Sweater featuring D-DAY hero ‘Ted’ Roosevelt and his legendary ‘Rough Rider’ Jeep
£24.99 Size Guide
Commemorating almost 75 years since D-DAY. New design features the iconic Jeep on a superb silk-screen print on a Classic Olive, Fruit-of-the-Loom, Regular fit sweater. Standing in the Jeep is General Theodore ‘Ted’ Roosevelt, aged 56 at the time, the oldest serving officer to make the D-DAY landings on 6th June 1944. Although in poor health and under constant fire he was instrumental in directing troops and vehicles that helped secure the beachhead.
The Jeep's superb 60bhp, 4-wheel drive, ¼ ton vehicle was exceptionally capable, tough, durable and versatile. Testiment to this great design 637,385 were manufactured approx. 60% by Willys-Overland and 40% by Ford between 1941-45.
The Jeep’s 'Rough Rider' name is a tribute to Ted's Father’s 1st US Cavalry Regiment of 1898 that successfully engaged in the Battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War in Cuba. Ted was the eldest son of US President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09), and related to then US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45).
- Skillfully crafted illustration – no expense spared silk screen print printing in 4 colours on the front (and one colour on rear)
- Fruit-of-the-Loom, 80% cotton/20% Polyester, fine gauge Classic Olive colour (280gm/m2)
- Neck and waist have a Cotton/Lycra ribbing
- Great to wear – on its own or over a shirt
- Beautifully finished with twin needle stitching detail
- Highly durable, great shape retention and machine washable at 40°
- Small 7.5cm Legends logo on rear, below neckline
The plain facts:
Brigadier General Roosevelt was one of the first soldiers, along with Captain Leonard T. Schroeder Jr., off his landing craft and led the 8th Infantry Regiment and 70th Tank Battalion landing at Utah Beach
Ted suffered from health problems, he had arthritis, mostly from old World War I injuries, and walked with a cane. One of his quotes:
“Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.”
Ted sadly died of a heart attack almost a month later in Méautis, Normandy on July 12th 1944. He was posthumously awarded the highest US military decoration, the Medal of Honor for his D-DAY operation Overlord heroics
The Roosevelts devotion to national service saw Ted’s younger brother Quintin, a pilot die in France in WW1 on July 14th 1918 (Bastille Day) and Kermit died in military service in 1943. Archie survived WW2 with honors, but was disabled from an injury to the same knee he injured in WW1
The original design for the Jeep was put out to tender to 135 companies by the US Army – only giving them 49 days to supply a working prototype! Only 2 replied...Bantam and Willys-Overland
The chosen design was the Bantam Reconnaissance Car, a groundbreaking design by Karl Prost
- American Bantam built approximately 2,700 but spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the US Army
Bantam could not produce in volume so Willys-Overland took over mass production with Ford also manufacturing them to the US Army spec to keep up with military orders
Ford had ‘F’ stamped on bolts and components, whilst Willys-Overland had a ‘W’ stamped on theirs – most components were meant to be interchangeable. Willys (MB) produced 359,489 and Ford (GPW) 277,896