Grandpa's War Pony

Grandpa’s War Pony

Grandpa’s War Pony is a book I wrote for my grandchildren to explain what a WW2 jeep was and how it was used.

Perhaps the greatest instrument of war to come out of the Second World War and forged into something still in use today is arguably—the 1/4-ton reconnaissance car or jeep. The jeep during WW2 was a new and speedy little vehicle designed to get in and go where motorcycles couldn’t go. It was the baby of a little company called American Bantam Car Company and the U. S. Army’s Infantry Branch.

The book is filled with colorized photos that have been stylized in a “cartoon” manner to help maintain children’s interest.  It’s a great gift for Christmas for young and old jeep fans!

Grandpa’s War Pony is available from and other booksellers.

What do you know about the Ford Pygmy? I happen to know a bit about it.

What do you know about the Ford Pygmy? I happen to know a bit about it.

The WW2 Ford Pygmy still exists, read all about it.

WW2 Pilot–The Ford Pygmy

by Robert Notman
$19.95 (plus shipping)

Description: A photo book exploring the details of the Ford pilot in the race to build jeeps


Explore just about every inch of the Ford pilot Pygmy in photographs and essay. This is one of only two of the original “jeep” pilots known to have survived through today. The other is the Budd bodied Ford pilot. The author had full access to the jeeps in the Veterans Memorial Museum of Huntsville, Alabama. The Ford pilot is an amazing vehicle. See the engine, inside the body and underneath. Tons of detail. Check it out! It’s available from Amazon.


While this jeep isn’t proof of how all USN jeeps looked during WW2, it certainly is interesting and might serve to stir some discussion. The original caption for this photo was “Marine glider at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C.”. It was taken in May 1942 at Parris Island and is from the Library of Congress collection. At first glance the photo may look neat but no big deal. The thing we notice first is that this is neither a grey or forest green jeep.

Below is a close up of the hood.



Let’s also remember that December 7 is the anniversary of great sacrifice by the military forces stationed in the Hawaiian islands that day with the attack by the Japanese on Oahu. This participated our entry into WW2 and four years of hard-fought war.



Santa riding in a Willys MA during World War Two. This photo is from the US National Archives (color enhanced)

Don't forget to keep track of time!

Don’t forget to keep track of time!

Bring WW2 to your office or garage with an Incendiary Blonde wall clock.

Incendiary Blonde Wall Clock

Aircraft nose art print on your item. Beautiful blonde bombshell! WW2 Army Jill was the basis for this artwork. She is reclining on a bomb and the yellow bombs indicate the number of missions the crew has been on.

Decorate any room in your home or office with our 10-inch wall clock. Black plastic case. Requires 1 AA battery (included).

This would make a great holiday gift for someone interested in World War Two.  You can order online by clicking the link or by calling TOLL FREE (US) at 877.809.1659 and giving the operator product number 97802542.

Remember Pearl Harbor! Why not read about that day and the attack? I suggest Day of Infamy, 60th Anniversary: The Classic Account of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor available at
I just love riding in the WW2 jeep after dinner before it gets too cold. Why not see what the Chief of Artillery has to say?

I just love riding in the WW2 jeep after dinner before it gets too cold. Why not see what the Chief of Artillery has to say?

For the past few months, the Holabird Quartermaster Depot has been doing considerable test work in connection with the current development and procurement of motor vehicles. This and pressure of other work delayed the departure of the test convoy for Fort Bragg until the early part of March. Undergoing test now by the Field Artillery Board are the following vehicles in the test fleet:

¼-Ton Liaison Truck:



The Field Artillery Board is concluding its test of ten ¼-ton liaison trucks, manufactured by the Bantam Car Company. So successful has been their performance that recommendations have been submitted for issue to field artillery units on the following basis: a. In lieu of all motor tricycles listed in T/BA’s.b. Substitution of two ¼-ton trucks in each liaison section of light and medium artillery and in each firing battery of motorized artillery.

c. The addition of one ¼-ton truck per battalion headquarters battery of horse and horse-drawn artillery.

Extension of the use of this vehicle beyond that given above is anticipated as experience is gained with it.

For more on the Bantam see …

Bantam, Ford, Willys–1/4-ton Reconnaissance Cars is a book I have written to discuss those early vehicles that became known as “jeeps”. The book includes a number of rarely seen “jeep” photos.




A Bantam BRC-60, one of the original 70 jeeps built, being put through its’ paces. The troops immediately fell in love with the vehicle that in a slightly different form would go on to help win the war with nearly 600,000 copies being produced.


Bantam Pilot

American Bantam Car Co. was the first to deliver what would become known as the “jeep”.

The book is filled with photos of the Bantam BRC-60 and BRC-40. Specifically covered is the BRC-40 preserved at the Veterans’ Memorial Museum in Huntsville, AL. This is a great museum to visit with a good size collection of military vehicles.

The book also covers the Ford GP and Willys MA. You can purchase a copy of the book directly from the publisher or through (and other booksellers).

ISBN: 978-1-8472818-8-3 Price: $24.95 plus shipping. Price subject to change.