Historical Vehicle Fleet

GMC CCKW 2 1/2 ton Truck- ‘Crazy Horse’

The GMC 2 1/2 ton capacity ‘Deuce-and-a-half’ truck was introduced in the months prior to WW2 as an all-in-one vehicle which could be used for hauling anything from ammunition, to troops. As time went on however, these rugged trucks were built into many different variations with specific purposes such as towing/recovery, communications van, and fuel and water storage. Despite its name, the truck can carry as much as 4-5 tons of supply. Our May 1941 truck is the troop-carrying variation with a ring-mounted .50cal M2 Machine gun above the cab, and folding troop benches. Its name ‘CCKW’ comes from a GM vehicle code system which designated the vehicle as a wide wheel-based, conventional (meaning the engine was in front) cab truck with all-wheel drive designed in 1941. The CCKW was so popular that despite introducing its replacement in 1950, the truck continued to serve reliably with the US Army until the mid-1960s. By the end of WW2 more than 570,000 CCKW trucks were produced- a production number second only to the Jeep.

Occupants: Driver, Co-driver, Gunner (depending on variant), +12 (if troop transport variant)

Carry Capacity: 4-5 tons

Engine: 92 or 104hp, GMC 270 (gasoline)

Transmission: 5 speed 2x range manual

Top Speed: 45mph

Production: 572,000 produced from 1941 to 1945