Blitz 72 BL18754 US DUKW Amphibious Truck - European Theatre of Operations, 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"Monty is scheduled to attack on the 24th (March 1945) but first, he has to make sure every truck in England is parked in a straight line, he has to put every man in a perfect new uniform, oil every damn rifle, and make sure the King has his breakfast. Then he may attack. Unless somebody shoots at him first. Then he'll have to start all over."
- General George S. Patton, Jr., commenting on General Bernard Montgomery's plans for the crossing of the Rhine River, early 1945
The DUKW (colloquially known as duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was designed by a partnership under military auspices of Sparkman & Stephens and General Motors Corporation (GMC) during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water and for use approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious attacks. Designed to last only long enough to meet the demands of combat, productionized Ducks, a modification of the 2-ton capacity "deuce" trucks used by the US military in World War II, were later used as tourist craft in marine environments.
The designation of DUKW is not a military acronym; rather, the name comes from the model naming terminology used by GMC: "D" indicates a vehicle designed in 1942, "U" meant "utility (amphibious)", "K" indicated all-wheel drive, "W" indicated two powered rear axles.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale diecast replica of a US DUKW Amphibious Truck that served in the European Theatre of Operations during 1944.
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: January 2012
Historical Account: - "Beg, Borrow and Steal" - Commencing on the night of March 23rd, 1945, during World War II, Operation Plunder was the crossing of the River Rhine at Rees, Wesel, and south of the Lippe River by the British 2nd Army, under Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Dempsey (Operations Turnscrew, Widgeon, and Torchlight), and the U.S. Ninth Army (Operation Flashpoint), under Lieutenant General William Simpson. XVIII U.S. Airborne Corps, consisting of British 6th Airborne Division and U.S. 17th Airborne Division, conducted Operation Varsity, parachute landings on the east bank in support of the operation. All of these formations were part of the 21st Army Group under Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery. This was part of a coordinated set of Rhine crossings.