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M88 Hercules Heavy Equipment Recovery Vehicle

The M88 Hercules (Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System) is a full-tracked, armored vehicle that was the Army's primary heavy equipment recovery, combat utility lift, and evacuation system beginning in the Vietnam era. The M-88A1 was introduced to the Army and the Marine Corps in 1977. The M88A2 Hercules uses the M88A1 chassis but significantly improves towing, winching, lifting, and braking characteristics. The Hercules is the primary recovery support for the Abrams tank fleet, the heavy Assault Bridge, and heavy self-propelled artillery.

USMC M88 Recovery Vehicle lifting a Honeywell AGT 1500 gas turbine engine into an M1A1 Abrams tank, Camp Coyote, Kuwait, 8 February 2003. The Marines are from 1st Tank Battalion, Twentynine Palms, CA
USMC M88 Recovery Vehicle lifting a Honeywell AGT 1500 gas turbine engine into an M1A1 Abrams tank, Camp Coyote, Kuwait, 8 February 2003. The Marines are from 1st Tank Battalion, Twentynine Palms, CA.

The M88 Hercules is equipped with a 70-ton main winch, 35-ton hoist boom, and a 1,050 horsepower engine.

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An M88 Hercules Tank Recovery Vehicle drives down Torrance Blvd. during the Armed Forces Days Parade, Torrance, CA, 19 May 2012.
M88A1 Hercules Heavy Equipment Recovery Vehicle, date and location unknown.
M88 Hercules Heavy Equipment Recovery Vehicle lifting damaged M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), Vietnam, January 1971.
The crew of an M-88A1 Hercules armored recovery vehicle of Headquarters and Supply (H&S) Co., 3rd Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, recovers a B Co. M-60A1 main battle tank that fell off a trailer during Operation Desert Shield, 23 September 1990.
An M-88 Hercules Armored Recovery Vehicle (center) pulls an M-577 command post vehicle (right -- M113 variant), across a shallow river bed during the South Korea/US Exercise Team Spirit 84, 21 Mar 1984.  The lead vehicle appears to be a 2-1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck.
2nd Squadron, 11th Cavalry Regiment, 155th Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, M88A2 HERCULES (Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System) on the main road at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 25 October 2005.

M-88 Hercules Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Medium Photo Gallery

4th Infantry Division M88 Recovery Track
4th Infantry Division M88 Recovery Track.

M88 loads damaged M113 APC in Vietnam, January 1971
M88 loads damaged M113 APC in Vietnam, January 1971.

M88A1 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Medium
M88A1 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Medium.

M88A2 Recovery Vehicle
M88A2 Recovery Vehicle.

M88A2 Hercules on transporter, I-20 East, Ft. Worth, TX 10 September 2007
M88A2 Hercules on transporter, I-20 East, Ft. Worth, TX 10 September 2007. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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