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'43 Willys MB
Near Monte Cassino, Italy, fall of 1943. Why was the life of a frontline jeep measured in months? It was partly due to battle damage and partly to horrific conditions and abuse. More often than not, it was loaded past the factory GVWR and driven without service. When it died, the carcass was shipped back to the rear for rebuilding, and a fresh unit replaced it. Only a handful of jeeps stuck with a unit during an entire campaign, let alone the whole war. This is why finding a World War II-era jeep with all its original numbered components is very rare.