Windshield Defroster M38A1

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Windshield Defroster M38A1

Post by NEKAF4EVER » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:30 pm

Last week I obtained a NOS 24V windshield defroster with special instructions for the M38A1, here in The Netherlands !
I have seen many 6v defrosters on the internet, but this 24V type with special M38A1 instructions is completely new to me.
This type seems pretty rare to me, so I attached some photos to share with you.
The defroster was manufactured in France. The instruction paper also mentions the M38 and M151, so I assume it must have been issued somewhere in the early Sixties.
The container shows several stock numbers. Can anybody tell me if this defroster is genuine U.S. Army issue ?

More information and photos of M38A1's with a defroster are welcome!
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Container Windshield Defroster
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Windshield Defroster M38A1
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Instruction Windshield Defroster
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Instruction Windshield Defroster
Harold B.
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1958 M38A1 (NEKAF)

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Re: Windshield Defroster M38A1

Post by Joe Gopan » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:08 pm

Am going to guess they are an accessory for European contract M-38A1 Jeeps. They are not listed in US Army manuals for winterization Kits.
The US Army used the Hot Water Heater Kits and Stewart Warner 978 gasoline fired Heaters.
The electric defrosters installed on US Army WWII era MV's were 6 Volt and 12 Volt.
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Re: Windshield Defroster M38A1

Post by NEKAF4EVER » Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:48 pm

Thank you Joe. Could it be special procurement for the U.S. Army in Europe ?
Code nr. DA-91-591-EUC-3407 seems to be a U.S. Army contract number used by procurement agencies.
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Re: Windshield Defroster M38A1

Post by Joe Gopan » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:20 pm

My impression is that these were made for overseas contracts for foreign users of 24 Volt vehicles. I am not familiar with contract formats but do understand that the foreign users of USA type vehicles use Federal Stock Number system similar to that used in the USA.
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Re: Windshield Defroster M38A1

Post by NEKAF4EVER » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:43 am

Elvis Presley used a windshield defroster in his M38A1 during his service with 32nd Armor in Germany from 1959-1960 !

Because of copyrights I can not upload those photos, but if you type all the following words in your browser you will find them: " elvis army germany jeep winter "

I found several other photos of U.S. Army M38A1's with windshield defrosters in Germany, so it might have been a special issue for the U.S. Army in Europe.
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