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Facts: I Wanna Jeep

Alex Cranmer with the World War II Jeep he purchased. The Jeep restored by IMA is actually based on a real Jeep from WWII, which belonged to Captain Fritz Maisel of the 8th Infantry Regiment 4th Division.

Alex Cranmer with the World War II Jeep he purchased.
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Photograph by Firecracker Films/NGC

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  • The Jeep restored by IMA is actually based on a real Jeep from WWII, which belonged to Captain Fritz Maisel of the 8th Infantry Regiment 4th Division.
  • The name Raratonga was in honour of Captain Maisel's racehorse who he was very fond of.
  • When firing a cannon; a ‘target load’ is a third of powder to what the cannon is rated. A ‘service load’ is the full size load for the artillery piece.
  • The cannon Paul and Chris fire at Cannon School is a 10 – pdr Parrot rifle. It has a maximum range of 2,000 yards and was very popular during the American Civil War.
  • The Bren gun was a development by the British of the Czech ZB vz 26 light machine gun.
  • The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and the bloodiest of World War II. It saw huge casualty rates, one of the highest rates was in the 509th PIB with a staggering 92 per cent casualty rate.
  • The Brunswick was used the American civil war. The name Brunswick derives from the German state of Brunswick. By early 1863 the Confederacy had imported 2,020 Brunswick from Europe.
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