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MACHINES

S/Sgt. Jerry Pinkowski was an automobile mechanic in the 347th Ordnance Depot Company. In the motor pool, he worked with the wide array of vehicles fielded by the U.S. Army during the first truly mechanized war. Additionally, his express tour across Europe with the Third Army afforded him an opportunity to see the enemy's machines, either abandoned by the roadside, piled in salvage heaps or pressed into service by his comrades. Click on the pictures below for a short article on each machine and in some cases more pictures taken by Pinkowski.

Willys MB / Ford GPW Jeep

WILLYS MB/FORD GPW JEEP
The Jeep has become one of the most recognizable American icons of the war... (Read-More)

M4 Sherman

M4 SHERMAN MEDIUM TANK
The M4 Sherman was the main tank used by the US Army in World War II...
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GMC CCKW

GMC CCKW
The GMC CCKW was a two and a half ton 6x6 truck used by the US in World War II...
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Dodge 1/2 Ton WC Series

DODGE 1/2 TON WC SERIES
Dodge developed the versatile WC Series of trucks in the pre-war years...
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M5 Stuart

M5 STUART LIGHT TANK
The M3 was outclassed by even the lightest of German tanks by the time...
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Harley-Davidson WLA

HARLEY-DAVIDSON WLA
Based on a civilian design, the WLA had certain features added to meet specifications...
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M8 Armored Car

M8 ARMORED CAR
The M8 was a 6x6 armored car made by the Ford Motor Company...
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M10 Tank Destroyer

M10 GUN MOTOR CARRIAGE
The M10 Tank Destroyer was the most successful of these specialized vehicles...
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Autocar U-7144-T

AUTOCAR U-7144-T
The Autocar U-7144-T was a 4-ton, 4x4 cabover tractor used by the US Army...
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Federal 94x43 Tractor

FEDERAL 94X43 TRACTOR
The Federal 94x43 Tractor was a line haul tractor used by the US Army...
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Ward La France Heavy Wrecker

WARD LA FRANCE HEAVY WRECKER
The Ward LaFrance Heavy Wrecker was a 6-ton, 6x6...
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M25 Dragon Wagon

M25 "DRAGON WAGON"
The M25 "Dragon Wagon" was an American heavy tank transporter...
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Ford GPA Seep

FORD GPA "SEEP"
The Ford GPA "Seep" was an amphibious version of the Ford GPW Jeep...
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Universal Carrier

UNIVERSAL CARRIER
The Universal Carrier was a British armored vehicle used on many fronts...
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Kettenkrad

SdKfz 2 KETTENKRAD
The Kettenkrad was a halftrack prime mover with a motorcyle style wheel...
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Panther

PANZERKAMPFWAGEN V PANTHER
Considered by some to be one of the best tanks of the war...
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B-17

B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
The B-17 was famous for being able to absorb amazing amounts of damage...
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Lancaster

AVRO LANCASTER
The Avro Lancaster was the most important bomber of RAF Bomber Command...
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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 THUNDERBOLT
Along with the P-51, the Thunderbolt earned itself a legendary reputation...
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Ar 96

ARADO AR 96
The Ar 96 was adopted in 1940 to be the Luftwaffe's standard trainer...
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Bf 109

MESSERSCHMITT Bf 109
The Bf 109 was the Luftwaffe's benchmark fighter throughout the war...
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FW 190

FOCKE-WULF 190
The 190 was a nasty surprise to the Allies when it started appearing over France...
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Ju 87

JUNKERS JU 87 STUKA
The Stuka was one of the most famous Luftwaffe aircraft of World War II...
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Si 204

SIEBEL SI 204
The Si 204 was used for light transport, liasion or instrument training roles...
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Me 410

MESSERSCHMITT ME 410
The Me 410 was essentially a redesign of the disastrous Me 210 that was cancelled...
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Ju 88

JUNKERS JU 88
The Ju 88 was originally conceived as a fast medium bomber and dive bomber...
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He 111

HEINKEL HE 111
The He-111 was heavily involved in all the Luftwaffe's early campaigns...
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Ju 52

JUNKERS JU 52
Nicknamed "Iron Annie" the Ju 52 was the most important Luftwaffe transport...
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Ju 290

JUNKERS JU 290
The Ju 290 was a transport and reconnaissance bomber used by the Luftwaffe...
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240-mm Howitzer M-1

240-MM HOWITZER M-1
The 240-mm Howitzer M-1 was used by the US Army during World War II...
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ZiS-3 Field Gun

76.2mm FIELD GUN 1942
The ZiS-3 was a Russian artillery piece used in both field artillery and anti-tank roles...
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FlaK 88

8.8cm FlaK
An Australian infantryman said it all when he quipped that the "88" was anti-everything...
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PaK 40

7.5 cm PaK-40
The PaK-40 was built to combat the superior Russian tanks like the T-34...
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LCT

LANDING CRAFT TANK
The LCT was an amphibious assault ship used in World War II by the US Navy...
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USS Young

USS YOUNG DD-580
The Young was a Fletcher-class destroyer with a distinguished service record...
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