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Military jeep recreation on Voyager's holodeck Jeep, carpenter street
A holographic recreation of a military Jeep (l) and a late-model civilian Jeep parked on Carpenter Street

A Jeep was a small but powerful type of general-purpose automobile originally built for and used by the US military during World War II. They were eventually redesigned for civilian car use.

The phonetic acronym "GP" of "general-purpose" has universally been accepted as the origin for the vehicle's name.

General Rex Denning traveled around the United States Army Air Forces base that he was stationed at in July 1947 in an army Jeep. (DS9: "Little Green Men")

This was something of a small continuity error; As an air force general, Denning would have been driven around in an air force Jeep, which was often executed in dark blue, though green was commonly used also. Either way, the registry should have read "USAAF" (United States Army Air Forces as the branch was still called in July 1947, until it became the United States Air Force in September of that year), instead of "US" as it did in the episode. For completeness sake, US Navy Jeeps were executed in light blue and carried "USN" registries.

Maury Ginsberg owned a Jeep in 1969, which he used to travel to Woodstock. (VOY: "Death Wish")

A Jeep was parked on Carpenter Street near the abandoned American Wrecking Company in 2004. (ENT: "Carpenter Street")

In 2374 an US Army Jeep was recreated on the holodeck of the USS Voyager as part of a Hirogen combat simulation. (VOY: "The Killing Game, Part II")

During World War II, the Jeep had a German military counterpart, the Volkswagen Kübelwagen. With over 610.000 units, the Jeep has arguably become the most widely war-produced military vehicle, of any type or by any nation.

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