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  • M35 series 2½-ton 6x6 cargo truck

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    The M35 2½-ton cargo truck is a long-lived 2½-ton 6x6 cargo truck initially used by the United States Army and subsequently utilized by many nations around the world. Over time it evolved into a family of specialized vehicles. It inherited the nickname "Deuce and a Half" from an older 2½-ton truck, the World War II GMC CCKW. The M35 started as a 1949 REO Motor Car Company design for a 2½-ton 6x6 off-road truck. This original 6-wheel M34 version was quickly superseded by the 10-wheel M35 design. The basic M35 cargo truck is rated to carry off-road or on roads. Trucks in this weight class are considered medium duty by the military and the Department of Transportation.

  • 2½-ton 6x6 truck

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    A Red Ball Express truck gets stuck in the mud during World War II - 1944 1971 AM General M35A2 with winch and camouflage cargo cover The -ton 6x6 truck, also known by the nickname deuce and a half, or just deuce, was a standard class of medium duty trucks designed for the US Armed Forces, that served from 1940 through the 1990s. The basic cargo versions were designed to transport a cargo load of nominally over all terrain, in all weather. Additionally, a minority of the trucks were built minus the front-wheel drive. The -ton trucks were used ubiquitously in World War II, and continued to be the U.S. standard medium duty truck class after the war, including wide usage in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, as well as the first Gulf War. Originally, five different designs were standardized by the U.S.; two were also standardized by Canada. During World War II the most important model for the US Army was the GMC CCKW or "Jimmy", with over 560,000 units built. Another 200,000+ deuces were Studebaker and REO US6, built primarily for Lend-Lease export, mostly to the Soviet Union, and many others have been exported to smaller militaries. After World War II, the M35 series truck, originally developed by REO, became the standard -ton truck. First fielded in the 1950s, the M35 family became one of the most successful and long-lived series of trucks ever deployed by the U.S. military. They served in Vietnam and continued to serve with various modifications into the late 1990s. The U.S. began replacing the -ton 6x6 and 6x4 trucks with the light medium, 4x4, LMTV variants of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) in 1991. Of the almost 2.4 million trucks that the U.S. Army bought between 1939 and December 1945 (across all payload weight classes), just over one third (~812,000) were -ton trucks, the vast majority of which (over 675,000 units) were six by six variants – outnumbering the almost 650,000 World War II jeeps. A further ~118,000 -ton trucks were built as 6x4 driven units. The -ton cargo truck was considered such a valuable equipment that General Eisenhower wrote that most senior officers regarded it as one of the six most vital U.S. vehicles to win the war. It has been called the most important truck of World War II, and the 6x6 became known as the "workhorse of the army". According to Hyde (2013): "Each of the three axles had its own differential, so power could be applied to all six wheels on rough terrain and steep hills. The front axle was typically disenganged on smooth highways, where these "workhorses" often carried loads much above their rated capacity." Half a century after World War II, the remanufactured -ton M35 trucks still met 95 percent of the performance requirements at 60 percent of the cost of a new FMTV vehicle.

  • M939 series 5-ton 6x6 truck

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    The M939 Truck is a 5-ton 6×6 U.S. military heavy truck. The basic cargo versions were designed to transport a cargo load over all terrain in all weather. Designed in the late 1970s to replace the M39 and M809 series of trucks, it has been in service ever since. The M939 evolved into its own family of cargo trucks, prime movers, and recovery vehicles, with about 32,000 in all produced.

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