World War II saw the invention of the Jeep, almost as sure footed as a horse. Here is a rare example of an early model Jeep, known as a "Slat" front, from the construction of the grill.
These GMC "Deuce and a Half" 6 x 6 cargo trucks were much more reliable than a horse and transported thousands and thousands of tons of supplies during WWII.
The Army even came up with an amphibious version of the 6 x 6 cargo truck, nick-named the "Duck".
Many Ducks are still in service, they've been civilianized and are used as tour vehicles around the country. Here is a picture of a civilianized Duck being used daily in Branson, MO. How many 65 year old vehicles do you see still on the road every day?
The museum has this beautifully restored military Harley Davidson.
The museum has rows of Jeeps, maybe that's why you can't find an Army surplus Jeep for $50 anymore like used to be advertised in the pages of Popular Mechanics.
This Jeep is a perfect one for me. You only have to do three things, start, stop and remember to drive faster than the train coming up behind you!
More interesting and strange Army vehicles tomorrow.
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