When copy writers are careless with the facts! Original caption, “New 1/4-ton ‘Bantam’ truck at Fort Myer, Virginia,” dated April, 1941. Writers were pretty lose during this time and used “Bantam” to frequently describe the 1/4-ton. With three different 1/4-tons that were very similar in construction it is not difficult to understand the confusion on the part of writers and even servicemen.
Throughout the war the term “Bantam” was used to describe the 1/4-ton, 4×4, truck, no matter what company built it. Find out more about the Bantam jeep in BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. Don’t forget the great book by Rifkind. Rifkind wrote a great history of the jeep shortly after it was introduced to the US Army. While it is US Quartermaster Corps centric, it is still very interesting ready. Check out Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 at Amazon.com and other booksellers.