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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.

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30 Jul 1945 USS Indianapolis [CA-35] torpedoed by Japanese submarine, sinks in 12 minutes killing 300 immediately, leaving 900 men in shark-infested waters without lifeboats; only 316 rescued 4 days later.
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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:

M1 155mm gun Long Tom, loaded on rail car for transport, along with its prime mover tractor, circa 1940.
An M1A1 Abrams tank with tank platoon, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires its main gun during a tank gunnery range exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, 11 March 2011.
Interior view of an M7 Priest 105mm Motor Gun Carriage as the crew fires the howitzer during training, south of the Arno River, August 1944.
A Marine guides the driver of an M-923A2 5-ton truck and its water trailer as he backs off the M.V. Villars at the port facility in Paldiski, Estonia, for Exercise Baltic Challenge 97, 10 July 1997.
M41 Walker Bulldog light tank with experimental turret, TARDEC Cold Temperature Propulsion Lab, Warren, MI, 1961.  This facility,  the second largest in the US. stood 21-feet-high and was 70 x 52 feet. Accommodating vehicles weighing up to 200 tons, the cool room could get as low as minus-90 degrees F.  This lab tested components of spacecraft for low-temperature performance prior to the first US mission into space by Alan Shepard in 1961.
A half-scale ultra heavy-lift amphibious connector (UHAC), an amphibious connector prototype created by Navatek Ltd. and the Office of Naval Research, departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Waimanalo, Hawaii, 11 July 2014. The Marine Corps Warfighting lab sponsored this UHAC demonstration during the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2014.

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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