All About GMC CCKW 6×6 Truck
All About GMC CCKW 6×6 Truck…
|Long Wheel Base CCKW|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Provision for machine gun mount.|
|Engine||GMC 6-cylinder 269 cid
The GMC CCKW is a 2½ ton 6X6 U.S. Army cargo truck that saw service in World War II and the Korean War, often referred to as a „Deuce and a Half” or „Jimmy”. The CCKW came in many variants, the simplest being open or closed cab, and Long Wheel Base (LWB 353) or Short Wheel Base (SWB 352).
Built to 812,262 copies, CCKWs were employed in large numbers for the Red Ball Express, an enormous convoy system created by Allied forces to supply their forces moving through Europe following the breakout from the D-Day beaches in Normandy, from August 25 to November 16, 1944, when the port facilities at Antwerp were opened. At its peak the Red Ball operated 5,958 vehicles, and carried about 12,500 tons of supplies a day.
The designation CCKW comes from model nomenclature used by GMC; the first Cindicated a vehicle designed in 1941, the second C signified a conventional cab, the Kindicated all-wheel drive and the W indicated winch for the version with the winch on the front. The term „Deuce and a Half” is not a post war term and was applied to all 2½ ton cargo trucks.
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Initially all versions were of closed cab design (having a metal roof and doors) with all steel cargo beds. But as the war progressed an open cab version was designed that had fixed ‘half doors’ and a canvas top/sides and the steel bed was replaced by a wooden one to conserve steel.