Army Jill salutes all the GIs still overseas!


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone but especially the GIs overseas. I hope you have as great a day as possible while away from your loved ones. You all are heroes to me. Keep up the great work!

Ford GP on the production line - May, 1941

A Ford GP during production.

American Memory Digital Item Display – oem2002000645/PP

The Ford GP body after being lowered is securely fastened to the chassis and the headlights adjusted. Ford River Rouge plant. The letters “GP” did not stand for “General Purpose”. Those letters G stood for government, and P for the jeep’s 80 inch-wheelbase. There is evidence from the original WW2 Army Motors that the GP letters were pronounced as “GEEP.” It only shows up twice in print to my knowledge….so it isn’t perfect proof but remains an interesting side-bar.

For more about the early jeeps, including the Ford GP, check out: Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 and BANTAM, FORD AND WILLYS-1/4-TON RECONNAISSANCE CARS. Both are available from Amazon.com and other booksellers.