggy”.
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 British Airborne Jeep w/trail
6th Airborne Division, British Army,
Normandy , June 1944
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