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Harley-Davidson WLA: The Main US Military Motorcycle of World War II

Harley-Davidson WLA: The Main US Military Motorcycle of World War II

Robert S. Kim

Available March 2020

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The story of an iconic model in the long history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the WLA, which was used by Allied forces during WWII, is told for the first time. Developed for the US Army’s mechanized cavalry, it became the leading US military motorcycle of the war. It served the US armed services as a messenger and military police vehicle. The Red Army’s motorcycle battalions, reconnaissance units of its tank armies, also used them as their primary vehicle. The armies of the Soviet Union, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, China, and Brazil also made use of the model and its variants. It is known today as the “Liberator”; discover the history and stories of individuals who rode this icon to war and why the model is now a favorite among civilian collectors.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 139 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359248 | Binding: hard cover

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Robert Kim is a lawyer and published historian who has been a motorcycle rider since the 1990s. His career practicing law and in government included serving in the war in Iraq as the deputy Treasury attaché in Baghdad, responsible for a wide range of financial issues, including counterterrorist financing. He published his first book in 2017, Project Eagle: The American Christians of North Korea in World War II, about the forgotten American presence in late-19th- to early-20th-century Korea, and the Second World War US-Korean intelligence operation that grew from it. His interest in motorcycling and military history led him to investigate the history of the Harley-Davidson WLA.