Forces of Valor 82010 US Army GPA Amphibian Jeep - 3rd Armored Division, Normandy, 1944 [D-Day Commemorative Packaging] (1:32 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
Having commissioned Willys, Ford and Bantam to build 4,500 jeeps (1,500 apiece) in March 1941, the US Motor Transport Board set up a project under the direction of the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) to be designated QMC-4 1/4 ton amphibian. The Marmon-Herrington Co. -- specialists in building military vehicles -- in conjunction with boat builders Sparkman & Stephens and the Ford Motor Company, undertook this work for the NDRC, which involved designing a conversion based on the 1/4-ton road vehicle. The aim was to have the vehicle in service in time for the first landing operations planned for a September/ October 1942 timeframe.
Unfortunately, the GPA amphibian proved to be too slow, heavy, and clumsy on land, not to mention too small a craft to be of much use on open water. The GPA did see important use with US forces during the landing on Sicily on September 9th, 1943, but most of the vehicles ended up being passed to the Russian Army under the Lend-Lease scheme. Ironically, its river crossing capabilities were found to be so useful by the Russians that the design was developed further for their own post-war variant.
Pictured here is a 1:32 scale replica of a US Army GPA amphibian jeep that was attached to the 3rd Armored Division, then deployed to France during 1944.
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Length: 5.75 inches
Width: 2 inches
Height: 1.63 inches
Release Date: December 2013