Hobby Master HG1607 US Willys 1/4 Ton Jeep - "C" Company, 101st Military Police Battalion, 5th Army, Italy, 1945 (1:48 Scale)
"Of the Troops, for the Troops."
- Motto of the US Military Police Corps
Developed by the Quartermaster Corps, the jeep and other motor transport vehicles were transferred to the Ordnance Department in August 1942. Despite its lightweight, the jeep could perform a variety of functions, including towing a 37mm antitank gun over a 7% grade. Unencumbered, the jeep could climb a 60% grade, and was capable of attaining speeds in excess of 60-mph on a level highway. It could ford a stream 18-inches deep, even when fully equipped and loaded. It had a cruising range of approximately 300 miles on 15 gallons of gasoline. Operated by a crew of two, the jeep had a space in the rear for equipment or additional personnel.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a US Willys 1/4 Ton jeep that was attached to "C" Company, 101st Military Police Battalion, 5th Army, then deployed to Italy during 1945. Now in stock!
Length: 3-1/2 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: December 2013
Historical Account: "MPs" - The Military Police Corps is the uniformed law enforcement branch of the United States Army. Investigations are conducted by Military Police Investigators or the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC), both of which report to the Provost Marshal General.
Some U.S. Army MP units, usually at the division or brigade level, are referred to as "combat MPs" or "line MPs", or more specifically as "division MPs" or "brigade MPs", and have combat zone responsibilities strikingly different from the law enforcement duties conventionally associated with the Military Police Corps, instead more closely resembling mission loads traditionally assigned to infantry units. These responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, patrols including mounted and dismounted patrols as well as LP/OP (Listening Post/Observation Post) "static patrols", movement to contact, route reconnaissance, raids, cordon and search operations, and convoy and personnel escorts. Operationally, these duties still fall under the "Area security" and "Maneuver and mobility support" operational categories listed among the five main functions of the Military Police Corps (see section below). Since the beginning of the "Global War on Terror", military police have become a valuable asset to combat operations due to the versatility of the MOS.