|Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders.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 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion was activated on May 1, 1942. On August 8, 1944
they landed on Utah Beach with their M10 TD’s and Jeeps for the Recon Company.
During August they crossed France and took part in combat at Metz in September. Next
they went to Holland and in October, were re-equipped with M36’s. In November they
pushed to the Roer River in support of the Ninth Army then transferred to the 7th Army
and took part in the Ardennes battle in December and the defense of St. Vith. On March
23, 1945 they crossed the Rhine at Remagen and fought at the Ruhr Pocket in April. On
May 3, 1945 the 814th reached the Baltic coast.
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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US Willys Jeep
7th Armored Div.
814th Tank Destroyer Bttn.
Recon. Company No.22
Jan 1945 Belgium
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