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''If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.''-->
 
'''Armour type:'''
 
'''Armour type:'''
 
 
* Rolled homogeneous armour
 
* Rolled homogeneous armour
 
* Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Machine gun shield)
 
* Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Machine gun shield)
 
 
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'''Notes:'''
 
'''Notes:'''
 
 
* Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
 
* Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
 
* Front hull has flat armour area where driver & co-driver sits.
 
* Front hull has flat armour area where driver & co-driver sits.
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|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Mobility characteristic
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!colspan="3" | Mobility characteristic
 
|-
 
|-
 
! Weight (tons)
 
! Weight (tons)
! colspan="1" | Add-on Armor<br>weight (tons)
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!colspan="1" | Add-on Armor<br>weight (tons)
! colspan="1" | Max speed (km/h)
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!colspan="1" | Max speed (km/h)
 
|-
 
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| rowspan="2" | 14.9 || colspan="1" rowspan="2" | N/A || colspan="1" | 44 (AB)  
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|rowspan="2" | 14.9 || colspan="1" rowspan="2" | N/A || colspan="1" | 44 (AB)
 
|-
 
|-
 
|40 (RB/SB)
 
|40 (RB/SB)
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Engine power (horsepower)
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!colspan="3" | Engine power (horsepower)
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="1" | Mode
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!Stock
 
!Stock
 
!Upgraded
 
!Upgraded
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|250
 
|250
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
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!colspan="3" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="1" | Mode
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!Stock
 
!Stock
 
!Upgraded
 
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! 2000m
 
! 2000m
 
|-
 
|-
| M74B1 || AP || 90 || 89 || 69 || 50 || 37 || 27  
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| M74B1 || AP || 90 || 89 || 69 || 50 || 37 || 27
 
|-
 
|-
| M51B1/B2 || APC || 79 || 78 || 69 || 59 || 51 || 43
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| M51B1/B2 || APC || 79 || 78 || 69 || 59 || 51 || 43
 
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|-
 
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! 100%
 
! 100%
 
|-
 
|-
| M74B1 ||883 || 0.87 || N/A || N/A || N/A || -1° || 47° || 60° || 65°
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| M74B1 ||883 || 0.87 || N/A || N/A || N/A || -1° || 47° || 60° || 65°
 
|-
 
|-
| M51B1/B2 || 883 || 0.87 || N/A || N/A || N/A || +4° || 48° || 63° || 71°
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| M51B1/B2 || 883 || 0.87 || N/A || N/A || N/A || +4° || 48° || 63° || 71°
 
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! class="wikitable unsortable" |Visual<br /> discrepancy
 
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|| '''104''' || 92&nbsp;''(+12)'' || 69&nbsp;''(+35)'' || 46&nbsp;''(+58)'' || 23&nbsp;''(+81)'' || 1&nbsp;''(+103)'' || style="text-align:left" | No  
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Another tactic that can be done against lightly armoured vehicles is to drive backwards towards the enemy. The combined firepower of 3 machine guns and the cannon increases the chance of take out the enemy before they can take out the LVT(A)(1).
 
Another tactic that can be done against lightly armoured vehicles is to drive backwards towards the enemy. The combined firepower of 3 machine guns and the cannon increases the chance of take out the enemy before they can take out the LVT(A)(1).
  
The big thing to keep in mind is that the LVT(A)(1) is big. It is a large target that is hard to hide, but the spacious interior makes it harder for enemies to take out all of the crew members.  
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The big thing to keep in mind is that the LVT(A)(1) is big. It is a large target that is hard to hide, but the spacious interior makes it harder for enemies to take out all of the crew members.
  
 
At the same time, keep in mind that the LVT(A)(1) is an easy target for aircraft, as the vehicle presents as very easy target for anything .50 cal and up.
 
At the same time, keep in mind that the LVT(A)(1) is an easy target for aircraft, as the vehicle presents as very easy target for anything .50 cal and up.
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
 
* Very fast and maneuverable on most terrain.
 
* Very fast and maneuverable on most terrain.
 
* 6 crew members.
 
* 6 crew members.
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* Reserve tank (no repair fees).
 
* Reserve tank (no repair fees).
 
* Amphibious (the first reserve floating tank).
 
* Amphibious (the first reserve floating tank).
* Most of the interior is empty space meaning that most tanks will need a few shots to knock out this tank.  
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* Most of the interior is empty space meaning that most tanks will need a few shots to knock out this tank.
 
 
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
 
 
* Huge (Shell magnet).
 
* Huge (Shell magnet).
 
* Barely any armour to speak about.
 
