The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


High speed tractor, Reconnaissance vehicles, Armored vehicle

A wide variety of armored vehicles were used to perform the reconnaissance mission. These included armored cars, half-tracks, and light tanks. One experimental program attempted to develop a full-tracked armored vehicle specifically for reconnaissance duties. This development was required by a letter from the Headquarters, Army Ground Forces dated 21 December 1943. U.S. Army

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Armored personnel carriers, Universal carriers

A total of 13,893 T16 series universal carriers were built by the Ford Motor Company ending in July 1945. An additional 5714 universal carriers were procured from War Supplies, Ltd. bringing the total to 19,607 vehicles. A total of 19,193 carriers were distributed under the Lend-Lease program with 19,079 going to Britain and 96 to the Soviet Union. None were issued to the U.S. Army.

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Self-propelled artillery

During World War II, armored personnel carriers appeared under a variety of names. These included tractors, cargo carriers, and armored utility vehicles. When used to tow an artillery piece, they were referred to as prime movers. The armored half-track was standardized during this period as the carrier for infantry in the armored divisions of the U.S. Army.

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German Kubelwagen, American Jeep

The German Kubelwagen did not compare well with the better-known American wartime Jeep. Its four-cylinder gasoline air-cooled engine was low in power and performance. Instead of having four-wheel drive, as found on the American Jeep, the Kubelwagen had only two-wheel drive. With a very low center of gravity, the low-slung German vehicle also proved unable to travel over extremely rough or rocky terrain, something in which the American Jeep performed very well. German Tanks

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German vehicle Sd.Kfz 234

Combat experience gained during the invasions of Poland and France identified several important performance deficiencies in German eight-wheeled armored cars. In response, an eight-wheel improvement program based on a new set of requirements began in August of 1940. The outcome was the slightly larger and heavier eight-wheeled armored car series designated Sd.Kfz 234 (8-Rad). The new versions were 19 feet 9 inches long, 7 feet 9 inches wide, and 6 feet 10 inches high. German Tanks

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