DUKW amphibious vehicle, France

DUKW amphibious vehicle, France

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Credit: US NAVY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: US DUKW amphibious vehicle transporting supplies of blood and medical personnel across a landing beach in the southern France invasion area, during World War II. This six-wheeled amphibious vehicle is colloquially known as the Duck. It was modified from the CCKW US Army truck with the addition of a watertight hull and a propellor. It was the first vehicle to allow tyre pressure to be changed from the dashboard, due to a Speir's device. This made landing on soft sandy beaches much easier. DUKWs were first used in November 1943 during the Invasion of Sicily. Photographed on 26th August 1944.

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