As one war correspondent said, “It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a mountain goat.” The flat-fendered Willys Jeep is one of the most instantly recognizable vehicles ever made. Any American TV or movie action hero who wasn’t on a horse was in a Jeep. Even General Eisenhower was impressed, saying “the three tools that won us the war in Europe were the Dakota, the landing craft, and the Jeep.”
Hundreds of war movies must have featured the Willys Jeep. Forget the Sherman tank – if one vehicle symbolizes American participation in World War II it’s that iconic Jeep, which usually comes bouncing along at a critical moment containing the hero, or the one person the hero doesn’t want to see.