“DEUCE AND A HALF”
The M35 started out in 1949 as a design by the REO Motor Car Company. The first vehicle in the family, the M34, was quickly superseded in military usage by the M35, the major difference being the M35’s 10-tire configuration versus the M34’s 6-tire “super-singles” configuration.
The M35 is the workhorse of the military cargo trucks. Technically considered a medium duty truck, the offroad cargo capacity is 5,000 pounds or 2.5 tons. This is where the nickname “deuce and a half” comes from. Although a number of manufacturers held the contract to build trucks and engines, the design remained nearly unchanged until the 1990’s.
The M35 would quickly become the dominant truck in its class in the U.S. military, serving with all the services in various capacities. For a short period the M35 was called “The Eager Beaver” by the U.S. Army due to its fording ability. But the name was never popular and forgotten in a few years.
The M35 is a popular military vehicle, a fact that is reflected in the Marauder’s inventory.
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