There’s an individual that you may not know but was very instrumental in the development of the jeep. He was the Chief of Infantry from 1937 to 1941. It was his insight that guided his staff to search for a vehicle that would replace the horse and the motorcycle as used by the Infantry. That vehicle was the Bantam BRC and it would become famous and known as the jeep.
Major General George A. Lynch, one of the fathers of the jeep died August 10, 1962 at the age of 82. He had retired 1 May 1941 from the Army, after serving in the Army for 41 years.
You can find out more about General Lynch’s part in developing and procuring the jeep by reading Jeep Genesis – the Rifkind Report. The book is available through Amazon.com and other booksellers.
You also might be interested in BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS for more information about the general and the early jeep development.