Soft-Skinned Vehicles of the 752nd
- Researched and Written by Robert Holt -
Vehicles of the 752nd
These vehicles were obviously more subject to dents, shrapnel scars, and general wear and tear than were the armored vehicles. These soft-skinned vehicles often were given names that were proudly displayed painted on the vehicle. As a result of all this, the soft-skinned vehicles, like the tanks themselves, seemed to take on a personality that reflected the personalities and experiences of the men who drove them.
As with the tanks, there does not seem to be much standardization of vehicle markings in the 752nd. Some vehicles used Allied stars, while others did not. Bumper codes were not always present, and a variety of styles are evident among those vehicles that did display them. Standardization of markings does not seem to have become the common practice in the 752nd until the postwar period, when rules and regulations became the order of the day.
The following random photos of some of the 752nd's soft-skinned vehicles provide a glimpse into these unsung workhorses, and into the experiences of the men who operated them.
Jeeps of the 752nd Tank Battalion
Trucks of the 752nd Tank Battalion
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