When it comes to World War II, there is one thing we know for sure: the innovations in automobiles continuously evolved to provide solutions. The demand and use of the classic military Jeep saw variations and upgrades as war demands have spiked across the globe. Without these groundbreaking auto ideas, some of today’s military battle equipment would not exist.
Let’s take a closer look at the amphibious Jeep and other military Jeep variations that evolved with time.
The Infamous Amphibious
The infamous amphibious, also known as the DUKW, was a truck-boat hybrid that changed the game for soldiers in battle. It was complete with ammunition, supplies, and soldiers and served as necessary transportation across terrain and water.
The Army put the request out for a specific design to solve a need, and the boat-like truck came to the surface and met these specifications. It can hold up to 25 soldiers and 5,000 pounds of cargo, artillery, and soldier’s equipment and maintain speeds of five knots. On land, it can travel up to 50 miles per hour. There were 20,000 DUKWs produced during WWII.
The frontline ambulances were an obvious need when the death roll started rising. Once the military had solutions for basic war transportation, a specific designation for ambulatory purposes came to fruition. Kaiser Jeep in Toledo produced over 4,000 units that could travel at ranges of 300 miles, and this enabled them to reach medical facilities and travel greater distances.
Some accessories that accompanied the ambulance include basic tools like pliers, jacks, and spark plugs. There was also a .30 caliber medic light, three stretchers, and a fire extinguisher.
The super mule was a plank on wheels, but its functionality was necessary. The board-like structure allowed soldiers to transport fuel, fight fires, and carry tanks. While they have an odd appearance, they were critical vehicles in Vietnam and beyond.
The mule was a bare-bones vehicle that featured a minimal driver’s seat and a platform for transport. Even though the design features were simple, the intention was to send the mule into places the traditional Jeep could not.
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