1943 Nuffield Airborne Jeep Prototype


During WWII the British Armed Forces received many thousands of American 1/4 ton 4x4 trucks. In Britain they were official designated as Cars, 5-cwt, 4x4, but their popular name was initially Blitz Buggy, soon to be changed to Jeep - its universal epithet. In true British fashion it was not long before all manner of transformations appeared, from simple body enclosures to structure alterations, e.g. for desert patrol use.


The British efforts were twofold: adaptation of the imported Jeep to meet special requirements, like field ambulances and patrol vehicles and the creation of indigenous equivalents in order not to be totally reliant on supplies across the Atlantic. Of the latter category some appeared as prototypes, but that is as far as they got.