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Originally intended as foreign aid but refused the Soviet Union, the Army took the first 6,001 vehicles. In December 1942, the US Navy ordered 1,5000 of the model GTBS bomb service trucks followed by an order for another 800. The Navy received its first of several deliveries in March 1943.

Ford’s River Rouge plant fabricated most of the parts, but prior to February 1944, the trucks were assembled at the Ford Edgewater, New Jersey, plant. After that date, production shifted to the Ford Louisville plant.

Ultimately, Ford delivered more than 15,000 G-622 to the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Today, the trucks are commonly known as Burma Jeeps,” and are as strikingly unusual as when first delivered to the Army in 1942.

Here are examples of a few extant trucks, some restored, and some in as-found condition:

Bill Scott's 1943 Ford GTB

Bill Scott's 1943 Ford GTB 

John Norris shot this photo of a GTB in the United Kingdom.

John Norris shot this photo of a GTB in the United Kingdom.

Bob Brown’s 1943 GTB.

Bob Brown’s 1943 GTB.

Gene Spicer’s 1943 GTB.

Gene Spicer’s 1943 GTB.

Jeff Jone’s 1943 GTB.

Jeff Jone’s 1943 GTB.

Randy Lammer’s 1943 GTB.

Randy Lammer’s 1943 GTB.

Rick Butler’s 1943 GTB.

Rick Butler’s 1943 GTB.

David King’s GTB and 1941 trailer.

David King’s GTB and 1941 trailer.

Dave Edward’s GTB.

Dave Edward’s GTB.

Roberts Armory’s GTB.

Roberts Armory’s GTB.

Dave Johnson’s GTB equipped with 900 x 20s.

Dave Johnson’s GTB equipped with 900 x 20s.

GTBS bomb service truck restored by the Spooner Military Vehicle Preservation Group.

GTBS bomb service truck restored by the Spooner Military Vehicle Preservation Group.

Clell Ballard'sFord GTB still sporting its original Navy Ocean Gray paint.

For more than half a century, Clell Ballard has regularly restored and used all sorts of olive drab WWII vehicles including Jeeps, G-506s, and US-6s. When he finally discovered an original Ford GTB still sporting its original Navy Ocean Gray paint, he had to have it.

Stuart Ulseth took this picture of a GTB at the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola NAS.

Stuart Ulseth took this picture of a GTB at the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola NAS.

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