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World War 2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Beyond the combat tank, the Infantry Fighting Vehicle was another crucial armored development of World War 2.





There are a total of (21) World War 2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing also includes "Infantry Tanks" which were related to a British/French concept appearing prior to World War 2. While they did not carry infantry into battle as a true IFV might, they were designed to provide close support for them.




1935
Carro Armato L3 (Series)
The L3 series of tankettes primarily served the Italian Army in the years leading up to World War 2.... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato L3 (Series)

1940
Carro Armato P40 (Carro Pesante P40)
The Carro Armato P40 (more formally Carro Pesante P26/40 for "Heavy Tank P40") was one of the more i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato P40 (Carro Pesante P40)

1940
Half-Track Car M2
The United States Army learned by experience in World War 1 that trying to move men and machine thro... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Half-Track Car M2

1943
Half-Track Car M9
The half-track military vehicle achieved considerable stardom during World War 2 (1939-1945) though ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Half-Track Car M9

1939
Hotchkiss H39
The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in mo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hotchkiss H39

1945
Infantry Tank Churchill (A43) Black Prince
The Black Prince Infantry Tank was the ultimate evolution of the storied Churchill Infantry Tank of ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Churchill (A43) Black Prince

1938
Infantry Tank Mk I Matilda (A11)
The first production "tank" (then known as a "landship") was born in the UK during World War 1. In t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Mk I Matilda (A11)

1937
Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda (A12)
No other tank in the British Army inventory was as important as the Matilda II during the early year... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda (A12)

1940
Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine
Considered one of the more successful British tank designs of the early war years, the Valentine ser... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine

1941
Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)
The Churchill served the British Army and allied forces as the most important of its type during Wor... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)

1941
Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-2 / LVT-4) (Alligator / Water Buffalo)
The LVT ("Landing Vehicle Tracked") began a long line of amphibious tracked American military vehicl... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-2 / LVT-4) (Alligator / Water Buffalo)

1943
M22 Locust
After witnessing the successes of the German airborne divisions to take over most of Western Europe ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M22 Locust

1941
M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)

1942
M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)
The M5 "Stuart" (also "General Stuart") was an extension of the original M3 Stuart Light Tank line o... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)

1940
Marmon-Herrington (South African Reconnaissance Vehicle)
The Marmon-Herrington Armored Car became a rare South African industry contribution to the Allied ca... [Read More]
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1931
Renault Char D1
The Renault Char D1 served the French Army for a time leading up to World War 2. Her origins and use... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Renault Char D1

1936
Renault R35 (Char leger Modele 1935 R)
The Renault R35 was a French light tank development of the pre-World War 2 period and followed gener... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Renault R35 (Char leger Modele 1935 R)

1936
SOMUA S35
In 1934, the French Army issued a new requirement for a cavalry tank in an attempt to modernized its... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SOMUA S35

1931
T-26
As was the norm after World War 1 in all industrialized nations around the globe, Soviet warplanners... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-26

1919
Tank Mark VIII (International / Liberty)
The Mark VIII "International Tank" (also "Liberty" when powered by the American Liberty engine) woul... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mark VIII (International / Liberty)

1938
Vickers Mk VII (A17) (Tetrarch)
With the worsening situation in Europe during the late 1930s, it behooved the British to prepare for... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Mk VII (A17) (Tetrarch)