Hobby Master 1/48 US Willys Jeep 101st Airborne iv., 506th A.B. Regiment, Company `C`, Normandy, 6 June 1944 HG1601
Bantam Car Company won the initial contract to provide a light motor vehicle. In 1941 the Military wanted to standardize so one manufacturer was selected, Willys-Overland mostly because of its “Go Devil” engine the troops raved about. The Willys Jeep had a designation of MB, M (Military) B (second vehicle design). Eventually Willys couldn’t keep up so Ford was contracted to produce an almost identical vehicle, the GPW. During World War II there was a total of 647,870 Jeeps produced by three manufacturers; Willys- Overland produced 362,841 of them. Approximately 51,000 were exported to the USSR.