From every corner of the globe, from every fighting
ally-in-arms, the cry went up: "Send us more Jeeps."
A. Wade Wells, Hail to the Jeep
and only 11 feet long, Jeeps* were the stuff of
wartime lore. Michigan's Ford Motor Company and Ohio's Willys-Overland
Company made more than 600,000 during the war, including this 1942 model
in the Arsenal of Democracy gallery.
Costing $900 each, these powerful 4-wheel-drive vehicles did almost
anything and went almost everywhereroad or no road. Soldiers coined
the name Jeep possibly from the cartoon character Eugene the Jeep or from
the Ford name "Model GP," meaning general purpose.
Jeeps, with their bone-shaking simplicity and versatility, had much in
common with the Model T. Some were specifically outfitted to be used in
water or to be dropped by parachute. Many were camouflaged for jungle,
forest or winter terrain. Others were used as tow trucks, altars, card
tables and ambulances.
*Jeep is currently a registered trademark of
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