|Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
101st Airborne Div.
506th A.B. Regiment
Company 'C' Vehicle # 4
Normandy June 6 1944
|Bantam Car Company won the initial contract to provide a light motor vehicle. In 1941 the
Military wanted to standardize so one manufacturer was selected, Willys-Overland mostly
because of its “Go Devil” engine the troops raved about. The Willys Jeep had a up so
Ford was contracted to produce an almost identical vehicle, the GPW. During World War
II there was a total of 647,870 Jeeps produced by three manufacturers; Willys-Overland
produced 362,841 of them. Approximately 51,000 were exported to the USSR.
On June 6th, 1944 the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) dropped behind
German lines in France. They disrupted German communications, captured bridges and
controlled roads. They also seized German secondary beach defenses west of Omaha
Beach. Gliders with troops and much needed supplies and Jeeps were arriving. The
Jeeps were for communications, reconnaissance and to carry support weapons,
ammunition, equipment and other supplies. The 101st took part in Operation Market
Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and during the last days of the war they were in
Berchtesgaden, Adolph Hitler's vacation retreat.
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
Front – drum
Rear - drum
Brakes – Hydraulic
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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