Years Ahead of its Time

The Standard Jungle Airborne Buggy (JAB) pre-dated the Japanese all-terrain-vehicle revolution by 35 years but it never made it into production.

‘There was no manual for the vehicle so intuition and ingenuity would be the key to a successful restoration’

Victory in Europe Day was declared on May 8, 1945 but World War Two was far from over. The prospect of much hard and bitter fighting was still to come against the Japanese empire which, although on the ropes, had made it clear that it would fight to the end.

It was the realisation of this spectre in the east that inspired Churchill’s cautionary speech to the House of Commons on VE Day: “We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead. Japan, with her treachery and greed, remains unsubdued. The injury she has inflicted on Great Britain, the United States and other countries and her detestable cruelties call for justice and retribution.”

In reality, military planners had been working for a considerable time to prepare equipment and vehicles for what seemed likely to be a hard slog through some of the most hostile terrain on earth including mountainous jungles, treacherous swamps a…

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