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Thread #149017 Message #3465554
Posted By: Don Firth
13-Jan-13 - 02:33 PM
Thread Name: BS: Were Jeeps German cars?
Subject: RE: BS: Were Jeeps German cars?
Cross-posted, but I'll post it anyway.
Eugene the Jeep was a little character in the "Popeye" comic strip way back in the late Thirties and Forties. I think most people were under the impression that American soldiers called the rough-riding vehicle a "jeep," after the little critter, for purely whimsical reasons, then learned that it was derived from "GP" for "general purpose vehicle."
The jeep (vehicle) was legendary for being bouncy and rough, but that was probably because of its relatively short wheel-base and the fact that it was often driven off-road over rough terrain.
There were lots of cartoons about the vehicle during World War II. Probably most famously, Bill Mauldin's cartoon about an old time cavalry office dealing with a broken front axle. BANG!!