The Willys MB and the Ford GPW, both formally called the U.S. Army Truck, 1⁄4-ton, 4×4, Command Reconnaissance, commonly known as the Willys Jeep, Jeep, or jeep, and sometimes referred to as G503,[nb 3] were highly successful American off-road capable light military utility vehicles built in large numbers to a standardized design for the United States and other Allied forces in World War II from 1941 to 1945.
The jeep became the primary light wheeled transport vehicle of the United States military and its allies, with President Eisenhower once calling it “one of three decisive weapons the U.S. had during WWII.” It was the world’s first mass-produced four-wheel drive car, manufactured in six-figure numbers; almost 650,000 units were built, constituting a quarter of the total U.S. non-combat motor vehicles produced during the war,[nb 4] and almost two-thirds of the 988,000 light 4WD vehicles produced, counted together with the Dodge WC series. Large numbers of jeeps were provided to U.S. allies, including Russia at the time — aside from large amounts of 1 1⁄2- and 2 1⁄2-ton trucks, some 50,000 1⁄4-ton jeeps and 25,000 3⁄4-ton Dodges were shipped to Russia during WWII — more than Nazi Germany’s combined total production of their best performing similar vehicles, the Kübelwagen and the amphibious Schwimmwagen.
Historian Charles K. Hyde wrote: “In many respects, the jeep became the iconic vehicle of World War II, with an almost mythological reputation of toughness, durability, and versatility.” Not only did it become the workhorse of the American military, as it replaced the use of horses and other draft animals (still heavily used in World War I) in every role, from cavalry units to supply trains, but improvised field modifications also made the jeep capable of just about any other function G.I.s could think of. Moreover: military jeeps were adopted by countries all over the world, to this day – so much that they have become the most widely used and recognizable military vehicle in history.
The jeep was considered such a valuable vehicle that General Eisenhower wrote that most senior officers regarded it as one of the five most vital pieces equipment to success in Africa and Europe[nb 5] Moreover, General George Marshall called the squared-off little car “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.” In 1991, the MB Jeep was designated an “International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After WWII, the original jeep continued to serve, in the Korean War and other conflicts, until it was updated in the form of the M38 Willys MC and M38A1 Willys MD (in 1949 and 1952 respectively), and received a complete redesign by Ford in the form of the 1960-introduced M151 jeep. Its influence, however, was much greater than that — manufacturers around the world began building jeeps and similar designs, either under license or not — at first primarily for military purposes, but later also for the civilian market. Willys turned the MB into the civilian Jeep CJ-2A in 1945, making the world’s first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive. The “Jeep” name was trademarked, and grew into a successful, and highly valued brand.
The success of the jeep inspired both an entire category of recreational 4WDs and SUVs, making “four-wheel drive” a household term, and numerous incarnations of military light utility vehicles. In 2010, the American Enterprise Institute called the jeep “one of the most influential designs in automotive history”. Its “sardine tin on wheels” silhouette and slotted grille are perhaps even more instantly recognizable than the VW Beetle and has evolved into the currently produced Jeep Wrangler long after the demise of the original Jeep design.
This is a particulary wonderful variation of the classic Jeep theme.
Neat looking thing.
Enhanced pic from the previous post.
The previous post…
He who shall not be named?
I dunno… the ‘original’ (modified with the circle and ?) looks iffy. Maybe. Maybe not.
Not much support in the comments at r/dogman, as it is, after all, not the original.
But the enhancement is interesting.
By Dante Cureño.
This is mighty strange.
I like it.
Linda Ronstadt with Eagles Silver Threads & Golden Needles Classic Live Performance
Oct 27, 2020
Retro Music Videos
Oh, man, I Love Linda. Oooh. Yeah!
This was Joe Bonamassa’s pick today! =]
A perennial favorite!
By the BBC.
The Beryozka Dance Ensemble, who take such small steps they look as if they’re floating.
