The True Story of the Original Jeep

On October 12th, Bill Spear discussed the early days of the Jeep when the small, distressed American Bantam Car Company in Butler, PA, built a prototype in just 49 days. It caught the Army’s attention. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall told Major Walter Bedell Smith on his staff to have Bantam build and deliver 70 vehicles. That was the start of something much bigger. Listen to Bill describe the intrigue regarding the development of this iconic vehicle.

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This presentation is part of the “Let’s Get a Move On” sequence that describes the vast industrial and civilian effort in the United States to support WWII.