Harley-Davidson Prototypes of WWII

World War II marked the largest deployment of motorcycles by the US Military in an armed conflict.  The bulk of those machines were built by Harley-Davidson, who provided the US and their Allies with the now famous model WLA.  Although exact production numbers are not known, it is estimated that over 80,000 WLAs and their Canadian counterpart the WLC were produced during the war, with enough spare parts to build another 30,000 motorcycles.  Unlike the BMWs used by German forces, the WLA was not used in combat, but rather as a reconnaissance or messenger vehicle.  They also lead military convoys which often meant that they were the first vehicle to enter recently liberated towns and cities, which earned them the name “Liberators”. Read More at RideApart.



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