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We Have New Arrivals at Armourgeddon

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Posted: 13/03/2018 11:06
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Meet the new arrivals at the Armourgeddon Military Museum as our Military Vehicle collection in the East Midlands grows further. Landing from Germany, but originally US Army vehicles, read all about our new WC62 and GMC LeRoi.

We have two new arrivals at the Armourgeddon Military Museum as our Military Vehicle collection in the East Midlands grows further. Landing from Germany, but originally US Army vehicles, read all about our new WC62 and GMC LeRoi. 

As we get closer to the open season at Armourgeddon, we are delighted to hail the long-awaited arrival of our two newest recruits for the Military Museum. Making their journey from Germany, our two American conscripted newcomers are a WC62 and a GMC LeRoi.

The WC62 is a member of the Dodge WC series. This was a range of light 4-wheel drive and medium 6-wheel drive military utility trucks, from the production lines of Dodge and Fargo during the WWII years. The Dodge WC series accounted for the majority of the light 4x4 vehicles supporting the US Army during WWII, along with the quarter ton jeeps produced by Willys and Ford.

The series came in a variety of purpose-built variants from the factory. With open- and closed-cab cargo, weapon carriers, command cars, reconnaissance vehicles, telecoms installation trucks, panel vans, ambulances, mobile workshops and so many more. From 1940 to 1942, 74,000 Dodge trucks were built- initially as VC series and then from 1941, the WC series in even more variants. The code WC didn’t stand for Weapons Carrier- as many thought. Initially, W stood for the year of production; 1941 and C referenced the weight- half-tonne. However, the code WC stuck for trucks weighted quarter, half and three-quarter tonnes for subsequent years.

The new arrival at Armourgeddon is specifically a WC-62. Full name; G507 Cargo and Personnel Carrier Dodge WC62 without a winch, was based on a lengthened WC51 Weapons Carrier with an additional axel. The US Army had increased the size of the rifle squads in its infantry division from eight to twelve men and as such, the three-quarter tonne truck was no longer fit for purpose. Therefore, 48 inches in length and an extra axel were added to make the truck one and a half tonnes in weight and 6x6 in design.

The WC62 used many of the mechanical parts of its predecessor, the G-502 and the sheet metal components of this design were incorporated on the production line. The G507 range were able to be powered by all 6 wheels, thus 6x6 or by the two rear axles only, making it a 6x4. Over 43,000 units were produced, and one prototype was also created as an Armoured car!

The WC62 is 5.47m in length and 2.21 in height- including the canvas cover and sits at 2.11m wide and weighs in at over 3000kg.

The second new piece of kit we have this week is a CMC LeRoi compressor. This unit was usually fitted onto the GMC 2.5 tonne 6x6 series. However, the compressor as a stand-alone unit, had been in action before that date, with engineers who engaged the unit from the back of smaller 4x4 trucks.

The unit was used to provide compressed air for a huge variety of pneumatic tools which were carried in compartments fitted to the sides of the compressor. One of the LeRoi’s tasks was to inflate the rubber pontoons used for the Treadway bridge system. Another use of the LeRoi Compressor Truck was by the Bomb Disposal units. These companies used the GMC LeRoi, towing a portable steam generating plant which was a two-wheeled trailer which was used to generate live steam with which to sterilise bombs. More universal uses saw the LeRoi unit delivered on wooden pallets and then placed into or onto a wheeled vehicle big enough to handle it or placed on pontoons and towed to the centre of water masses for use in bridge construction. 



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