For more about the Bantam, Ford and Willys jeeps check out BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS—1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. The 1/4-ton, 4×4, truck of World War Two started out in the hands of the Infantry and a little company called American Bantam Car Company. Bantam worked with the Army’s Quartermaster Corps to produce the pilot model that was accepted and then fulfilled their initial contract for 70 trucks. During testing of the pilot both Ford and Willys-Overland were invited to check out this new vehicle. The vehicles were studied in great detail. Soon, at their own expense, Ford and Willys-Overland submitted pilots for testing too. This book covers the production prototypes–Bantam BRC-40, Ford GP and the Willys MA.
Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 gives a great run down of the early history of the jeep written near the time that the events actually happened. If you love old jeeps, you will want this book.
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