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  USMC Dodge WC 57 3/4 Ton Command Car - 1st Marines Division, Peleliu, Palau Islands, October 1944 (1:43 Scale)
USMC Dodge WC 57 3/4 Ton Command Car - 1st Marines Division, Peleliu, Palau Islands, October 1944

Eaglemoss USMC Dodge WC 57 3/4 Ton Command Car - 1st Marines Division, Peleliu, Palau Islands, October 1944




 
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Eaglemoss EM017 USMC Dodge WC 57 3/4 Ton Command Car - 1st Marines Division, Peleliu, Palau Islands, October 1944 (1:43 Scale) "The bitterest battle of the war for the Marines."
- The National Museum of the Marine Corps

The 3/4 ton command car was used to provide transportation for staff officers in the field. Able to reach a top governed speed of 54-mph, it was designed to tow a load over unimproved roads, trails and open, rolling and hilly cross country. The body is the US Army standard phaeton type with a folding windshield. It was adapted for radio installation, including a 12-volt electrical system and US Army standard 55-ampere output generator.

This particular 1:43 scale vehicle was attached to the 1st Marines Division, then deployed to Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, during October 1944. Now in stock!



Dimensions:
Length: 3-3/4 inches
Width: 1-3/4 inches

Release Date: October 2014

Historical Account: "Operation Stalemate II" - The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September to November 1944 on the island of Peleliu, present-day Palau. U.S. forces (originally consisting of only the 1st Marine Division, but later relieved by the Army's 81st Infantry Division), fought to capture an airstrip on the small coral island.

Major General William Rupertus, commander of 1st Marine Division, predicted the island would be secured within four days. However, due to Japan's well-crafted fortifications and stiff resistance, the battle lasted over two months. It remains one of the war's most controversial because of the island's questionable strategic value and the very high death toll. Considering the number of men involved, Peleliu had the highest casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific War. The National Museum of the Marine Corps called it "the bitterest battle of the war for the Marines".

Features
  • Diecast metal construction
  • Rolling wheels
  • Realistic painting and accurate insignia
  • Etched base
  • Comes with acrylic cover

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