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If you are planning on taking your Jeep to Normandy in June, you may want to make use of the TM 9-803 manual to do some routine maintenance ahead of boarding a ferry, writes John Carroll

There’s a good chance that if you do your own vehicle maintenance you are familiar with the Haynes manuals, or, if you’re on the other side of the Atlantic, you know of manuals from the likes of Chilton and Clymer. All of these offer maintenance information for DIY mechanics, but when it comes to US military vehicles, manuals that predate all of these exist in the form of the US Army’s Technical Manuals ( TMs). These are commonly known as army manuals and are a comprehensive series of official US military publications intended to be instructive and provide information for military users of specific equipment.

The manuals include publications on military vehicles, including military motorcycles, Jeeps, trucks, scout cars, tanks and amphibians, while other manuals were devoted to diverse subjects including radios and cooking. The ‘restricted’ distribution TMN 9-803 was originally issued in 1944 as a manual for those charged with the operation and maintenance of Jeeps, and superseded the TM-10-13- 15 Maintenance Manual for the ‘Willys Truck 1/4 Ton 4x4’ of October 1, 1942.

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