Moscow: Gos. nauchno-tekhnicheskoe izdatel’stvo mashinostroitel’noi literatury, 1948. Item #1594
141,  pp.: ill. 27x40,5 cm. In original illustrated cardboards. Covers bumped, pale water stains, two minor holes in blank margin of title page, otherwise very good and clean copy.
First and only, posthumous edition. One of 5000 copies. Rare.
Covers and title page were designed by artist Mikhail Ber. During the Second World War, he worked for the TASS Windows in Novosibirsk. Also, he created posters for the Institute of Health Education.
This well-illustrated Soviet edition introduced designs of 12 American vehicles released during the Second World War, or to be precise, in 1941-1945. The author, engineer Ivan Gribov (1881-1945) was a specialist in internal combustion engines and the first dean of the Automotive and Tractor Faculty and head of the Department of Automotive Operation of the University of Mechanical Engineering (MAMI). For almost four decades, Gribov published more than 30 books on vehicles and automobile enterprises.
The designs include 9 models of military vehicles and three models of commercial lorries. Under the Lend-Lease agreement, the first batch of trucks arrived in the Soviet Union from Great Britain in November-December 1941. Since 1942, more than 24,5 thousand Dodge WC series had been sent from the USA. Initially, such vehicles were used as tractors for anti-tank divisional weapons. Then they began to be used differently: as ambulances, reconnaissance vehicles, escort vehicles for high command. It also happened that radio stations or, for example, anti-aircraft installations were set up on them. The Northern Fleet was armed with Ford G8T trucks produced in 1943. In all, about 77 thousand trucks were received by the USSR. Also, more than 1200 five-ton trucks and dump trucks KR11 manufactured by International were shipped to the USSR at that time.
The Gorky Automobile Plant was determined a place of their assembly while the Leningrad Tire Plant made special tires. After the Great Patriotic War was over, American vehicles continued their service for civil needs until the early 1970s.
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