Happy Birthday to the original Jeep of world war II! This video has great scenes of pre-war testing of the prototype Bantam Jeep model prior to the final pattern as made by Willys and Ford. In several of the scenes the driver almost tips his Jeep over from over enthusiastic driving.
My father said that he and his AAF comrades were going to get two things after the war; an M1 carbine and a Jeep. He had to wait until I came along to be reacquanted with both of those items.
The contract for the Jeep was issued in November of 1940 and has Paul Harvey used to say "...and that is the rest of the story!".