Weight Class Markings for Jeeps during WW2?
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Do you watch your weight? It can be important when crossing bridges. You might want to follow advice from the US Army as provided during WW2 (1943) and paint your weight class on your jeep. It will help the bridge cards decide whether or not to let you cross over their bridge?
Like anything else with the jeep in WW2 if you look hard enough you can find examples. The US Army Training Circular No. 15, 1 Nov 1943 added the weight class markers to vehicles. It is described as square in shape (8″ on a side). It says that no self-propelled vehicle whose weight-class is less than 5 tons will be marked. The lightest vehicle to be marked is the 1 1/2-ton truck. Another Training Circular was issued 15 March 1944. No jeeps.
There is also a Training Circular No. 7, 1944.
So far it looks like NO jeeps for US forces.
But all you have to do is look at war time pictures and you can see jeeps marked with a “2″.
Perhaps like many things in WW2 it was up to the area Commanding General to dictate who, what, when and where…and how much?
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