The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson


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Dodge Trucks in Service with the Polish Army in World War Two

This page added 4-2-2016.


Below are several photos of Dodge 1/2 ton trucks in service with the Polish Army in the Italian campaign during the Second World War, which give a glimpse into the use of these vehicles after they were sent to the British under Lend-Lease early in the conflict.  The British then passed the some of the vehicles along to the Polish Army as it manpower, but no trucks or other equipment.  Of the 2,382,311 trucks produced by the American Auto Industry during WWII, 28%, or 667,047 were supplied to our Allies through Lend-Lease. 

The half ton Dodge in combat during WWII was a rarity, making these photos historically significant as only thirty photos of exist of the vehicles in combat from all fronts during the war.

We are indebted to P.M. Radomski for providing these images from the A. Kaminski Archive.


A Dodge WC3 In service with the 1st Regiment of Artillery Range as a prime mover for the artillery piece.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.

Other Polish units shown below include the 3rd Division of Carpathian Riflemen, the 5th Borderland Antitank Artillery Regiment medical and radio detachments.


A Ford of Canada Canadian Military Pattern Truck in foreground with a Dodge in the background.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


Loading up a Dodge WC 1/2 ton series truck with the soldiers' personal gear in duffle bags.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


Dodge WC 1/2 ton series cargo, no winch series being used as an ambulance with a 1-1/2 ton Chrysler truck behind it.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


The WC 1/2 ton on the road.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


Various Dodge trucks on the road in Italy with the Polish Forces.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


A 1942 Dodge WC42 radio panel truck with a radio antenna mast pulled down for travel and camouflage netting stored on top.  It looks like it is getting ready to move out.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.


 A Dodge truck a funeral service for Polish soldier.  Photo Credit:  A. Kaminski Archive via P.M. Radomski.

 

 

 

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