LVT(A)(1)

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General info

The LVT(A)(1) in the garage.

The LVT(A)(1) is an American reserve light tank with a battle rating of 1.0. It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows". Featuring a crew of six people with a 37 mm gun, it has a rather competitive armament for the size and battle rating. It is also the second amphibious ground vehicle to be added into the game.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The LVT is unique among the Rank 1 vehicles, given it's ability to float across deep water. It has extremely thin armour that can easily be penetrated by heavy machine guns. In some areas even a light machine gun can penetrate it. It mounts a lightened Stuart turret, giving you a decently fast firing 37mm cannon. Additionally, despite its rather large size (relative to it's peers) it is quite mobile due to its light weight, able to keep pace with the M3 Lee.

This tank has the capability to work as an early assault tank, not as fast as the Stuarts, BTs and other light tanks.

The big thing to keep in mind is that you are big. It makes you a large target but also makes it harder for enemies to take out all of your crew members.

At the same time, keep in mind that you are an easy target for aircraft, as your vehicle presents as very easy target for anything .50 cal and up.

Vehicle characteristics

The most unusual trait of this vehicle is it being amphibious, meaning that you can skip the bridges! that's quite a boon, as water blocks any shot (except torpedos I guess), and once fully in water, very little of your vehicle can be shot.

On the flip side, you are extremely slow in water. for everything except bombs, you are a sitting duck.

Tactics

Use your ability to sneak up waterways to work your way around enemy lines, and ambush when possible. if that's not a option, come at them head on, either taking their vehicle out or disabling it long enough to get around and finish it with a side shot. Once you do, do not take the waterways back as you are much faster on land.

Another tactic you can use against lightly armoured vehicles is to drive backwards towards the enemy. You will have the combined firepower of 3 MGs and your cannon increasing your chance of take out the enemy before they can take you out.

Specific enemies worth noting

The deadliest threats are HMG and autocannon mounted vehicles such as the Pz. II's, T-60, and AA guns. They can quickly chew through all of your crew.

Counter-tactics

Hit the turret and lower hull to knock out the gunner and/or driver then drive to the sides or back and machine gun the 2 crew members manning the machine guns..

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast and maneuverable on most terrain
  • 6 crew members
  • Fast-firing and accurate 37 mm gun
  • Crew members are spread out, less likely to get killed in one shot
  • Great gun depression at the side and front
  • Heavily armoured gun mantlet
  • 2 machine gunners that can fire at high angles, enabling anti air
  • Small engine makes it hard to hit
  • Reserve tank (no repair fees)
  • Amphibious (the first reserve floating tank)
  • Most of the interior is empty space meaning that most tanks will need a few shots to knock you out

Cons:

  • Huge (Shell magnet)
  • Barely any armour to speak about
  • Exposed lower glacis
  • Weak armour and huge size makes it vulnerable to artillery
  • High Profile
  • Unstable aim while moving
  • Bad suspension makes it unstable at humps
  • Very slow speed when traveling in water
  • Water rocks the tank when moving, making it unstable during and a while after movement in the water

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 37 mm Gun M6 (104 rounds)
3 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (9,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 37 mm Gun M6
  • Ammunition Capacity: 104 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.28°/s (Stock), 19.8°/s (Upgraded), 24.0°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), 26.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 28.2°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 3.77s (Stock), 3.33s (Full Crew), 3.07s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 2.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 37 mm Gun M6
  • Ammunition Capacity: 104 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), 20.4°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), 22.56°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 24°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 3.77s (Stock), 3.33s (Full Crew), 3.07s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 2.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 37 mm Gun M6
  • Ammunition Capacity: 104 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), 20.4°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), 22.56°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 24°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 3.77s (Stock), 3.33s (Full Crew), 3.07s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 2.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
M74B1 90 89 69 50 37 27 AP 883 0.87 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
M51B1/B2 79 78 69 59 51 43 APC 883 0.87 N/A N/A N/A +4° 48° 63° 71°
Ammo racks

Last updated: 1.77.1.40

Ammo racks of the LVT(A)(1).
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
104 92 (+12) 69 (+35) 46 (+58) 23 (+81) (+103) Turret empty: 92 (+12) No

Secondary armaments

1 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (coaxial)
2 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (rear-mounted (x2))

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver
  • Machine gunner 1
  • Machine gunner 2

Total: 6 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Machine gun shield)
Armour Front (Slope angle°) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 12.7 mm (31°) Front plate
6.35 mm (83-84°) Upper glacis
6.35 mm (41-81°) Lower glacis
6.35 mm (11-51°) Top
6.35 + 6.35 mm Bottom
6.35 mm (0-62°) 6.35 mm
Turret 12.7 mm (10°) Turret front
50.8 mm (1-81°) Gun mantlet
12.7 mm 12.7 mm 6 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Front hull has flat armour area where driver & co-driver sits.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 14.9 ton

