Re: [MV] MB/GPW Capstan Winch for Wheel?

k.king (
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 13:31:32 -0800

i remember seeing this pictured (but not in actual use) in either a manual
or maybe one of the ps magazines while i was in the army.

my recollection is that you used two metal bars about 1/2 in diameter and
two ropes attached to something solid-trees, deuces, etc. the bar was slid
through a hole in a tab that stuck out from the center of the hubs of both
the front and rear of the m151. (i seem to also recall some other vehicles
having some sort of stamped cage arrangement sticking out of the center of
their hubs.) the bar then had the rope wrapped around the hub several times.
when the driver of the stuck jeep started up, the rope would wind around the
hub/bar arrangement.

the whole thing sounded pretty risky to me and was described as a last ditch
effort. i didn't understand why you would use it if you had the deuce there.
why not just attach the ropes to the deuce?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Root <>
To: <>
Date: Friday, January 15, 1999 10:43 PM
Subject: [MV] MB/GPW Capstan Winch for Wheel?

>Hi listers
>I was surfing the Australian War Memorial Photograph database
>(, when I stumbled across a
>photo of a capstan winch-like attachment which was mounted on the front
>wheel of a jeep, possibly using the lug nuts. Take a look at negative
>number 068818 or search for "jeep" + "capstan" in 1939 - 1945 to see it.
>I have never seen nor heard of such a device. A jeep is shown pulling
>it self up a steep hill by a rope using this "poor man's winch". Anyone
>know any more about them? Was this a field improvisation, or were these
>manufactured for that purpose? The big question: did they work?
>Also check out negative number 021904, which I think is a Ford GP...
>-Rob Root
> 1942 GPW
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