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August 2013 Backward Glances 1943 Ford Gpa

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The Ford GPA was originally designed as a recon vehicle but saw use with combat engineer bridge-building units. Unlike its German counterpart, it was designed to be capable in surf, but wasn’t the safest rig in even moderately heavy weather. Missing on Saft’s GPA is the surf shield, a foldable clamshell to minimize the water rolling over the bow.