Today in WW II: 18 May 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy, ends with German evacuation of the site and occupation by Allied troops.
M1093 or M1093A1 5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD or LAPES/AD
The M1093 or M1093A1 5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD or LAPES/AD is a member of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), providing tactical unit mobility and logistics for the U.S. Army and the other military services.
This version of the 5 ton FMTV is designed to carry troops or cargo after being airdropped from C130 aircraft using the LVAD or LAPES/AD delivery systems:
LVAD = Low Velocity Air Drop
LAPES/AD = Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System/Air Drop
Delivery in this way does not require a landing strip.
The M1093 or M1093A1 have drop sides on the cargo body as well as optional troop seats, top bows and canvas cover.