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Ford Pygmy

Ford Pygmy

Without question, the crown jewel of museum's collection is the Ford Pygmy, the oldest known surviving example of the vehicles that became the jeep. Ford was one of three companies competing to fulfill the Army’s requirement for a 1/4 ton Reconnaissance Car.

1941 Bantam Reconnaissance Car (BRC)

1941 Bantam Reconnaissance Car (BRC)

On 11 July, 1940, the US Army Quartermaster Corps requested bids from 135 companies to build 70 "light reconaissance and command cars". Only two submitted bids by the target date of 23 July, 1940, The American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland. Only Bantam delivered their first vehicle by the contract deadline of 23 September, 1940.

1941 Ford GP

1941 Ford GP

Although the Ford Pygmy placed third in the Army tests, an order was placed for 1,500 of a developed version. Approximately 3,650 of this configuration were eventually produced by Ford Motor Company. Most went to Great Britain and Russia under Lend-Lease.

1941 Willys MA

1941 Willys MA

Willys was successful in the competition for the 1/4 ton reconnaissance car contract by using the most powerful engine of any entrant in their pilot vehicle, "The Quad". This made their design overweight but gave a large performance increase. The Army raised the weight limit and Willys cut their weight down to meet the new Army specification. This resulted in a contract for 1,500 vehicles identified as the model MA.

1941 Willys MB Slat Grill

1941 Willys MB Slat Grill

Compared to its competitors, the Willys MA had a more powerful engine, and lower unit cost. These factors were among the reasons Willys was chosen as the company that would produce the 1/4 ton 4x4 truck. The better features of all the pre-production and prototype vehicles were incorporated into the Willys MB.

1943 M5A1 Stuart Tank

1943 M5A1 Stuart Tank

The Veterans Memorial Museum’s Stuart M5A1 Light Tank (Serial Number 5188) was manufactured by Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corporation and delivered to the U.S. Army Ordnance Department on 11-4-1943.

1944 Harley Davidson WLA

1944 Harley Davidson WLA

The Harley-Davidson WLA was the primary motorcycle used by the US Army during World War II and many went to Russia under Lend Lease. Russia and former Soviet Block countries are the primary source of surviving examples today.

GMC CCKW

GMC CCKW

Most commonly known as the "deuce and a half" or "Jimmy" the 2 1/2 ton 6x6 U.S. Army cargo truck was arguably one of the more important pieces of equipment during World War II.

Indian 741 Scout

Indian 741 Scout

Indian Motorcycles were produced from 1901 to 1953. The model 741 was the main military offering during WWII. The military model was derived from the civilian Scout model. Approximately 35,000 were built during the war for the US Army - half the numbers of the Harley Davidson WLA. Several thousand more were built for allies. The Indian was lighter and less powerful than the Harley and thus didn't have the same versatility. Nevertheless, it served well as a courier vehicle.

M3 Stuart

M3 Stuart

Designated as the M3 Light Tank and supplied to the British prior to the United States entering World War II. The M3’s were also the first tanks crewed by Americans to see tank to tank battle in World War II.

M3A1 Half Track

M3A1 Half Track

One of the many iconic vehicles in our collection at the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is our M3A1 half track.

M42B1 Sherman Flamethrower Tank

M42B1 Sherman Flamethrower Tank

The Veterans Memorial Museum's M42B1 Sherman tank was originally one of the first M4A1 tanks built by Pressed Steel Car Company. It's hull is of the cast rather than welded type.

M8 Armored Car

M8 Armored Car

The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum's M8 Armored Car is one of about 8,500 produced by Ford Motor Company in St Paul, MN. It is equipped with a rear mounted Hercules 6 cylinder engine.

Merci Train 40 & 8 Boxcar

Merci Train 40 & 8 Boxcar

The Merci Train, also known as the French Gratitude Train or the Forty and Eight, was the French response to the U.S. friendship train.

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