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Vacuum Windshield Wipers for Jeeps

Maintenance notice about new vacuum windshield wiper kits for jeeps from Army Motors, Vol. 6, No. 2, May 1945:

Vacuum Windshield Wipers for Jeeps

Some of you jeep herders can start riding “no hands”—as far as your windshield wipers are concerned. A new vacuum-operated windshield-wiper kit, Item Stock No. G503-5700249, is being issued for ¼-tons in areas where the rain is heavy and the downpour season long. A TB, out soon, will give the authority and parts numbers.

Jeep Vacuum Windshield Wipers

Fig. 1—Into each life some rain must fall. But it won't bother you if your jeep qualifies for these vacuum windshield wipers.

The kit’s complete with two motors, arms and blades, tubing, hose, clamps, and fittings to do the job. All you need’s a few tools and a little energy. Fig. 1 shows the finished installation.

Remember, this kit’s for where it keeps rainin’ all the time, practically, and both hands are better off on the wheel.

Kits are expected to be available this month (May), but don’t bust your pencil making out requisitions unless you qualify as a long-term rain-in-the-face.


Loading a Jeep into a C-47 Cargo Plane

Instructions for loading a jeep into a C-47 cargo plane from Loading of Field Artillery Materiel for Air Transport, Instruction Memorandum, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, March 1943.

The C-47 airplane. This airplane has a pay load of 4900 pounds when loaded with 450 gallons of gasoline and is capable of carrying the 37-mm gun, the 75-mm howitzer and the 105-mm howitzer, M3, but no heavier weapons. Early models have a door only 70 inches wide; later models have a door 84½ inches wide which permits the 1/4-ton truck to be loaded. Weapons and vehicles are loaded by hand by means of a ramp.

Loading Jeep Up Ramp to C47 Cargo Plane

Loading the ¼-ton truck into a cargo airplane.

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Jeeps in Italy

Two pictures of jeeps in Italy from a small collection of WWII veteran photographs purchased on EBay. Unfortunately, the photos have badly deteriorate and no location or unit information is known. [Source: Collection.]

WW2 Jeep with Signal Cable Reel in Italy

© Collection

U.S. Army Jeep Dug-in, Italy WW2

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Jeep River Crossing

A novel way to tow a jeep across a river from FM 2-30: Cavalry Mechanized Reconnaissance Squadron, War Department, March 1943:

DUKW tow Jeeps across River

The amphibians (DUKWs) may be left with their respective platoons to be sent across singly or towing one or more ¼-ton trucks wrapped in tarpaulins.


USO Performers and Jeep

Two photographs of an unknown group of USO performers in the ETO during WWII from the website collection.

USO Performers:

USO Performer Group -- WW2 ETO

© Collection

Jeep with Front Armored Shield:

WW2 U.S. Radio Jeep with Armor Shield

© Collection

Source: Collection.

12th Army Group Provost Marshal

A rare set of bumper code markings for a jeep of the Provost Marshal Section of the 12th Army Group.

Jeep of 12th Army Group Provost Marshal Section

Captured Jeeps

Jeep Captured by Germans in WW2

Fallschirmjäger inspect a captured American Jeep and trailer. A German amphibious Volkswagen Schwimmwagen is parked in the background. (Creative Commons: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-584-2159-27 / Reich / CC-BY-SA)

Beute Amerikanischer Jeep - Wehrmacht WWII

Wehrmacht panzer troops with a captured American Jeep in Northern France during the Summer of 1944. (Creative Commons: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-301-1970-33 / Hasse / CC-BY-SA)

Captured Jeep

In the same location as above, German soldiers point out the U.S. marking for the cameraman. (Creative Commons: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-301-1970-34 / Hasse / CC-BY-SA)

Captured Russian Jeep, Eastern Front, WW2

German soldiers in a captured Soviet jeep on the Eastern Front. (Creative Commons: Bundesarchiv, Bild 169-0938 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA)


Follow Thru: 60th Infantry Regiment

Below are a few photographs from Follow Thru, the unit history of the 60th Infantry Regiment which was published by the unit during occupation duty in Germany. The 60th Infantry “Go Devils” served as part of the 9th Infantry Division.

WW2 Jeep with Twin Bazookas

Jeep with twin bazookas on an improvised mounting from the I&R platoon in Belgium in January 1945.

WW2 Soldiers of the 9th Infantry Division with Captured German Antitank Gun

Soldiers of the 60th Infantry Regiment with a burned-out German antitank gun.

Jeep from HQ of 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division

Jeep from the HQ of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.

Captured German 120-mm Mortar; 12cm GrW 42

Soldiers of the 60th with a captured German 120-mm heavy mortar (12cm GrW 42).

Snow Camouflage

Soldiers sew snow camouflage suits.