During World War 2, the Willys jeep vehicle took part in battles fought by elite detachments of the British Army in North Africa. The British extensively modified Jeep vehicles in order to conduct daring raids against the enemy. They removed all non-essential parts to increase the vehicle's load-bearing capacity. Then they outfitted them with water-condensing units to reduce the loss from the radiator, and strapped canisters of extra fuel and water. The vehicles were also mounted with several machine guns, which produced devastating firepower during an attack. In one raid on an enemy airfield, the British detachments took out 12 aircraft in just five minutes. The audacity and ingenuity of these raids resulted in the destruction of hundreds of aircraft. It was the stalwart Jeep vehicle that made these missions possible, with its strength, versatility and ability to conquer the harsh, barren desert sands. The Willys Jeep all-purpose military vehicled was used by every Allied army and went on to become a symbol of endurance and determination, which it remains to this day.