* Barely any armour to speak about.
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===Development===
 
===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 armor. The contract to build the first 200 LVTs was awarded to the Food Machinery Corporation (FMC), a manufacturer of insecticide spray pumps and other farm equipment, which built some parts for the Alligators. The initial 200 LVTs were built at FMC's Dunedin, Florida factory, where most of the improvement work had been done as well. The first production LVT rolled out of the plant in July, 1941. Later, wartime LVT production was expanded by FMC and the Navy to four factories, including the initial facility in Dunedin; the new facilities were located in Lakeland, Florida, Riverside, California, and San Jose, California.The vehicle design was adopted and designated the '''LVT''', with many different variants of the vehicle being produced throughout the war.
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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===
 
===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 [[M3A1_Stuart|Stuart series]] and [[M8_Scott|M8 howitzer motor carriages]]. These two turret variants are designated ''[[LVT(A)(1)|LVT(A)-1]]'' and ''[[LVT(A)(4)_ZIS-2|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.
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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 [[M3A1_Stuart|Stuart series]] and [[M8_Scott|M8 howitzer motor carriages]]. These two turret variants are designated ''[[LVT(A)(1)|LVT(A)-1]]'' and ''[[LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2 (USA)|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.
 
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===
 
===Combat usage===
The first usage of the LVT family is as a cargo carrier in Guadalcanal, it was unarmoured at the 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.  
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The first usage of the LVT family is as a cargo carrier in Guadalcanal, it was unarmoured at the 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.
 
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.
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* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
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''ETC.''-->
 
''ETC.''-->
[http://warthunder.com/en/news/3755-development-lvt-a-1-en/ [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> LVT(A)-1]<br />
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[http://warthunder.com/en/news/3755-development-lvt-a-1-en/ [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> LVT(A)-1]<br/>
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''other literature.''
 
* ''other literature.''
  
 
{{USA light tanks}}
 
{{USA light tanks}}

Revision as of 10:19, 18 December 2019

LVT(A)(1)
us_lvt_a_1.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.0/1.0/1.0BR
6 peopleCrew
133 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
12 / 6 / 6Hull
50 / 32 / 32Turret
Mobility
14.9 tWeight
477 hp250 hpEngine power
32 hp/t17 hp/tSurface density
44 km/h forward
5 km/h back
39 km/h forward
4 km/h back
Speed
Armament
37 mm M6 cannonMain weapon
104 roundsAmmunition
2.9 / 3.7 sReload
-10° / 25°Vertical guidance
verticalStabilizer
3 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
6 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
freeResearch
freePurchase
freeRepair
Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
10 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png10 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage LVT(A)(1).jpg


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 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 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.

General info

Survivability and 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.

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 the crew.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
14.9 N/A 44 (AB)
40 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 387 477
Realistic/Simulator 221 250
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 25.97 32.01
Realistic/Simulator 14.83 16.78

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M6 (37 mm)
37 mm M6
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
104 -10°/+25° ±180°
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 14.28 19.80 24.0 26.60 28.20
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.4 22.60 24.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
3.77 3.33 3.07 2.90
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M74B1 AP 90 89 69 50 37 27
M51B1/B2 APC 79 78 69 59 51 43
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
M74B1 883 0.87 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
M51B1/B2 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
Visual
discrepancy
104 92 (+12) 69 (+35) 46 (+58) 23 (+81) (+103) No

Machine guns

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm M1919A4
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
3,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A
Rear mount(#1)
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
3,000 (250) 500 -10°/+40° ±60°
Rear mount (#2)
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
3,000 (250) 500 -10°/+40° ±60°

Usage in the battles

Use the LVT(A)(1)'s ability to sneak up waterways to work around the enemy lines, and ambush when possible. If that is 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 done, do not take the waterways back as the LVT(A)(1) is much faster on land.

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

Another tactic that can be done against lightly armoured vehicles is to drive backwards towards the enemy. The combined firepower of 3 machine guns and the cannon increases the chance of take out the enemy before they can take out the LVT(A)(1).

The big thing to keep in mind is that the LVT(A)(1) is big. It is a large target that is hard to hide, but the spacious interior makes it harder for enemies to take out all of the crew members.

At the same time, keep in mind that the LVT(A)(1) is an easy target for aircraft, as the vehicle presents as very easy target for anything .50 cal and up.

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 knocked out 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 out this tank.

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.

History

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 the 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.

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

[Devblog] LVT(A)-1

Sources

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


USA light tanks
  LVT(A)(1) · M8 · M22 · M24 · M24 (TL) · T18E2
M2  M2A2 · M2A4 · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.)
Stuart  M3 Stuart · M3A1 Stuart · M3A1 (USMC) · M5A1 · M5A1 (5th arm.div.)
Post-war  M41A1 · T92 · M551 · M3 Bradley