1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra with a completely hand-formed Copper body
It’s a “continuation” car according to www.supercars.net/blog/copper-cobra/:
“You might wonder about the chassis number listed here, CSX 4602, that seems a bit high no? Well, it isn’t, because in the 90s Carroll Shelby started building ‘continuation’ cars, new Cobra models that came with a CSX 4xxx chassis to distinguish them from the classic 1960s originals, but still recognized as ‘real’ Shelby Cobra cars.”
“These continuation Cobra were built in Las Vegas, Nevada, on brand new frames to be fitted with either a fiberglass or an aluminum body, before being painted and usually fitted with those trademark racing stripes running from the front to the rear … but there were exceptions, as is evident on chassis CSX 4602 we see here.”
An odd one, certainly.
The rescue of a Great White Shark that beached itself chasing a seagull. Filmed on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Skinny thing! Neat looking. And not afraid.
This was captured by Prasenjeet Yadav. You can learn more about the artist on his website, Here
Long shadows on sol 134
Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Right Mastcam-Z camera.
Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.
This image was acquired on July 6, 2021 (Sol 134) at the local mean solar time of 16:32:03.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS
Unprocessed raw image: link
Alternative versions posted on UMSF by Franz Tauber:-
Stretched colour version: link
3D anaglyph: link (You’ll need red/cyan glasses to view it in 3D)
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/F.Tauber
Ralph Willet Dixey (Bannock tribe), Peter Jim (Shoshone tribe) – 1897. [700×954]
Location: Eastern Idaho.
Ralph Willet Dixey (Solomon) was born on 16 October 1874, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States as the son of Simon Dixey and Lucille Keller Waterhouse.
Ralph was about 23 in this shot. He had a sister named Ramona.
Three years later, Ralph married a girl named Daisy, and they named their kids Lawrence, Ralph, Lillian, Richard, Edison, and Clarence,
Note from that page:
Ralph was raised by his uncle Simon
Ralph’s mother passed away when Ralph was 2 or 4 and his mother’s brother, Simon raised him and when he was older, another Uncle cared for him. Ralph would call his Uncle Simon his father because that was the only dad he had and knew. Have no record of Ralph’s biological father because the story was told to me that his mother was raped while traveling from Boise to Blackfoot one night while in her tent. The Indians were encouraged to leave the Boise area, so she was one of them that choice to head to Fort Hall where they were promised by the Government that they would be taken care of.
Asteroid Juno Passing in front of M10
Needed something to shoot while waiting for the summer targets to rise, and I saw in stellarium that the ~250km asteroid Juno was going to pass in front of the M10 globular cluster. Each night had different seeing, clouds, and moon conditions, which is why the frames vary a bit in brightness and sharpness (also had a couple satellites fly through causing the streaks). Also photographed M10 in color back in 2019. Captured on June 16, 17, and 18th, 2021 from a Bortle 6 zone.
Places where I host my other images:
TPO 6″ F/4 Imaging Newtonian
Orion Sirius EQ-G
Skywatcher Quattro Coma Corrector
ZWO EFW 8×1.25″/31mm
Astronomik LRGB+CLS Filters- 31mm
Astrodon 31mm Ha 5nm, Oiii 3nm, Sii 5nm
Agena 50mm Deluxe Straight-Through Guide Scope
ZWO ASI-120MC for guiding
Acquisition: 2 hours 12 minutes (Camera at Unity Gain, -15°C)
Lum – 22×120″ per night
Flats- 30 per filter
Captured using N.I.N.A. and PHD2 for guiding and dithering.
PixInsight Processing: (processes batch applied via image containers)
Blink to stretch nonlinear
Annotation to add date and watermark
BatchFormatConversion .xisf to .png
PIPP to make final gif
‘In Pharaoh’s Tomb’ by Frank Frazetta.
Benjamin Earl Nelson
American soul singer, born 28 September 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, USA, died 30 April 2015 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.