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US Army GMC CCKW 353 6x6 2-1/2 Ton Wrecker Truck - 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, 1944 (1:43 Scale)
US Army GMC CCKW 353 6x6 2-1/2 Ton Wrecker Truck - 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, 1944

Eaglemoss US Army GMC CCKW 353 6x6 2-1/2 Ton Wrecker Truck - 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, 1944




 
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Eaglemoss EM050 US Army GMC CCKW 353 6x6 2-1/2 Ton Wrecker Truck - 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, 1944 (1:43 Scale) "The armies will go as far as practicable and then wait until the supply system in [the] rear will permit further advance."
- General Omar Bradley, August 27th, 1944

The GMC 6x6 was built for the US Army as part of a standardization program begun in 1939, which allowed for only two of each type of vehicle to be considered, and emphasized commonality of parts and accessories wherever possible. Known as 'Jimmies', the vehicles were supplied to Britain under the Lend Lease scheme before America's entry into World War II, and the trucks served with distinction in all theatres, including in the Soviet Union, which also received significant numbers through the ports of Murmansk and Archangel.

The 'Jimmy' made an enormous contribution to the Allied victory after the D-Day landings by ensuring a reliable method of transport for supplies to units at the front, all of which had to be trucked across France until ports nearer Germany could be captured and rehabilitated. By war's end, over 800,000 2-1/2 ton trucks were produced by US industry (with over 560,000 produced by GMC alone), many of which saw service again in the Korean Conflict.

Pictured here is a 1:43 scale diecast replica of a US Army GMC CCKW 353 6x6 2-1/2-ton wrecker truck that was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, then deployed to Bastogne, Belgium, during the winter of 1944. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 7-inches
Width: 2-inches

Release Date: August 2015

Historical Account: "Screaming Eagles" - The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), nicknamed the "Screaming Eagles" is an elite airborne division of the United States Army primarily trained for air assault operations. During World War II, the Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. They left from RAF North Witham having trained there with the 82nd Airborne Division.

On August 25th, 1944 the division became part of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the First Allied Airborne Army. As part of this formation, the division took part in Operation Market Garden.

During the Battle of the Bulge the 101st, as one of the few forces available to contain the German advance was rushed forward by truck to defend the vital road junction of Bastogne. Famously, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe answered the German demand for surrender with the reply "To the German Commander: NUTS! -The American Commander" and the division fought on until the siege was lifted and the German advance halted.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Rolling wheels
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with acrylic cover and etched base

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