WC51 WEAPONS CARRIER
A need existed for a larger vehicle than the standard U.S. Army 1/2 ton
truck developed prior to World War II. The 1/2 ton vehicle proved too light
for most mission requirements
and, in 1941, the Dodge WC 3/4 ton truck was born. Developed
by the Fargo Motor Corporation (A subsidiary of Chrysler Corporation)
the WC (weapons carrier) 51 is a 4X4 general purpose truck. The WC52 is identical with
the exception of a winch. Other famous variations of the vehicle were developed
including the WC53 carryall, the WC54 ambulance,
the WC59 signal corps vehicle and the WC56
The 3/4 ton body
was equipped with seats so that both soldiers and supplies could be carried
in the back.
had 37 mm cannon mounts, resulting in a somewhat ineffective tank destroyer.
The vehicle is equipped with a non-synchromesh 4 speed
The engine is a Dodge 6 cylinder, 230.2 cu.in. displacement, L head with 92
horsepower at 3200 rpm.
USAGE IN WORLD WAR II
The vehicle was utilized in a wide variety of roles in both the Army and Navy.
It was used throughout all theaters of World War II and with other armies
such as the British and French.
Weapons carriers can be seen in historical photos carrying equipment on the
beaches of Normandy, hauling supplies throughout Europe, servicing ships
at Navy bases and loading ordinance onto aircraft.
The WC51 remained in use with NATO
countries and only recently is being retired after over 50 years of service.
The WC51 was the predecessor of the M37 3/4 ton truck used throughout the
ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL DATA
Length...........13 ft. 11 in.
Width.............6 ft. 10 in.
Height............7 ft. 1 in.
Maximum Speed.....45 mph
WC52 WEAPONS CARRIER, same as WC51 except for the winch
Copyright 1995 Charles C. Roberts, Jr.