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Iconic Jeep Roots Started with the Wartime Jeep Willys MB

By Ingram Park CDJ | Posted in Dealer News on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

1941 Jeep Willys MB

1941 Jeep Willys MB

Jeep’s iconic history starts with vehicles like the 1941 Jeep Willys MB.

Jeep is one of the most iconic automotive brands of all time, and it’s no surprise that we see its heritage in all of its most recent vehicles. The automaker began its emotional connection with drivers when it launched the 1941 Jeep Willys MB for the U.S. Army at the start of WWII. This iconic and heroic vehicle transported some of the world’s greatest heroes during a time of absolute devastation, and ultimately inspired the design and capabilities of new Jeep in San Antonio TX like the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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The 1941 Jeep Willys MB paved the way for today’s capable Jeep vehicles.

Automotive history runs deep – it isn’t only the story of technological and mechanical innovation, it’s the blueprint for how the world has functioned, thrived, and survived over time. The U.S. Army requested the production of the Jeep Willys MB, and the vehicles were manufactured from 1941 to 1945. These strong, heavy-duty vehicles made horses and motorcycles antiquated modes of transportation for the GIs who drove them.

The simple 4×4 capability of the Willys MB allowed soldiers to travel quickly and perform in combat more efficiently. The vehicles could be fitted with machine guns and other weaponry, but they were also modified to for patrol, emergency medical care, snow plowing and telephone cable laying. The Willys MB was also fitted with versatile tires to handle anything from war-tattered terrain to unstable train tracks.

Because the MBs were also of modest size, they could easily be transported in aircraft for unexpected deployment. They were also able to be transported efficiently for the D-Day invasion of Europe. The vehicles were so versatile and functional that General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff during WWII said they were “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.”

The resilient Jeep Willys MBs have paved the way for other Jeep vehicles and influenced the brand’s “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” philosophy. Experience the vehicle’s influence in our selection of new Jeep and used cars in San Antonio TX.

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