When the US Government accepted delivery of a WW2 vehicle like the jeep, it would receive a registration number.

When the US Government accepted delivery of a WW2 vehicle like the jeep, it would receive a registration number.

Registration numbers were supposed to be a permanent number associated with delivery of the vehicle and to assist in identification  of particular vehicles.  Vehicle records would have been kept by registration numbers.  Even today, it is possible to find a registration number buried under several layers of paint.  Sadly, vehicle records were not considered important enough for permanent archiving.  The best you can hope for is also finding unit identification markings along with the registration number.  Then you can find the unit history to get an idea of where the vehicle may have been used during the war.

 

Here’s an MA with what appears to be a factory fresh painted registration number.

Here’s an interesting photo crop:

 

Plate for a pre-1942 Sedan has the same numbers but the regulations covering the time period said the numbers would look like so:


from AR 850-5, September 25, 1936 (which would cover ALL the very early jeep production.)

If you are interested in vehicle markings for your jeep or just about any vehicle from WW2, then you might be interested in U.S. Army (ETO 1944-45): Marquages et Organisation.  Yes, it is written in French and is often pretty expensive but it is quite usable with pictures and text in English.

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