Is it an emergency or parking brake--seems like them's fightin' words for some.  But really get over yourself and READ the manuals!

Is it an emergency or parking brake–seems like them’s fightin’ words for some. But really get over yourself and READ the manuals–it’s a PARKING BRAKE!

Is it a parking brake or an emergency brake?

It is a parking brake, not an emergency brake. This is made clear in the TM 9-803 on page 17, ” Hand Brake (fig.5). The hand brake is applied by pulling out on the handle at the center of the instrument panel. Pull the handle out in a vertical position when the vehicle is parked. The brake is released by turning the handle one-quarter turn.” Emphasis added. This is not to say you couldn’t or shouldn’t use the hand brake in an emergency but that is not what it is designed for.

As a parking brake it is “okay” but I usually place a chock against a wheel anyway.  If you don’t have the jeep manuals then start with – The Complete WW2 Military Jeep Manual.

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