If you are interested in the history of the development of the jeep there is little substitute for the first effort done by H. Rifkind. This book was written from the Quartermaster Corps’ perspective but draws on numerous resources and documentation to put together a pretty good picture of what happened.
What makes it even more valuable is that it actually lists the sources. So if you can figure where and how to find them, you find a gold mine of information to research. I know that I have used this information to track down at least one of the players in the jeep story–Major General George Lynch, Chief of Infantry. The Infantry was instrumental in development of the jeep project–they saw the need long before anyone or any other agency jumped on the bandwagon.
Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 is available from Amazon.com. Makes a great gift for the WW2 jeep enthusiast! Buy now for the Holidays.
Another really good book to compliment the book by Rifkind is Project Management in History: The First Jeep (Project Management in History Series). While the book may be a bit rough around the edges and could use some editing, it still fills in some gaps in the Rifkind version of Jeep history.
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