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This Military Vehicles section of Olive-Drab.com is an introduction to the MV world for those who are new to the field. If you are interested in military jeeps and trucks as a hobby, welcome to the beginning of an interesting, exciting, and entertaining new phase of your life. Even if you are just browsing, you will find a wealth of information on Olive-Drab.com along with an outstanding collection of photos. The slide show above is just a tiny sample of what you can find here.

Use this link to go directly to the popular Military Vehicle Charts, photos and descriptions of hundreds of types of military vehicles.

HMMWV, M151, and all M-Series Vehicles: Visit militaryjeep.com
Today in WW II: 23 Jul 1940 American Bantam and Willys-Overland submit the only two bids for the Quartermaster Corps light reconnaissance and command cars, the origin of the military jeep.  More 
23 Jul 1941 Original World War II contract for jeeps awarded to Willys with Ford added Nov 1941 to increase production.
23 Jul 1945 Submarine USS Barb [SS-220] destroys a Japanese locomotive and supply train at Patience Bay off the coast of Karafuto, Japan, the only known such attack by a submarine.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Guide to Military Vehicles as a Hobby

WAC in the driver's seat of Willys MB WW II Jeep
WAC in the driver's seat of Willys MB WW II Jeep.

Military vehicles are a key focus of Olive-Drab.com, one of the largest military vehicle resources on the Internet. You can find information, photos, and guides to everything you need to know. If this is your first visit, click for an Overview. Then proceed to the MV Quick Start for a list of the things to do right away. Follow up with Olive-Drab.com's Directory, a listing of hundreds of pages of information about specific military vehicles, government auctions, parts suppliers, and reference materials you will use over and over again.

You can visit the pages of this section (Buying & Owning Military Vehicles) to discover how to locate and purchase your vehicle, what government auctions are all about, and how to connect with the military vehicle community of clubs, organizations, publications, and Internet places. There is also extensive material on painting, wiring, marking as well as licensing, insurance, transportation and other common topics.

Military Vehicle Photos and Information

The other major military vehicle sections are Military Vehicle Charts where you can look up most historical and current vehicles (jeeps, trucks, tanks, helicopters, ambulances, and much more) and the deep sections of Military Vehicle Information where more extensive treatment of specific types of vehicles, historical facts, and much other information resides.

Be sure to read Wanna Buy a Truck?, an article about surplus Army vehicles written in 1946.


Find additional photos and hi-res versions of military vehicles of all kinds at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

As heavy shelling goes on around them, American Infantrymen seek shelter behind an M4 Sherman medium tank, Geich, Germany, 11 December 1944.
The 4.2-inch mortar is fired from the M84 armored mortar carrier, a variant of the M59 armored personnel carrier.
An M-1A1 Abrams main battle tank arrives on a Saudi transport truck during Operation Desert Shield.  The M-1A1 will replace the older M-1 tank on the front line.
Bantam BRC-60 prototype jeep in testing with 1st Armored Division, Ft. Knox, KY, 1941.  Some sources say this unit is the sixth jeep produced under the first Army contract.
A Marine artillery crew moves an M114 155 Howitzer carriage into a new firing position, Fort A.P. Hill, Bowling Green, VA, 11 April 1994.
US Army Cavalry unit M114 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) prepare for operations, 1973.  M113 APC in left background.

Using the Olive-Drab.com Directory for Military Vehicles

When you visit the Olive-Drab.com Directory, check the right hand column of the Directory titled "Buying & Owning Military Vehicles" -- its all there, all the sections and pages, just click on the one you want. Sections have many other pages that are not in the directory but can be reached via the main page of the section. To make it easy to navigate, the Olive-Drab.com Directory is linked from the top right and bottom right of every page of the Olive-Drab.com website. Or you can search using the search box at the top right of every page or, for more advanced options, use the Olive-Drab.com Search Page, which is also linked from top and bottom of every page of this website.

Loading jeeps for D-Day Operation Overlord, 6 June 1944
Rare color photo of general view of a port in England during build up for D-Day, 6 June 1944. In foreground, jeeps are being loaded onto LCTs. In background, larger trucks and DUKWs are being loaded onto LSTs.

Recommended Books About Military Vehicles

A number of good books have been published on the general topic of military vehicles, or U.S. vehicles specifically. Here are some recommended titles:

  • Military Vehicles
  • Standard Catalog of U.S. Military Vehicles
  • Modern U.S. Military Vehicles
  • TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

For good results, try entering this: jeep military OR army. Then click the Search button.

Find at Amazon:  Military Issue equipment, clothing, boots, MREs, MOLLE gear and much more.

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