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M606 Displays in Argentina


 

Peacekeeping

Army museumThe Museo Histórico del Ejército Argentino ("Museum of the History of the Argentinian Army") in Ciudadela near Buenos Aires, includes a display devoted to Argentinian participation in United Nations peacekeeping over many years. One of the centerpieces is an M606 painted in UN white.
 

In Action

Cordoba, 1969Luis Mariano Paz passed along this photo of parachute troops in an Ejercito Argentino M606 Jeep, during a civil disturbance in the city of Cordoba in 1969. The "Cordobazo" was a protest movement of workers and students, who erected barricades (170K JPEG) and took control of much of the city of Cordoba on 29 May 1969, until the Army was called in. (Wikipedia) Although short-lived, the Cordobazo inspired further uprisings and has been called a turning point in Argentinian politics.
 

Newsfilm frameThis picture is a frame from a piece of television news footage found by Luis, showing an Ejercito Argentino convoy entering Cordoba that day. (Luis also uploaded the video clip to You Tube.)

Luis catalogues the vehicles visible in the film clip: eight M606 Jeeps, one with a M100 trailer, a Dodge M601, a Willys Utility Wagon, and a Mercedes Benz 1114 truck. He also mentions that among the Army units entering Cordoba was the Parachute Infantry Regiment No 2, Gral Balcarce, the unit to which his 1966 M606 belonged.
 

At Auction

Surplus M606 JeepsThe Jeeps seen in action above, were retired from the Ejercito Argentino by the early 1990's, and Luis sent two photos probably taken in 1993 of army surplus M606 Jeeps up for auction. He says, "I think that this photograph will break the record of the most M606/CJ-3B ever seen in one place." And this is clearly an unretouched photo with at least 20 Jeeps visible (see the large copy, 120K JPEG).

The second photo apparently shows the other end of the lineup, and is interesting because several hood numbers are recognizable. Luis says, "It is not unreasonable to think that my Jeep could have been in this line of Jeeps." The hood numbers visible in the picture also appear in the list below, which is from the auction in which Luis' own M606 was originally sold by the army on 25 May, 1993:
 

Hood numbers

Year	Serial No.	Engine No.	Hood No.1967	8105	139224	4J449852	22074	1966	8105	137571	4J449498	22069	1966	8105	137717	4J4??501	21229	1966	8105	137707	4J449854	21312	1966	8105	137484	4J449303	21159	1964	8105	130124	4J399316	20656	1964	57348	113661	4J355925	20492	1964	8105	130054	????????	20687	1967	8105	139741	4J419988	21272	1966	8105	137740	4J449892	22150	1964	8105	129949	4J398248	20647	1964	57148	87020	????????	20453	1964	57318	118309	142		20198	1964	57348	114444	4J?35759?	20501	1964	8105	130091	4J399187	20718	1967	8105	139539	4J455591	21279	1966	8105	137439	4J449185	21231	1964	8105	130158	4J399183	20644	1965	8105	135768	4J443818	21892	1964	57348	118350	4J?36144	20490	1964	8105	129774	4J397279	20678	1967	8105	139397	4J454739	21286	1965	8105	135338	4J442642	22146	1967	8105	140490	????????	22067	1967	8105	139679	4J455629	22071	1966	8105	137714	4J449531	21874	1966	8105	137762	4J449505	22145	1966	8105	137623	4J449613	21329	1966	8105	137624	4J449599	21328	1964	8105	130155	4J449886	20663	1967	8105	139487	4J455186	2207	1966	8105	137775	4J?49942	21872	1964	8105	130050	4J398955	20649	1966	8105	137433	4J149176	21226	1967	8105	140044	4J461359	22077	1964	8105	130049	4J398953	20690	1964	8105	130041	4J398771	20668	1966	8105	137219	4J443159	21879	1966	8105	137665	4J455015	21882	1966	8105	137902	4J487030	21302	1964	8105	132592	4J442?90	20968	1964	57348	113670	MD12462		21503	1965	8105	135865	4J444311	21898	1964	8105	130036	4J398743	20664	1964	8105	130129	4J399376	20714	1966	8105	137569	4J448392	22068	1964	8105	130094	4J398592	20655	1966	8105	137509	4??????3	22075	1966	????	??????	RMD134851	21983	1964	8105	130014	4J492581	20705	1964	????	??????	4J448445	20966	1965	8105	133423	????????	20699	1964	57348	113652	4J355761	20502	1967	8105	139521	4J455306	21396	1964	8105	130116	????????	20724	1965	8105	133499	4J431???	21218	1964	8105	129904	4J469380	20738	1964	8105	129947	4J398407	20697	1967	8105	139460	4J55050		21295	1964	8105	129805	4J397541	20701	1966	8105	137727	4J454121	22078	1967	8105	139621	MD125294	21269	????	8105	130123	4J399371	20662	????	8105	129951	4J398351	20737	????	57348	114188	4J?35708	20494	????	8105	135830	4J444149	21891	1966	8105	137611	????????	21883	1964	8105	129946	????????	20737	1964	8105	129910	4J398282	20730	1966	????	??????	4J456606	21522	1964	8105	129902	4J3581??	20729	1964	8105	129892	NO		20736	1966	8105	137692	4J448398	21896	1964	57318	114395	4J396891	20504	1964	8105	129609	4J?408		20731	1967	8105	137484	4J449303	21159	1967	8105	129784	4J397361	20699	1967	8105	139741	4J419988	21272	1967	8105	139539	4J455591	2279	1967	8105	130066	4J398686	?????	1967	8105	129487	4J455186	22071	1967	8105	137707	4J449854	20724	1967	57348	113661	4J355925	20492	1967	8105	130154	4J399482	20652	1967	8105	129949	4J398248	20647	

Restored

Front viewDecember 8, 2000: the year-end meeting of the Asociacion Argentina de Coleccionistas de Vehiculos Militares. December marks the beginning of summer in Argentina, and the temperature averages 25 to 35 degrees centigrade, so it was a great opportunity for four M606-owners in the AACVM to line their Jeeps up, put the tops down, and admire each others' work. Note that two of the Jeeps have their spare tires mounted on the rear.
 

Side viewThese photos were taken by Luis Mariano Paz of Buenos Aires, who says they are all in quite original condition. Left to right, they are:

  1. 1966 M606 (Luis' Jeep -- see also more photos)
  2. 1967 M606 (repainted sand by the Argentinian army)
  3. 1967 M606 (with RT 68 radio equipment)
  4. 1964 M606

 

FaitaA closer look at Luis Faita's 1967 Jeep, with a jerry can bracket mounted on the passenger side. Photo taken at the same AACVM meet, held at the Gral Lemos Parade Square.
 

With M38A1sTwo M38A1s, as well as other vehicles belonging to members of the AACVM, were included in the display. The organization, inspired by similar associations in other countries, was formed in 1997, with the objective of preserving military vehicles as part of the history of Argentina.

Ejercito Argentino imported approximately 250 M606 Jeeps between years 1964 and 1967, as well as many M38A1 and twenty M170 Jeeps.
 

M38A1, M606Luis Mariano Paz says, "All the vehicles arrived painted olive drab, and later some were painted the terroso brown color with olive spots, like the M606 in this photo, from year 1967.

"Espero que de esta manera los dueños de otros M606 de la argentina se puedan contactar conmigo y formar una gran Asociacion."
 

Thanks to Luis Mariano Paz and the AACVM. Thanks also to the website Historia, Memoria, Identidad for the Cordobazo photos. -- Derek Redmond


Also on CJ3B.info, see Ejercito Argentina 22071: 1967 M606 -- witnessing Evita and the Falklands.

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