The WLA is a model of Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II. It is of the 45 solo type, so called due to its 45 cubic inches (740 cc) engine and single-rider design.
WLAs were used extensively by US Troops for messenger and Military Police duties and thousands were supplied to other countries thru Lend Lease Agreements.
These bikes were nicknamed ‘Liberators’ in Europe since they were ridden by troops liberating their towns and countries from German occupation.
Normandy 44 Re-enactment group
Museum of Flight
East Fortune, Edinburgh, Scotland