The GMC CCKW Truck in US Service

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David Doyle
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Hardcover, 504 pages, color drawings, 1,200 vintage color and black-and-white photos, 100,000 words
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This is the second book to be released by Squadron Signal Publications under the "Historical Reference" series. As explained in the front of the book, this series is written by using in-depth research of primary documents, giving a very detailed look at the subject matter. It appears that there may other books in the works covering aircraft and vessels. As I have said before, in my opinion this book is like a Walk Around or In Action series book on steroids.

The book starts with the origins of the CCKW. This began in 1928 when the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps started developing its standard fleet. What came from this were two 2-1/2 ton 6x6 vehicles. One of the interesting names involved in its development is a major player – John D. Hertz. Yes, of the rental car company, but he first owned Yellow Cab, and then Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company, which ended up merging with GM. They were instrumental in the development of the CCKW.

So how did the CCKW get its name? Well the first C is the model year, the second C means conventional cab, K means selective front wheel drive, and W applies to driven tandem axles. Speaking of names, the author could not find any official documentation that used the term "deuce and a half.” This seems to have been a name that GI's gave to the CCKW.

Photographs – this book is packed full of pictures. Most are black and white photos, with just a few color ones from WWII and the Korean War era, and one from a restored CCKW. There are photos of the production, variants, and the vehicles in actual use. For modelers, this is a reference-packed book.

On a side note: at the IPMS/USA National Convention in Loveland, Colorado, I had the opportunity to meet author David Doyle. During our conversation he asked for suggestions on what other books he should do next. I gave him a few. My suggestions were the LVT series through WWII and the M2/M3 halftrack. We will wait and see if he uses them.

Overall, this book is a wonderful reference to anyone who is a fan of the CCKW. Yes, the price may be a little steep from some, but it is well worth it.

I’d like to thank Squadron Signal Publications for providing the book for review, and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.


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