By Alfred Dunlop Bailey
This thesis is anxious with the Marine Corps’ activities within the discovery and improvement of the Land motor vehicle Tracted (LVT) via international battle II, and makes a speciality of its use within the Solomon Islands and the critical Pacific. A concluding half bargains with post-war improvement and the way forward for the car.
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43 Weights: The LVT(l) weighed 17,500 pounds empty with maximum gross weight of 22,000 pounds (full of fuel, fully loaded, with full crew). Cargo capacity was 4,500 pounds. Dimensions: The Alligator was 21 feet long, 9 feet 10 inches wide, 7 feet 8 inches high, and had a ground clearance of 19 inches. 44 As the Marines entered World War II with this vehicle, much potential could be seen, yet the specific tasks for its use were to be developed from the lessons of battle. Such lessons were not long in coming.
36 It was shipped to Quantico during the first week in November for tests and on the day of its arrival at the Equipment Board, a call was received indicating that the Commandant was going to personally Inspect the vehicle. He arrived two days later with an unexpected party of high ranking Army and Navy officers to observe the tests. 37 This test won acceptance by the Navy, but they had modifications In mind. The test models during this time had been constructed of aluminum and Marine observers were convinced that this would not withstand hard military use.
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Alligators, Buffaloes, and Bushmasters: The history of the development of the LVT through World War II (Occasional paper History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps) by Alfred Dunlop Bailey