The British Expeditionary Force, fighting in France in 1940 was one of the worlds first fully motorised armies. The Germans, still reliant on horses for much of their transport would disguise their use of three million horses during the Second World War with clever propaganda of the 'all conquering mechanised blitzkreig'. Whilst it must be agreed that the German advance in France in 1940 was as rapid as it was tactically ingenious (conquering France and the BEF in roughly 6 weeks), attention should be drawn to when the Allies returned to the continent in 1944. Where, after the initial landings in June, followed by the build up and eventual break out after the Falaise 'pocket' (21st August 1944), in UNDER FOUR WEEKS the Allies are liberating Luxembourg, having liberated (just from the forces of the Normandy beach head) some 350-400 miles (as the crow fly's) of territory on a BROAD front, NOT the thin spear thrusts of the panzers of 1940. The Allied 'blitzkreig' was made possible by it's total motorisation (amongst other things) and we are keen to represent this.
The groups Willys Jeep is in fact, a reproduction. Based on a MK1 Ford Escort & Jago Jeep body, with body moldings made from original Willys Jeep patterns (wings, bonnet, front grille etc). This example comes with a 1.3 crossflow engine and 4 speed gearbox, there are also some original parts such as the front windscreen. The canvas is made to original patterns from original Willys templates. On the back is an Ohio original period multipiece Ariel set with a WS19 Wireless Original approx. date 1943.
Pauline's 67 and British 3rd Infantry Division markings evidence belonging to the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment and she is named after the owners mother.