Waffen SS in the Ardennes Figures

New 1/35th-scale resin German figure sets from D-Day Miniature Studio:
   • No. 35027 — Waffen SS Soldiers at Rest, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35030 — Waffen SS Jeep Crew, Ardennes 1944
Figures are also available individually as:
   • No. 35025 — Waffen SS Soldier Eating, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35026 — Waffen SS Tanker, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35028 — Waffen SS Jeep Driver, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35029 — Waffen SS Jeep Passenger, Ardennes 1944

All figures are resin and sculpted by Pawel Krasicki. List price is 23€ for the sets, and 12€ for the individual figures.




Jeep Sling

Instructions for making a jeep lift bar from the 881st Ordnance HAM Company, from Army Motors, July 1945.


Ordinarily, when you evacuate a helpless jeep and have to lift it on or off a cargo truck with your wrecker, the victim is hoisted by wrapping a chain around it. This gets it where it’s going. But often the jeep is in even worse shape when you’re through because the chain damages the body. To prevent a lot of unnecessary repair work, the 881st Ord. HAM Co. got busy and devised a simple sling that holds the jeep firmly but never leaves a mark.

Jeep Sling Figure 2

The sling is made of a reinforced 6″ I-beam, a chain with a hook at one end, two chains with hooks on the other end, and two heavy metal rings near the center of the beam. You reinforce the I-beam on both sides, preferably with U-channel iron if you’ve got it; otherwise use plate. It’s better not to extend these reinforcements along the beam’s full length or it’ll increase the sling’s weight considerably. Instead, you can place one at each end and overlap them in the center for added strength under the ring holes.

In case you can’t find an I-beam, two pieces of frame side-rail bolted or welded together will do just as well and you won’t have to bother to reinforce it. You’ll find the exact dimensions for building the sling in Fig. 1.

Jeep Sling Figure 1

To put this sling to work, first lower the top and windshield of the 1/4-ton and see that the rear seat is level with the back edge of the body. Then place the I-beam lengthwise over the jeep with the single-chain end to the rear (Fig. 2). Hook the single chain in the pintle, or if there isn’t any, under the rear edge of the frame. Then hook the other two chains under the two frame-ends supporting the front bumper. After you place the wrecker hook through the center rings, you can gently lift the jeep to where you want it with nary a slip.


Voting Overseas, 1944

Original Caption: MARIANAS IS. — Propped against the wheel of his jeep with a veteran’s happy indifference to mud, bearded S/Sgt Dale Blakeslee of Carson City, Mich., (his last shave was 9 July, 1944), uses a leisure minute to fill out the personal information form on his war ballot. Print rec’d 11/6/44 from BPR. U.S. Air Force Photograph.

Bearded Soldier with Jeep, Marianas, 1944

( U.S. Air Force Photo )


SAS Jeep

New 1/35th-scale plastic model kit from Dragon: No. 6724, SAS 1/4-Ton 4×4 Patrol Commander’s Car.

Continue reading SAS Jeep

You Can’t Start a French-Rebuilt Jeep Unless…

Instructions for dealing with Jeeps with Solex carburetors from Army Motors, September 1945.


A quick way to go stark, raving nuts is to sit at the wheel of a jeep equipped with a replacement French carburetor, and try to start it without previously having been tipped off about what’s what with these carburetors.

Hundreds of batteries have been ground down because People Didn’t Know, and international relations have not been so shaky since cognac went up to 50 francs a snort.

When you start a jeep that has the original American carburetor, you naturally step on the accelerator to feed it gas, or maybe pull out the throttle. In true Yankee fashion, the truck responds with a happy roar and you are off in a shower of genuine Willys parts.

But French carburetors speak a different language. They are Solex non-standard carburetors–and if you know anything about Solex European carburetors, you remember that many of them use a fuel primer to spray gas into the engine for quick starting instead of choking as on American vehicles. But these non-standard Solex carburetors do not even have the fuel primer–they depend on the choke to furnish fuel for starting. And there the resemblance to your American carburetor stops–because there’s no direct connection between the accelerator pedal or throttle and the carburetor accelerating-pump. In other words, when you hit the accelerating pedal or work the throttle button, the accelerating pump in the carburetor does not throw a spurt of fuel into the engine to help you get started. All the accelerator does is wave the carburetor butterfly around.

