Army T-Shirt Dispatch Rider: Motorcycle T-Shirts ’42 Harley

Army T-Shirt Dispatch Rider: Motorcycle T-Shirts ’42 Harley

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Army T-Shirt Dispatch Rider: Motorcycle T-Shirts ’42 Harley

Military Motorcycle T-Shirts Sales! Cotton T-Shirts, Sizes Small - 3XL

Dispatch Riders aka Despatch Riders were used by armed forces to deliver urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. This t-shirt design celebrates those messengers who played a vital role in WW2 at a time when telecommunications were limited and insecure. The position of Dispatch rider was the only one outside of paratrooper that was voluntary.

SHOP FOR ARMY T-SHIRTS IN SIX SIZES: S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL to commemorate Dispatch Riders / Despatch Riders and their 1942 Flat Head Harley motorcycles. This Black American Apparel is 100% Preshrunk Cotton.

Duties assigned the dispatch riders varied. For the most part they involved delivering messages to units and or to headquarters. Those marked “Secret” could be signed for by any clerk. However, those marked “Top Secret” were to be delivered to officers directly – even if that meant riding to the front lines.

Messages of importance were also delivered to and from hospitals – how many incoming wounded soldiers they could expect, how many discharged, how many soldiers were able and fit, what reinforcements the lines could expect – soldiers, fresh out of the hospital.


Although instructed not to take unnecessary risks, more often than not, despatch riders were expected to deliver the messages in the fastest time possible – riding through unimaginable road conditions. Much of the time, mud was caked so heavy under wheel fenders that navigation became extremely difficult, at best. Sometimes it was just best to remove the front fender. Long stretches of riding time led to sleep deprivation, and ultimately to accidents. Then there was the obvious threat: enemy fire. Yet despite the odds stacked against them, dispatch riders held no rank and were rarely acknowledged for their important role in the war.

Did you know that the Harley-Davidson WLC model (the 'WL' was the engine type and the 'C' was for Canadian) was among the motorcycles driven by Canadian dispatch riders and military police in the Second World War and Korean War. View this video about the The 1942 Flat Head Harley by Drager's International Classic Sales.

With our past fundraising initiatives, people have enabled us to donate over 87 THOUSAND DOLLARS of which, 54 Thousand was used to successfully commemorate the lives lost by Canadian soldiers on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. Now the fund-raising goal is focused on providing professionally trained service dogs to the members of our First Responders along with the Women and Men of the Armed Forces who suffer from P.T.S.D. We invite you to please give generously to your local Service Dogs Organizations: e.g. National Service Dogs which will complement funds raised here.

Buy online military history apparel: commemorative Army T-Shirts / Polos, Military golf shirts / polos, sweatshirts and baseball caps; Clothes commemorating historical armed forces efforts to protect Freedom and Democracy.

Inspiration from this piece came from a man we had the pleasure to meet from Kitchener, Ontario Canada. His name Is Harry Watts and in 2001 he wrote a little self published book called The Dispatch Rider. Harry passed away in 2019 after living for 95 amazing and full years.
If you would like to learn more about Harry, check these pages out.

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