Ward LaFrance M1A1

Heavy Wrecking Truck M1

Country USA
Role 10-ton 6×6 wrecker
Produced 1941-1945
No. built 5,765
The Kenworth 10-ton 6×6 heavy wrecking truck (G116) (officially Heavy Wrecking Truck M1) was the standard heavy wrecker of the US Army during World War II. It was replaced in the 1950s by 5-ton wreckers.
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The Ward LaFrance M1A1 was a powerful heavy wrecker vehicle used during World War II and beyond. Here’s a breakdown of its key features:

Origin and Purpose:
  • Designed in the 1930s, the M1A1 was officially adopted by the US Army in 1944.
  • Over 3,500 units were built between 1943 and 1945.
  • Its primary function was recovering disabled or wrecked military vehicles during wartime.
Technical Specifications:

The M1A1 was a 6×6 truck, meaning it had six wheels with all six powered for excellent off-road capability. It was powered by a Continental 22R engine, a 6-cylinder inline gasoline engine known for its reliability and torque. Some sources mention its displacement around 8,210 cm3. Details on other specifications like weight, cargo capacity, or winch capacity are not readily available online.


The M1A1 proved to be a valuable asset during World War II, helping to keep vehicles operational and facilitating battlefield recovery efforts. Many surplus M1A1s were sold to civilian sectors after the war, including fire departments, where some were converted to use diesel engines. Today, the M1A1 is a collectible military vehicle, sought after by enthusiasts for its historical significance and rugged design.

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