When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

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Re: When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

Post by tsmgguy » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:13 am

For a fine selection of US Army equipment, circa 1951, see the classic sci-fi flick, The Day The Earth Stood Still. The rolling stock pictured in Washington, DC all dates from WWII, and belongs to the 3rd Armd. Cav. Regt.

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Re: When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:01 am

By late 1952 the National Guard was receiving new M-38 and M-38A1 Jeeps. Any MB's left in service were on the way out.
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Re: When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

Post by PlowMB » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:30 am

Just make the MB into french army M201's lol they ran them up till the mid 90's if I remember right. I know they had them in berlin back in the mid 90's when I was there. set the diorama in west germany. Joint exorcises.

(the Humvees replaced the Mutts/151 for the most part. and also the M880 dodge and the chevy blazers.)

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Re: When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

Post by dcthompson » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:22 pm

And for what it's worth, the M-2 .50 caliber machine gun has been in continuous production since the late 1930s. I know, since I recently worked on trying to modernize some of the manufacturing processes--which are still conducted on 30s and 40s vintage equipment! I was working on rebuild kits (barrels and chambers) for M-2s currently in use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bad news about the M-2 is that each gun must be individually fitted with parts that work--making interchangeability impossible. This means that only an armourer can field-rebuild a gun--a task beyond the average soldier.

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Re: When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

Post by kenny » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:41 am

Hi, from Spain my father drive a willys mb in 60´s in Spanish army (receipt from USA military help mid´s 50).

Some pics mb in spanish army.

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Re: When were the last Willys MB’s demobilized?

Post by pierino » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:49 am

very last bunch of WWII jeeps left the Italian Army in 2003!


they were left behind, stored, by the railway engineers battalions...

and still have modified rims.


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