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Vietnam War Vehicles and Other Battlefield Systems (1955-1975)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 10/1/2014

Despite the advantage of technology, the United States suffered defeat in the unconventional war that was Vietnam.

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There are a total of 46 Vietnam War Vehicles (1956-1975) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1940
Thumbnail picture of the 20mm Oerlikon

1939
BM-8 / BM-13 / BM-31 (Katyusha)
The Soviet Army became something of experts in the use of battlefield rockets during World War 2. The BM-13 series (more popu...
Thumbnail picture of the BM-8 / BM-13 / BM-31 (Katyusha)

1950
BTR-40 (Bronetransporter)
The Red Army learned much about mobility in its response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War 2. As su...
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-40 (Bronetransporter)

1960
BTR-60
The armored 8x8 wheeled BTR-60 of 1960 was developed as a direct replacement for the 6x6 wheeled BTR-152 series Armored Perso...
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1963
Cadillac Gage Commando (M706 / G-392)
The Cadillac Gage "Commando" (V-100 / G-392) was first adopted by the United States Army in the 1960s for the light armored 4...
Thumbnail picture of the Cadillac Gage Commando (M706 / G-392)

1945
Centurion (A41)
Though requested as early as 1943 and entering production in January of 1945, the British Centurion Main Battle Tank arrived ...
Thumbnail picture of the Centurion (A41)

1941
Ford GP / GPW (Government Pygmy)
In 1939, the United States Army invited some 135 to 165 manufacturing companies to submit design proposals within a 75-day t...
Thumbnail picture of the Ford GP / GPW (Government Pygmy)

1943
GAZ-67
All of the Allied powers of World War 2 enjoyed success with the American-designed Bantam/Willys "JEEP" - a 4x4, multi-role u...
Thumbnail picture of the GAZ-67

1956
LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel)
Since the early days of naval warfare, the amphibious assault has remained a complicated, expensive yet ultimately important ...
Thumbnail picture of the LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel)

1962
M107 SPA
Developed alongside the storied M110 Self-Propelled Howitzer was the M107. Both vehicles utilized the same five road-wheeled ...
Thumbnail picture of the M107 SPA

1952
M108 SPG
The Cold War period following World War 2 saw tremendous growth in the field of tracked armored vehicles - numerous designs a...
Thumbnail picture of the M108 SPG

1963
M109 SPA
The155mm-armed M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) was developed concurrently with the 105mm-armed M108 SPH. Both shared the ...
Thumbnail picture of the M109 SPA

1962
M110 SPA
By the end of the Korea War (1950-1953), the American Army was in need of modernization to replace many of its weapon systems...
Thumbnail picture of the M110 SPA

1960
M113 APC
The American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier became one of the most successful Cold War vehicles in the world with operators n...
Thumbnail picture of the M113 APC

1962
M114 CRV
The M114 Command and Reconnaissance Carrier followed the ubiquitous M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) series into operatio...
Thumbnail picture of the M114 CRV

1969
M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS)
The M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) mated the firepower of the United States Air Force's standard aerial cannon - the M...
Thumbnail picture of the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS)

1944
M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stu...
Thumbnail picture of the M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)

1940
M3 Scout Car (White Scout Car)
Numerically, the White Scout Car (designated as the "G-067" and "M3A1" in U.S. Army nomenclature) was a resounding wartime su...
Thumbnail picture of the M3 Scout Car (White Scout Car)

1951
M35 / G742 (Deuce and a Half)
The "Duce and a Half" has a valued logistical history doing what it did best - moving men and material from Point A to Point ...
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1951
M41 Walker Bulldog
The M41 was designed and developed as the direct successor to the World War 2-era M24 Chaffee light tank. The M24 served a va...
Thumbnail picture of the M41 Walker Bulldog

1952
M42 (Duster)
The United States went to war in Korea in 1950 following the invasion of the democratic South by the communist-backed North, ...
Thumbnail picture of the M42 (Duster)

1952
M48 Patton
The M48 Patton appeared in 1952 and was produced in over 11,000 examples during her tenure. She went on to form the backbone ...
Thumbnail picture of the M48 Patton

