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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 (22) 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    The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in mo...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)

    1933
    Landsverk L-Series
    The Landsverk L-series of armored cars originated in Sweden during the early-1930s and managed an op... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Landsverk L-Series

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the Marmon-Herrington (South African Reconnaissance Vehicle)

    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

    1935
    Steyr ADGZ (M35 Mittlere Panzerwagen)
    Design work on a new local armored car for the Austrian Army began in 1934 and resulted in the "M35 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Steyr ADGZ (M35 Mittlere Panzerwagen)

    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

    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)