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HG4214 Willys British Airborne Jeep w/trail 6th Airborne Division, British Army, Normandy , June 1944

Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders.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)
Performance
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
Suspension
Front axle - beam-leaf Rear axle - beam-leaf Brakes - Hydraulic Front – drum Rear – drum
Fuel
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) Fording depth Standard - 18 in (45.72 cm / .4572 m) Maximum - 21 in (53.34 cm / .5334 m)
Dimensions
Length - 132.75 in (3.371 m). Wheelbase - 80 in (2.032 m). Width - 62 in (1.5748 m). Height Top up - 69.75 in (1.77165 m). To top of steering wheel w/top down - 51.25 in (1.30175 m)