The Jeep in the French Army

T1 - from 1942-1950, Tunise to Indochina

Paul Gaujac

Date Published :
February 2013
Publisher :
Histoire and Collections
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Designed in less than six months a short while before the United States entered the war in December 1941, in all 650 000 jeeps were built of which almost 175 000 were delivered to the Allied armies as part of the Lend-Lease agreement.

The Free French paratroopers were the first to use jeeps – during the Special Air Service raids in the Western Desert. But it was from April 1943 onwards that the jeeps starting arriving in droves in the ports at Algiers and Casablanca as part of the rearmament agreements. These funny little cars won over the French with their good handling and their ability to get over the worst obstacles.

Wherever the French army was, there were the jeeps. They transported top brass, carried radios, were equipped with automatic or antitank weapons, evacuated casualties from the battle zones over difficult terrain. They were equipped with loudspeakers to harangue the crowds and the technicians even thought of getting them to do mine detecting. Other builders thought they could replace them but they failed. They just had to build them under license until they just disappeared after sixty years of loyal service


"[This] 144 page book includes a bewildering array of images, mainly from the late war period, but also covers the post-war usage of various Jeeps up to 1954, which includes the homegrown French Delahaye and Peugeot. Amongst the many images are some showing specialist variants that may provide inspiration to Jeep owners of potential Jeep owners seeking to portray something a little different from the norm. … This is a superb book….and is well worth a closer look and at just £20 represents good value-for-money"

- Military Machines International

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