Author Topic: AMTRACs, AMTANKs, Aligators, Buffalos, DUKWs, GPAs, Terrapins, & Tuna Boats  (Read 19580 times)

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Subjects for discussion to include wheeled and tracked amphibian vehicles such as the LVT, LVTA, LVTP5, LVTP-7 (AAAV-7), and the recently cancelled EFV (aka AAVX). 

While the real AMTRAC and AMTANK vehicles were rather short-lived due to their light construction, they did serve their purpose in getting the troops ashore and providing immediately available fire support until tanks could be landed. 

LVT-4 showing a Jeep on the access ramp. 

(image source: Olive-Drab.com via Wikipedia)

Some links:

Wikipedia - Landing Vehicle Tracked
Popular Mechanics, June 1944 - "Water Buffalo Can Fight On Land Or Sea"
Olive-Drab.com page on Amphibious Vehicles (Wheeled and Tracked)
AMTRAC.org - Assault Amphibian Vehicles of the USMC
Globalsecurity.org - Origins of the AMTRAC
Popular Science, October, 1941 - New Tools for Army Power
Google Search Results for "LVT AMTRAC"
Google Image Search Results for "LVT AMTRAC"


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The French made extensive use of LVTs in Indochina, including versions mounting the 40mm Bofors:



http://www.airlandseaweapons.com/blog/708868-lvt-4/
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Jon,

Thanks for sharing that image.  This is the first image time I have seen of that version which provided sufficient detail of the turret to actually see the thing.  The addition of the two M2 Browning .50s mounted with the Bofors is a very interesting arrangement for the AMTRAC. 
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Ah, the old motion-sickness inducing tuna boat...man does that beast need to be replaced.  Tall and slow, two great qualities in a target. Whatever is next needs to carry a little more punch than a 40mm Mk-19 and a M2 HMG. 

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Otay, for the non-jargon speaking folks, WTH is a 'tuna boat'?

Anyhow, the  experimental hydrofoil equipped LVHX2 from the '60s:







- Jane's Surface Skimmers 1967-68

BTW I think this thread should be expanded to include the DUKW and SEEP.
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BTW I think this thread should be expanded to include the DUKW and SEEP.


Suggestion accepted.  Topic title changed to reflect wheeled and tracked amphibian vehicles. 
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BTW I think this thread should be expanded to include the DUKW and SEEP.


Suggestion accepted.  Topic title changed to reflect wheeled and tracked amphibian vehicles.

Thangs man, but ya still din't answer ma question: WTH is a 'tuna boat'?

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Thangs man, but ya still din't answer ma question: WTH is a 'tuna boat'?

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The tuna boat is the LVTP-7 or AAV used predominantly by the US Marines. Don't be bringing any apricots on board, either...

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Thangs man, but ya still din't answer ma question: WTH is a 'tuna boat'?

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According to one of our members that is currently on active duty and wearing a the uniform of a United State Marine (yes, LemonJello, I am talking about you) the term "Tuna Boat" comes from the very ungainly and high profile of the LVTP-7/AAAV-7 when seen out of the water.  I would have to agree that when viewed on the beach or in the motor park the vehicle does take on a profile that reminds you of a fishing boat in some ways. 

Don't be bringing any apricots on board, either...


Interesting history on Apricots and AMTRACs from the AMTRAC Library at AMTRAC.org:
 
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From Tarawa to Saudi Arabia, Apricots and AmTracs just don't mix.


Apricots and AmTracs:
Apricots and Amtracs at Tarawa - CWO James C. Walker, USMC (Ret.)
Taste for Apricots Canned at Cua Viet - SSgt. Bob Donner (Stars and Stripes Newspaper)
Apricots on Amtracs...a bad thing! - LtCol. David L. Coggins, USMC
"No More Damn Apricots!" - Major Preston McLaughlin, USMC
Apricots, AAVs no happy pair - Cpl. Derek A. Shoemake (Submitted by: 26th MEU)
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Thanks, oh citrony jiggly one.

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Kinda belongs here, since it looks like an LVTP-7 that just hatched.  ;D  An ARISGATOR, an Italian adaption of an M113 with enhanced amphibious capabilities.


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Wasn't there a Brazillian attempt to do something similar, i.e. make an Amtrak out of an M113?
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Hey, that "baby amtrac" from an M113 is pretty cool! The added nose would be tough to fabricate, but it's doable as a conversion, I'd think. 

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Re: AMTRACs, AMTANKs, Aligators, Buffalos, DUKWs, GPAs, Terrapins, & Tuna Boats
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012, 09:51:14 AM »
Wasn't there a Brazillian attempt to do something similar, i.e. make an Amtrak out of an M113?


yep, it was side-lined but they did field some M-548s with water-jets & props for civil use instead.  I'll try & find a photo.


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Re: AMTRACs, AMTANKs, Aligators, Buffalos, DUKWs, GPAs, Terrapins, & Tuna Boats
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2012, 05:15:37 PM »
The outboard takes the cake! ;D
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Re: AMTRACs, AMTANKs, Aligators, Buffalos, DUKWs, GPAs, Terrapins, & Tuna Boats
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2012, 01:45:28 AM »
The outboard takes the cake! ;D

Needs three or four more to really get it moving.  Maybe fast enough to pull a squad on water skis?
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Mount the turret from the Saladin or the M113 FSV on the LVT(A)-1 or LVT(A)-4 to create a slightly different fire support vehicle.
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Mount the turret from the Saladin or the M113 FSV on the LVT(A)-1 or LVT(A)-4 to create a slightly different fire support vehicle.

Good idea. You could also use the aluminium turret from the Scorpion/Scimitar: the lower weight would probably be an advantage. or another idea: how about a "super" USMC version with a Chaffee turret?
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Good idea. You could also use the aluminium turret from the Scorpion/Scimitar: the lower weight would probably be an advantage. or another idea: how about a "super" USMC version with a Chaffee turret?

I had that in mind too but did not want to overwhelm everyone with too much in one installment plus I had already hit the submit button by the time I had that inspirational moment.
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Maybe a British/Commonwealth version with a Cromwell 75mm turret,or 95mm howitzer turret from the Centaur?
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Some images from Henry Kubinsky showing various amphibious vehicles operated by 18 Company Royal Army Service Corps (AMPHIBIOUS), 18 (AMPH) Squadron Royal Corps Of Transport that some of you will find interesting. 

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(Image source: 18 COY RASC & 18 SQN RCT)

Yes, that is an LVTP-5 in British Army service that the gentleman is standing on.   

Another web page for 18 Company Royal Army Service Corps (AMPHIBIOUS)

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Something in the same vein, but from a bit further east:

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Pickled Wings, A Blog for Preserved Aircraft:
http://pickledwings.wordpress.com/

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Some images from Henry Kubinsky showing various amphibious vehicles operated by 18 Company Royal Army Service Corps (AMPHIBIOUS), 18 (AMPH) Squadron Royal Corps Of Transport that some of you will find interesting. 

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(Image source: 18 COY RASC & 18 SQN RCT)

Yes, that is an LVTP-5 in British Army service that the gentleman is standing on.   

Another web page for 18 Company Royal Army Service Corps (AMPHIBIOUS)


Very interesting indeed and something which would confound some JMNs.

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Of course, if you want ot know about amphibious vehicles, you should be visiting Hans Rosloot's awesome site:

http://www.amphibiousvehicle.net/frame.html
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