I like a really good read and there’s nothing better than to dust off a book from WW2!

I like a really good read and there’s nothing better than to dust off a book from WW2!

The following was extracted from an article by the same name contained in Military Maintenance for MB/GPW Jeeps 1941-45 starting on page 86. (You can find the book on Amazon.com and elsewhere.) The article originally appeared in the WW2 Army Motors magazine.

Regulation and manuals that could be helpful to the jeep restorer and historian.Starts with Army Regulations like AR 1-5, Index to Army Regulations AR 850-5 Marking of Clothing, Equipment, Vehicles and Property. AR 850-10 Registration of Motor Vehicles AR 850-15 Motor Vehicles (“the bible of motor vehicles”) among others.

Field Manuals like FM 21-6, List of Publications for Training; FM 21-7 List of Training Films, Film Strips and Film Bulletins; FM 25-10 Basic Field Manual: Motor Transport Technical Manuals] TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles (ah, a book to drool over and included in the cd from military-media); TM 9-2810 Motor Vehicle Inspections and Preventive Maintenance Services; TM 21-300 Driver Selection and Training; and one of my favorites… TM 31-200 Maintenance and Care of Pneumatic Tires and Rubber Treads; TM 38-250 Basic Maintenance Manual; then there are the vehicle TMs. (get them on the CD for cheap or collect the originals or the 1947 reprints or the modern reprints in one volume).

And there were War Department Circulars
Training Circulars (“like TC 117 on the marking of bridges and vehicles”)
Technical Bulletins – this would cover changes to your vehicle
TMs and would be incorporated with the next TM change
Tables of Organization and Equipment – just how many jeeps and machine guns are supposed to be in an Infantry Division?

There are Ordnance Field Service Publications
Standard Nomenclature Lists – gives parts identification and allowances
SNL “H” parts in common
SNL “K” includes cleaning, preserving, welding and lubricating materials
SNL N-19 motor-transport tool sets!
SNL G-19 Interchangeability Chart of Organizational Special Tools for Combat Vehicles

Don’t forget… Field Service Modification Work Orders (so you install those favorite mods they came up with like Winterization kits.) FSMWOs were replaced with MWOs.

Ordnance Field Service Bulletins
OFSB 1-1 Index to Ordnance Publications
OFSB 2-16 Storage and shipment of rubber tires, tubes and camelback
OFSB 2-18 Requisition and issue of Spare Parts, Equipment and Supplies
OFSB 2-25 Winterization equipment for automotive material
OFSB 4-21 Gun mounts for general purpose vehicles

I don’t even have half of this stuff and this isn’t everything listed in the article. There are many jeep specific publications and most of these seem to be missing from the general jeep collectors library. Perhaps someone is setting on these and thinking of publishing them “someday”. I hope they will come forward. And as I mentioned before there are original articles from service publications, private and public that make interesting reading and collection. Many are still available. Happy hunting.

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