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Where were all the M38s sent to?

 
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Harleygaz
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:23 pm    Post subject: Where were all the M38s sent to? Reply with quote

Hi. Iíve read that very few M38s went to Korea so where did they go? Is there a database that shows how many went where maybe by registration number?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Keep in mind that we were in a new war 5 years after WWII ended. We mobilized and used what we had on hand. What we had for jeeps were 6 year old and older WWII jeeps. No where near the 600,000 built during WWII since we attritted a large portion of those during that war and transferred another large portion to surviving western countries at the end of the war as part of the postwar downsizing of our military. We had to rob WWII jeeps from our stateside units to keep the combat troops supplied with enough jeeps.

The Army knows it needs more jeeps and contracts with Willys to build the M38. These jeeps were very different from the MB's and GPW's. They were 24 V waterproof electrical, 7.00-16 tires instead of 6.00-16 tires, T90 instead of T86 transmissions and the Army's logistic system would not support the introduction of this new jeep in the battlefield environment so the bulk of the new M38's replaced the shortages in the stateside units.

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Is there a database that shows how many went where maybe by registration number?


No. We have been unable to locate any assignment data for the M38's and all their individual motor pool records were destroyed 6 months after each jeep was surplussed out.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other piece to that is the government set up in Japan rebuild and refurbishment operations. They moved many suitable vehicles picked up on the battlefields and other Asian areas there to be rebuilt. Some, maybe many of these vehicles ended up in Korea.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lots of pictures of M38s in Europe, don't see many from Japan
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ken!
In the historical photos here are a couple photos of an M38 that turned over in a road. It is labeled as being in Japan I believe.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a link to a you tube video about OPERATION ROUND-UP...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thx for the replies. I had read that most jeeps in Korea were WWII issue but wondered if any M38 went to Europe.
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