Slim-Fit: D-DAY Hero ‘Ted’ Roosevelt in his legendary ‘Rough Rider’ Jeep. Printed on our 100% cotton T-Shirt
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Commemorating almost 75 years since D-DAY. Our new design features the iconic Jeep on a superb silk-screen print on a Classic Olive Fruit-of-the-Loom Slim-Fit T-Shirt. 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)
- Our fitted T fits slimmer to the body (see fitting challenge below)
- 100% cotton, fine gauge Classic Olive colour (165gm/m2)
- Great to wear – with features like taped neckline for extra comfort
- Beautifully finished with twin needle stitching detail
- Highly durable, great shape retention and machine washable at 40°
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
Sadly Ted died of a heart attack 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...
The chosen design was the Bantam Reconnaissance Car, a groundbreaking design by Karl Prost
Bantam could not produce in volume so Willys-Overland who's Go Devil engine impressed the top brass at the US Military took over mass production. Ford also producing them to Willy’s spec as production numbers were getting ever higher
Ford had an ‘F’ stamped on bolts and components, whilst Willys-Overland had a ‘W’ stamped on theirs – however most components were completely interchangeable. Willys (MB) model produced 359,489 and Ford model (GPW) 277,896 plus 2700 from Bantam
American Bantam, the creators of the first 'Jeep', spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the US Army
- The 1962 black and white film 'The Longest Day' features Henry Fonda who plays Ted Roosevelt. A colourised version was issued in 1994, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the invasion - a VHS worth searching out!
- Fitted challenge: Jeans on, top off and straight back, buckle up. Look down - can you see your belt buckle? If the answer is yes, chances are the fitted T-shirt is for you!