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U.S GMC CCKW ST6 General Patton 3rd Army HQ

This is something you are probably not going to find at mainland Europe, A amazing converation of a GMC CCKW ST6  , converted to General Patton’s 3rd Army HQ.
The original GMC is located in the Patton Museum, Fort Knox in the United States of America and this is a amazing replica.
The GMC is for around 80% finished and in running condition.
The complete interior was made by a specialized woodworker, to match exactly the measurements of the original Patton Shop van from the 3rd army.

Dutch papers.

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Small story about the Patton GMC van, credits about all the information goes to http://pattonthirdarmy.com/. , make sure you visit their website!

General Patton took possession of his “Patton van,” as it came to be called, not long before he was to leave England to command Third Army in France.  Three vans were delivered and Patton had photographs taken of them.

The shop portion of the van was an ST6 and was originally a small arms maintenance workshop manufactured by Perley A Thomas Car works High Point North Carolina, which is known today as Thomas Buses. Sometime in March 1944 the conversions began near Patton Headquarters in Peover, England. In 1965, one of the builders of the Patton Van visited the Patton Museum located at Fort Knox.

In 1965, one of the original builders visited Fort Knox where than van came to be put on display after the war. An article that appeared in the “The Turret” newspaper stated that Technician 5th Grade Joseph E. Owczarczak “was then a “shop clerk” in charge of maintenance and repair shop of the 911th Ordnance Heavy Automotive Company. Twenty men from the company and ten French civilians actually built the vans. Mr. Joseph E. Owczarczak stated he was included because of his position in the company and his knowledge of the French language and people. He passed instructions on to the French civilians.”  For weeks the Ordnance section in England converted the vans into traveling mobile caravans.

In the center of the Third Army Headquarters were three shop vans referred to as caravans They were assigned to General Patton, General Hugh Gaffey, Chief of Staff and General Hobart Gay (Deputy Chief of Staff). They were heavily guarded by MP’s 24 hours a day unless they were moving. Patton referred to the MPs as “sentinels” These sentinels carried .30 caliber M1 rifles with fixed bayonets and, on occasion, M1903A1 rifles with bayonets fixed. Patton believed that the fixed bayonets gave a foreboding effect and conveyed the idea that they meant business. In Patton‘s Headquarters, they took their assignments seriously. They were part of the 503rd MP Battalion Company A, which was assigned to provide headquarters security.

The three “caravans” were located in close proximity to each other and had a canvas tarp protruding outward from the rear of each van, supported with poles and guy ropes which formed a canvas awning.

The truck that became General Patton’s Headquarters van was officially designated by the quartermaster and transportation department as a 2 ½ CCKW Shop Van St6. They were based on a two and one half ton truck with ten wheels and 6 wheel drive. The truck weighed some 13,000 pounds. It was powered by a GMC 6-cylinder engine and had a 40-gallon gas tank. The truck measured 19 feet in length, 7 ft. 10 inches wide and 9 feet tall. It was rated to get 7.5 miles per gallon.( 269.5 cubic inch displacement.) It was an ordnance repair truck converted to a mobile house trailer. General Patton described his by saying, “It is like a cabin cruiser that you can stand up in.

There was a 25-gallon canvas bag hanging on one side with a shower attachment to bath with. Patton was said to not be very shy about his latrine or bathing habits. From an outward appearance these vans looked identical with one notable exception.

There was added a metal stair rail to assist Patton coming in and out of the van, as the stairs were steep. The stairs were moved to the middle both doors could remain closed and the top secret map board, on the inside, could not be viewed from the outside.[5]

Patton’s dog, Willie, had trouble getting up the stairs into the van because of the expanded metal mesh on the stair rungs. It would pull his nails off getting in. As a result, there were small pieces of board placed over the stairs so he would not hurt himself going up the stairs. All of this was covered by a huge array of camouflage netting that helped it blend into the countryside and not be seen from the air or distant ground observation.

The Patton shop van cabin interior was designed and constructed in England and delivered to Patton on or about June 10, 1944.

At the entrance to Patton’s “caravan” were two flags. On the right side flew his field rank flag that was red with three white stars denoting his rank of Lt. General. To the left was the Third Army flag. There was to be no doubt as to where Patton was billeted. Just outside the van were folding canvas director chairs and folding camp tables. Below Patton leaves with Willie outside Patton Van.

 


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