The Model B Ammunition Carrier
One of the trucks most remembered by veterans of World War I is this 3 ton, four wheel drive Ammunition Carrier built by the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company. More than 20,000 of these famed Model "B's," as they were called, hustled guns, ammunition, troops and supplies to the battle fronts in the service of U.S. and allied fighting forces. After the war, some 5,000 surplus "B's" distributed to the newly formed State Highway Departments became the nucleus of the first highway and road maintenance fleets in America. Thirty five years after the war, in 1955, one of these units in full battlefield camouflage was used as a featured attraction of a nationwide travelling truck show sponsored by the FWD Company. Servicemen from coast to coast, as well as reporters from T.V., radio, and the press, greeted the famed "Buddy of World War I" at every stop along its tour. In 1919, four of these trucks, taken from the battlefields, were place on exhibit in the British Imperial War Museum in London's great Crystal Palace. They were the only American made trucks so honored by the British Government. A year later, in 1920, the U.S. War Department placed a scale model of the "Ammunition Carrier" on permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Each year hundreds of people visit the FWD Museum and Historical building at Clintonville to see this original truck and other vehicles of ancient vintage which have been preserved as show pieces by the FWD Company.