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Kropotkin30302 Dec 2011 1:01 p.m. PST

Hi All,

Can any one let me know if the USMC in the pacific theatre use the GPA amphibious jeep or the Weasel?

Am working on a 15mm AMTRAK force and would appreciate any info on these small vehicles.

Sundance02 Dec 2011 1:14 p.m. PST

I've never seen either of these in conjunction with the Marines, but it's possible that they did.

Personal logo BAMeyer Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2011 3:58 p.m. PST

I haven't come across them in our research. Doesn't mean they weren't there.

Company B

Mako11 Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 6:15 p.m. PST

Not sure about the jeep, but have never seen a Weasel pic billed as in the Pacific.

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 6:28 p.m. PST

This is thought to have been a Weasel in Marine use in the Pacific.

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And a USMC Weasel on Iwo Jima

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Machinato Inlet immediately after combat, Okinawa, Japan, 19 Apr 1945; note wrecked M29 Weasel vehicles on the road

Robert

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 7:22 p.m. PST

Page 705.

"A new type of tracked vehicle making its Marine Corps appearance in combat on Iwo Jima was the "Weasel," a light cargo carrier (M29C) that was capable of hauling a half-ton load. VAC, which received these vehicles in November 1944, distributed them to the 3d, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions the same month. While not seaworthy, the Weasel proved of inestimable value on land, where it was fast, maneuverable, and could pull trailers and light artillery pieces over terrain untrafficable for wheeled vehicles.68"

History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II
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Personal logo BrigadeGames Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2011 7:28 p.m. PST

And just think, CompanyB makes one

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Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 7:43 p.m. PST

Okinawa
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And they are mentioned on page 33 in "Battle Orders US Marine Corps Pacific Theater of Operations 1944-45".

"A more successful vehicle was the full-tracked M29C Weasel cargo carrier used on Iwo Jima.It also saw use on Okinawa. "

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Robert

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 8:44 p.m. PST

Nothing on the QMC-4 1/4 Ton Truck Light Amphibian. yet. Robert

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 10:55 p.m. PST

There are some mentions of them being used in the South Pacific . But nothing definite. Robert

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 11:27 p.m. PST

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Machinato Inlet immediately after combat, Okinawa, Japan, 19 Apr 1945; note wrecked M29 Weasel vehicles on the road
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Kropotkin30303 Dec 2011 5:02 p.m. PST

Thanks guys,

Looks like the Weasel has it. As always TMPers come good.

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member03 Dec 2011 9:10 p.m. PST

You are welcome. Took me a little time but I found some :). Wish I could find more on the QMC-4 1/4 Ton Truck Light Amphibian. Robert

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