Willys MB US Army Jeep. The characteristic Willys MB US Army Jeep, called Willys was manufactured for the US Army during World War II. It is a robust, multi-purpose SUV. Simple and indestructible. After America are forces largely withdrew from Europe, many Willy jeeps were sold to armies of other countries and individuals. There are presently still very much around Willy's. It is an icon of WW2 and therefore highly sought after by enthusiasts.
The origin of the US Army Willys MB Jeep
The indestructible Jeep
Origin of the name 'Jeep'
Technical details Willys MB US Army Jeep
The characteristic Willys
The characteristic Willys MB US Army Jeep, called Willys was manufactured for the US Army during World War II, from the year 1941 to 1945. The vehicle is now regarded as an icon of World War II.
In the late 30s the US military was forced her existing but outdated fleet of lightweight vehicles, consisting mainly motorcycles with sidecars but also some T Fords to replace. They needed a new lightweight, all-wheel-drive vehicle for general use, an SUV. The US government asked quotations from different companies. The government opted for a design that was largely coined by the Bantam Car Company. Bantam, however, did not have facilities to take the vehicle into mass production. Moreover, the military wanted multiple vendors. The company Willys-Overland was the late 40s a contract to build the vehicles. The famous car factory Ford was offered a contract. Of the approximately 650,000 jeeps during WW2 produced, has Willys-Overland made more than 360,000.
Jeeps are robust and proven reliable in the war. The jeeps were by soldiers, popular for their durability and indestructibility. It was a multi-purpose vehicle. So the jeep was used as an ambulance for transporting troops, as command car, etc. Also a machine gun could be placed. It was a quick, nimble, to for use anywhere vehicle. The General George C. Marshall called the Jeep "America's greatest contribution to modern warfare." A bigger compliment is inconceivable.
Pretty soon this small reconnaissance vehicle was given the name "Jeep". The origin of this nickname is likely due to the contraction of the letters GP, which stands for 'General Purpose', so the word "Jeep" was born. Another widespread theory is that the vehicle was named for a character in the Popeye comic Eugene the Jeep. Willys was in 1946 the copyright on the name 'Jeep'.