The first jeep and it's by Bantam!

The first jeep and it’s by Bantam!

The WW2 jeep is famous around my house.  My grandsons, Marcos and his brother, Carlos love to ride in the jeep.  Every time they see the 1942 Ford GPW they say, “Can we go for a ride, grandpa?”  Who am I to turn them down?  Mainly we stick to the yard.  The jeep goes around trees and up and down little hills.  Next we blaze a trail through the neighborhood on familiar streets.  Then it’s back to the yard and around the house a couple of more times before the jeep settles down and is put back in the garage.  The neighbors may think I’m nuts…but my grandsons think I’m the greatest!  What would you do?

You also might be interested in a book that I wrote about grandpa and WW2 jeeps, Grandpa’s War Pony is a book I wrote for my grandchildren to explain what a WW2 jeep was and how it was used.

Perhaps the greatest instrument of war to come out of the Second World War and forged into something still in use today is arguably—the 1/4-ton reconnaissance car or jeep. The jeep during WW2 was a new and speedy little vehicle designed to get in and go where motorcycles couldn’t go. It was the baby of a little company called American Bantam Car Company and the U. S. Army’s Infantry Branch.

The book is filled with colorized photos that have been stylized in a “cartoon” manner to help maintain children’s interest.

The Great American Pin UpThe Great American Pin Up

WW2 and pin-ups?   The pin-up was a very popular “art form” during WW2.  There are a lot of books that have been written about pinups.   The Great American Pin-Up (Midi) is one of the ones that I like.  It has a collection of art from many different artists and from many decades.  The book does a great job of covering the subject.  You might be interested in it as well. The Great American Pin-Up (Midi) is available from Amazon.com.

There are other books celebrating the pin-up.  Here’s another one you might like, 1000 Pin-Up Girls (25th Anniversary Special Edtn).

I like to walk around my jeep and look at it from all angles.
I like to walk around my jeep and look at it from all angles.

Pre-Standardized Jeep by David DoylePre-Standardized Jeep (Walk Around Color Series)

David Doyle is a prolific author on many military vehicle subjects.  His latest book is about early WW2 jeeps.  According to Amazon.com, the book is “80 pages.  A detailed look at Jeep’s early evolution with more than 250 photographs, color profiles and detailed line drawings. Three distinct versions of a reconnaissance car were produced before they were standardized into the World War II-era Jeep. Bantam, Ford and Willys produced different models to win military contracts. “  Check out the book, available from Amazon.com – Pre-Standardized Jeep (Walk Around Color Series).

I just love riding in the WW2 jeep after dinner before it gets too cold. Why not see what the Chief of Artillery has to say?

I just love riding in the WW2 jeep after dinner before it gets too cold. Why not find out more about the early jeeps that helped when the war

You also might be interested in my book covering the same subject, BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. The book is 172 pages and the majority of the pictures were taken by me as I walked around and crawled under the pre-standardized jeeps.

I love to read books about WW2 jeeps, don't you?

I can’t get enough books about the WW2 jeep.  Can you?

51pajnbh2jl_sl160_Amazon.com: Jeeps at War: Robert A. Fletcher This is a cute book written and illustrated by the Fletcher family.  In fact three generations of Fletchers collaborated to create the book.  The book is great for children or those casually interested in jeep facts.  The book claims that 350,000 jeeps were produced for the US and that 250,000 were built for use by our allies.  One of the many drawings shows what looks like a WW2 jeep with a postwar winter enclosure with doors.  Other facts are just as strained, “jeeps were dropped by parachutes or delivered by gliders.” Really? The only evidence I’ve ever seen is that jeeps were delivered by gliders.The book is in my collection and I won’t part with it.  It’s nearly perfect for children who won’t get caught up in the details but will enjoy the story line and the pictures.  You can find this book at Amazon.com – Jeeps at War.

Army Jill and the WW2 jeep.

The jeep and pin-ups just seem to go together.  During WW2 pin-ups were a highly desired commodity by most GIs.

For the Boys

According to Amazon.com’s website, “A lavishly illustrated scrapbook of World War II pin-up memorabilia, For The Boys showcases the morale-boosting pin-up calendars, postcards, cartoons, matchbooks, and playing cards that sweethearts, wives, and relatives sent from the home front to their men in the armed forces.  ”

Check it out – For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II.

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Take aim at this book!  I think you will like it. I know I did.

The JEEP in every possible condition.THE JEEP IN EVERY POSSIBLE CONDITION: Or, How to Restore Your Jeep This book is written in French and English.  While it isn’t really a “how to” manual strictly speaking, it does offer enough interesting details to be well worth the price.   The book is a “step by step” outline on how to repair or restore your jeep.  Not everything is covered like indicating which year of jeep should have what specific detail.  But it did have a lot of pictures on engine assembly and things to look out for. Pictures covering the transmission, transfer case and axles, too.   The book stops being about repairing or rebuilding your jeep with page 81.  There are a few WW2 pictures that are interesting.

What is confusing about this book is that it includes some jeep oddities that frankly look like “Bubba” would be really interested in this book. The rest of the  book has pictures of a stretched jeep as well as documenting how one of the authors built a Willy MB 6×6 using some “found” Dodge parts.  It’s a part of my book collection and I encourage you to check this book out on Amazon.com.  You can find it easily by clicking the link  – THE JEEP IN EVERY POSSIBLE CONDITION: Or, How to Restore Your Jeep.

During WW2 we helped a number of countries that we counted as Allies, including the Soviet Union.

During WW2 we helped a number of countries that we counted as Allies, including the Soviet Union.

The US supplied a lot of equipment and other goods to the Soviet Union during WW2.  The guys below were on the way to Russia.  A tough trip to be sure!  This was a part of the lend lease to other countries with products from the US.

War correspondents on the road betwen Iran and Russia.

Just taking a break.

Correspondents with a United States Army truck convoy which carried supplies for the aid of Russia somewhere in Iran.  Photo from the National Archives.

You might be interested in finding out more about the lend lease program by checking out Russia’s Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II.