So when you sit there mashing down on the accelerator pedal, all you do is open wide the carburetor butterfly. This breaks the vacuum in the manifold and the choke can’t operate fully (the choke operates on the vacuum in the manifold to draw gasoline from the carburetor bowl through a by-pass around the butterfly valve). With the choke not operating properly, there’s nothing–absolutely nothing–throwing enough of a charge of gasoline into the engine to help you get started.

You sit there in a fit of blind rage working away at the accelerator pedal and grinding down the battery.

Wake up, man, wake up–the whole division’s laughing. The only true way to start your jeep, if it has a French-rebuilt engine featuring the non-standard Solex carburetor, is to leave the accelerator pedal and throttle button alone and use the choke for starting. As follows: Switch on the ignition. Pull the choke out all the way. Step on the starter. Do not touch the accelerator pedal or throttle.

Since many of these Solex carburetors will be finding their way to the Pacific, it might be a wise idea to stencil these instructions on these jeeps for all to see.

For the benefit of mechanics, an ETO bulletin announces that there are no repair kits available for reconditioning these carburetors. In the ETO, they will be returned to the Salvage and Reclamation Officer, Depot 0-644, for repair. In the Pacific, you’ll probably just have to replace them.

To identify these carburetors, the bulletin says they will be marked with two diagonal blue stripes around the main body. Also, engines rebuilt with these carburetors will be so tagged.


Cavalry Reconnaissance Antiaircraft Weapons

Antiaircraft security while moving: from Cavalry Field Manual FM 2-30: Cavalry Mechanized Reconnaissance Squadron, U.S. War Department, March 1943.

SECURITY — While Moving. Antiaircraft weapons in all elements of the squadron are alerted for antiaircraft fire at all times. Whenever overhead cover is available, units will attempt to escape detection by concealment. When observed and attacked by hostile aircraft, all possible small-arms fire should be brought to bear on the attackers. If aerial threat develops during operations in open country, the best security is effected by dispersion of vehicles, off the road, if possible, or by extending the column to increase the distance between vehicles. Columns with a distance of from 200 to 300 yards between vehicles present an unremunerative target because they force airplanes to attack each vehicle separately.

Jeep Antiaircraft Machine Gun -- Wrong

(1) Wrong

Jeep Antiaircraft Machine Gun -- Right

(2) Right

FIGURE 10.–Antiaircraft weapons are alerted for antiaircraft fire at all times.


Don’t Be A Dope III

Another “Don’t Be A Dope” training poster starring Joe Dope:

Dont be a Dope -  Stuka Attack - Clean You Gun

When the Stukas begin to attack
Ain’t the time to make up for a lack
     Of cleaning your gun –
     Which won’t shoot at a Hun
With a month’s gummy dust on its back!

Jeep Trailer

Two detail views of the WWII jeep cargo trailer from ORD 8 SNL G-529: Spare Parts and Equipment for Trailer, ¼-Ton Payload, 2-Wheel, Cargo, 1942-42 (American Bantam T-3 and Willys MBT), Headquarters, Army Service Forces, July 1945.

Jeep Cargo Trailer


Jeep Trailer Bantam Willys



Don’t Be A Dope II

Another humorous “Don’t be a dope!” poster from WWII.

Don't be a Dope Jeep Poster

Don’t be a dope! Handle Equipment Right!
With an air of complete unconcern // Joe Dope speeds his Jeep ’round a turn // And slams on his brakes //At each stop that he makes — // You’d think we had tires to burn!

Jeep Tows a Glider

A jeep provides a tow for a U.S. Marine glider at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. in May 1942. (Library of Congress, fsac.1a35111.)

Jeep Tows Glider at Parris Island