WWII Tri-Axle Dodge?

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Ran across this photo of what looks to be a Dodge of some kind:

- The photo description only noted the circumstance but not the vehicle (Americans coming through Paris during the Liberation, of August 1944).

I don't recall seeing this three-axle variant. Anybody got background about it?

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Similar, but different. What model is this. It is a bit modified but, looks mostly intact.

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I have had a couple of them. That is the WC63, Dodge 1 1/2 ton 6X6 with winch.
It was mainly used as a troop carrier or to tow a small field gun. They were not that great of a cargo hauler, even if they were rated at 1 1/2 tons.
Why the 3rd axle? glad you asked. The army rifle squads went from an 8 man rifle squad to a 12 man rifle squad during WWII. They could not all fit into the 3/4 ton dodge 4x4. Another 'cool" item on the WC63 was at the front of the bed was a squad leaders fold down seat.
Sadly, my best body one was stolen by scrap thieves.
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I have had a couple of them. That is the WC63, Dodge 1 1/2 ton 6X6 with winch.
It was mainly used as a troop carrier or to tow a small field gun. They were not that great of a cargo hauler, even if they were rated at 1 1/2 tons.
Why the 3rd axle? glad you asked. The army rifle squads went from an 8 man rifle squad to a 12 man rifle squad during WWII. They could not all fit into the 3/4 ton dodge 4x4. Another 'cool" item on the WC63 was at the front of the bed was a squad leaders fold down seat.
Sadly, my best body one was stolen by scrap thieves.
One of the few, Frank USMC RET
I'm liking these a lot: it's not big and it's not small, and it's rugged all around; soft top is also a nice touch: great item.
 

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No, I did not. I have lost several items here to scrap thieves as I have two places were I store my vehicles. The worst was a WWII air drone trailer I found that spent it's life in a warehouse. It was stolen with two other trailers, plus two truck bodies, and all the trucks parts I had stored in two small buildings.
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Next to the WC54 ambulance, the WC63 is one of my favorite WWII vehicles. You hit it on the head, they are not to small and not to big, just pure fun to drive.
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No, I did not. I have lost several items here to scrap thieves as I have two places were I store my vehicles. The worst was a WWII air drone trailer I found that spent it's life in a warehouse. It was stolen with two other trailers, plus two truck bodies, and all the trucks parts I had stored in two small buildings.
Ahab
Next to the WC54 ambulance, the WC63 is one of my favorite WWII vehicles. You hit it on the head, they are not to small and not to big, just pure fun to drive.
One of the few, Frank USMC RET
I am very sorry to hear about the robberies. That flat sucks.

Disgust is all that comes to mind about thieves.
 
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WWII 1943 WC62 1.5 ton utility truck

Ran across this photo of what looks to be a Dodge of some kind:

- The photo description only noted the circumstance but not the vehicle (Americans coming through Paris during the Liberation, of August 1944).

I don't recall seeing this three-axle variant. Anybody got background about it?

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Here are some more pictures of the Dodge 1943 WWII WC62 1.5 ton utility weapons carrier truck.
 

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