Max Speed: 44 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 387 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 25.97 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 477 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 32.01 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 14.9 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 221 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 14.83 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 250 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.78 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 14.9 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 221 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 14.83 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 250 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.78 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks tank module.jpg Parts tank module.jpg Horizontaldrive tank module.jpg APCBC M51B1B2 tank module.jpg
II Suspension tank module.jpg Brakesystem tank module.jpg FPE tank module.jpg Adjustmentoffire tank module.jpg
III Filters tank module.jpg Crewreplenishment tank module.jpg Elevationmechanism tank module.jpg
IV Transmission tank module.jpg Engine tank module.jpg Artillerysupport tank module.jpg

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History of creation and combat usage

Development

The vehicle's origins is from a swamp-access vehicle called the Alligator made for civilians. Donald Roebling, its developer, built an improved version of his vehicle with better speed in water. The United States Marine Corps became interested in this amphibious design as they began drawing up their amphibious warfare doctrine. They requested a more sea-worthy version of the vehicle for use in their military operations. Though Roebling and the Navy were reclusive on that idea (the Navy believes they have the current vehicle in store already), the idea brought fruit when World War II broke out in Europe and Roebling created a military version. After a few trials with improvements like a stronger engine, the Bureau of Ships placed a contract for 100 of these vehicles with all-steel armour. The first ones arrive in July 1941, with 200 more ordered before the initial contract was finished. The vehicle design was adopted and designated the LVT, with many different variants of the vehicle being produced throughout the war.

Variants

The first version of the LVT, the LVT-1, could carry 18 men or 4,500 pounds of equipment. The Marines first used the LVT-1 in Guadalcanal with 128 available to 1st Marine Division. Usage in the field revealed that the LVT was too thinly armoured for a rapid deployment back and forth the ships and landing site, but the Marines saw the vehicle's potential as an assault vehicle. So in June 1941, the Marines push forward with a Roebling design of the LVT armed with a gun turret. In order for this to be possible, the LVT underwent a redesign into the LVT-2 "Buffalo", which had a new powertrain and suspension to allow better performances on land and able to carry up to 6,950 pounds in equipment. It was this design that the turret-equipped LVT's were created. The LVT-2's were armed with turrets from the Stuart series and M8 howitzer motor carriages. These two turret variants are designated LVT(A)-1 and LVT(A)-4 respectively. The (A) standing for armoured as the LVT was built with additional armour to withstand small arms fire. 510 of the LVT(A)-1 were created while 1,890 of the LVT(A)-4 were created.

Other variants of the LVT were produced featuring redesigns for its purpose of infantry fire support and cargo-bearing. Some of the significant ones was the LVT-4 in August 1943 that moved the engine forward and had a rear ramp door, which increased capacity from 18 soldiers to 30, making previous load-carrying LVT's obsolete. The LVT-4 was the most numerous of the LVT variants at 8,351 units.

Combat usage

The first usage of the LVT family is as a cargo carrier in Guadalcanal, it was unarmoured at te time and only had machine guns as their main armaments. Their next usage was in Tarawa, which saw the first usage of the newly designed LVT-2. The vehicles in both cases carried ammunition, troops, and wounded back and forth the ships and the beach. After Tarawa, the LVT inventory increased by the battalion, as well as the appearance of the gun-armed LVT(A)-1 and LVT(A)-4. The LVT family continued to see service in Bougainville, the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Peleliu, Leyte (its largest usage in the war), Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The LVT's also saw use in South East Asia in use by the British, but they never saw combat action.

Outside the Pacific, the LVT also saw use in the European Theater of Operations. Their first usage was in North Africa in November 1942 during Operation Torch to land troops, where its best usage was to get stranded landing boats back into action. The LVT's were also given to the British as part of Lend-Lease. The LVT's were used in the Normandy landings and other operations in Europe such as crossing the Rhine River in Germany and Po River in Italy.

After World War II, the LVT's continued to see action in the multiple conflicts in the world. A number were given to the Chinese Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War by America. Many of these were captured by the Chinese PLA, with some converted to use a 75 mm howitzer or a ZIS-2 anti-tank gun. The Americans used a number of LVT vehicles in the Korean War, notably the landing at Inchon and the attack on Seoul. The French also used American-supplied LVTs during the Indochina War and the Suez Crisis.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] LVT(A)-1

References


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Icon-country-usa.png LVT(A)(1)
Nation USA
Type Light tank
Rank Reserve
Battle Rating 1.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
14,900 kg
32,849 lb
Number of Crew 6
Hull armour thickness
12.7/6.35/6.35/6.35 mm
1.0/0.5/0.5/0.5 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
387 hp
221 hp
221 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
477 hp
250 hp
250 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
25.97
26.39
14.83
15.07
14.83
15.07
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
32.01
32.53
16.78
17.05
16.78
17.05
Max speed
44 km/h
27.5 mph
40 km/h
24.8 mph
40 km/h
24.8 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 37 mm M6 Cannon
Ammo stowage 104 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/25°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,000 rounds
Mount Coaxial
2 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 6,000 rounds
Mount Rear turrets
Vertical guidance -10°/40°
Horizontal guidance -60°/60°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 0 SL
Max repair cost*
0 SL
0 SL
0 SL
Free repair time (Stock) 0m
Free repair time (Upgraded) 0m
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