1955
M50 Ontos (Thing)
One of the most unique of the fighting vehicles to emerge from the Vietnam War-era (1955-1975) was the M50 "Ontos". Its name ...
Thumbnail picture of the M50 Ontos (Thing)

1952
M53 SPH
The M53 Self-Propelled Assault Gun was developed via automotive components taken from existing M46 and M47 Patton medium tank...
Thumbnail picture of the M53 SPH

1952
M55 SPH
The M55 Self-Propelled Howitzer was a short-lived American development emerging out of the 1950s. The vehicle was designed ar...
Thumbnail picture of the M55 SPH

1968
M551 Sheridan
The M551 General Sheridan (or simply "Sheridan") was a light-armored and heavily-armed portable tank system utilized by the U...
Thumbnail picture of the M551 Sheridan

1953
M56 Scorpion
The M56 "Scorpion" SPAT ("Self-Propelled, Anti-Tank") vehicle was an air-transportable, fully-tracked, self-propelled anti-ta...
Thumbnail picture of the M56 Scorpion

1969
M561 (Gamma Goat)
Observing the active French Army involvement in Southeast Asia, the US military began to research a new logistically-minded c...
Thumbnail picture of the M561 (Gamma Goat)

1962
M578 LARV
Utility-minded vehicles seldom receive the attention they rightfully deserve in the context of battlefield success for their ...
Thumbnail picture of the M578 LARV

1953
M59 APC
The M59 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) was developed to a US Army specification to replace the preceding short-lived M75 APC...
Thumbnail picture of the M59 APC

1960
M60 (Patton)
The M60 "Patton" Main Battle Tank began development in 1957 to counter rumors that the Soviets were working on a new main bat...
Thumbnail picture of the M60 (Patton)

1942
M8 Scott (Howitzer Motor Carriage M8)
For expediency and logistical sake during World War 2, the Americans took the chassis and hull of their M5 "Stuart" Light Tan...
Thumbnail picture of the M8 Scott (Howitzer Motor Carriage M8)

1961
M88 Hercules
The M88 Hercules series began in the 1960s and had since run through three major conversions. The Hercules is designed as an ...
Thumbnail picture of the M88 Hercules

1947
Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG (UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat)
German infrastructure went through a critical rebuilding phase following World War 2. While its arms producing sectors were h...
Thumbnail picture of the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG (UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat)

1952
PT-76
The PT-76 was developed shortly after Second World War. The weapon system is designated as a "Light Amphibious Tank" featurin...
Thumbnail picture of the PT-76

1957
SA-2 (Guideline) / S-75 Dvina
The original SA-2 Guideline design was engineered to track down and destroy the less-maneuverable high-altitude American bomb...
Thumbnail picture of the SA-2 (Guideline) / S-75 Dvina

1943
T-34/85
The T-34/85 was essentially categorized as an "up-gunned" version of the successful base T-34 medium tank designed and built ...
Thumbnail picture of the T-34/85

1949
T-54
The T-54 series of Soviet main battle tank came about in the search for a viable replacement for the war-winning T-34 Medium ...
Thumbnail picture of the T-54

1958
T-55
The T-55 was a further improved version of the T-54 Main Battle Tank series of 1949 intended to counter the new American M60 ...
Thumbnail picture of the T-55

1917
Technical Truck
The "Technical" is a generic name given to make-shift military vehicles crudely developed on the chassis of existing 4x4 all-...
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1959
Type 59
The NORINCO-produced Type 59 was actually based on the purchase and subsequent local licensed production of the Soviet T-54 m...
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1963
Type 62
Yet another in the long line of NORINCO designs inspired by Soviet-era purchases, the Type 62 (classified as a "light tank") ...
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1941
Willys MB (Jeep)
Perhaps no other vehicle of the US Army war effort concerning World War 2 was as iconic as the wartime "Jeep" (save perhaps t...
Thumbnail picture of the Willys MB (Jeep)

1965
ZSU-23-4 (Shilka)
The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" system has been - and in many examples continues to be - a much-feared anti-aircraft system for pilots ...
Thumbnail picture of the ZSU-23-4 (Shilka)