Corgi CC51708 US Army Dodge WC 56 Command Car - 7th Army, Sicily, 1943 (1:43 Scale)
"In war, there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
The 3/4 ton weapons carrier was used to transport weapons, tools and equipment in the field to frontline combat units. The body is of the commercial pickup type, with a removable canvas top mounted on three bows. In lieu of a driver's cab, the vehicle has a seat box on which were mounted two bucket seats. A removable canvas top and a folding windshield were also provided.
This particular 1:43 scale WC 56 served with the 7th Army as it advanced across Sicily in 1943. Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 2-1/2 inches
Historical Account: "Seven Steps to Hell" - The Seventh Army was the first American formation of Field Army size to see combat in World War II. The Army was formed when the U.S. I Armored Corps was redesignated on July 10th, 1943, to provide headquarters for American forces in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. During the campaign, it was commanded by (Then) Lieutenant General George S. Patton. Patton officially took command of the Seventh Army aboard USS Monrovia (APA-31), Admiral H. Kent Hewitt's flagship, thus became the Army's motto, "Born at sea, baptized in blood." Later was added "...crowned with glory." It landed on the left flank of the Allied forces. Its role in the plan for conquering Sicily was envisaged as being a protecting force for the left wing of the British Eighth Army under Gen. Bernard Montgomery. In the end, it played a far more important role. Most of Sicily was liberated by American forces, and Patton's Army rendezvoused with that of Montgomery in capturing the crucial city of Messina, Italy, the nearest point on Sicily to the mainland of Italy.