By Mary Bellis
During World War I, the U.S. Army needed a fast, lightweight all-terrain vehicle. In 1940, the Army called on the automotive companies to create a working prototype (fitting army specifications) in forty-nine days. Willys Truck Company was the first company to create the right prototype. The new vehicle was nicknamed the Jeep. General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America could not have won World War II without it.