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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: 1 Nov 1942 First LORAN-A navigation system placed in operation with four stations between the Chesapeake Capes and Nova Scotia.  More 
1 Nov 1943 US Marines land at Empress Augusta Bay, on west coast of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands [Operation Goodtime].
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:

Donald Rollette, a retired Reserve Marine, stands beside his favorite collectable, an authentic World War II Marine Corps jeep, in front of his house in Baltimore, MD, 16 October 2012. Rollette has been collecting military items since he was 10 years old, eventually creating a personal museum in his basement. He takes the vehicle to many car shows and military displays where he won countless prizes for its authenticity. Just like all the pieces in his museum, it is an original vehicle with original parts.
Enhanced M113 Rapid Entry Vehicle (EM113A2 REV), Spiral 2, is a modified M113A2 Armored Personnel Carrier with bulldozer variant, which is lightly armored, full tracked and air transportable.  Photo circa 2006.  The purpose of the EM113A2 REV vehicle is to provide rapid-entry, non-lethal crowd-control and rescue-squad insertion capability into the center of detainee compounds during riots or for civil unrest. Innovative features of the REV include six Modular Crowd Control Munitions that can spray non-lethal rubber pellets into a crowd, a larger periscope for greater visibility, windows and Bradley firing ports modified for shotguns that fire non-lethal bullets.  The Spiral 2 version adds a bulldozer blade which provides the capability to breach crowd-constructed barricades.  The Spiral 2 also has a Bradley-style ventilation system that allows warfighters to fire the mounted shotguns within the vehicle with the hatches closed without worrying about a build up of fumes.
Captain Nelson inspecting a quarter-ton jeep with a permanent metal frame for carrying three litter patients somewhere in Australia, October 1942.  The jeep is an early Willys MB with the slat grill.
M5 High Speed Tractor, used as prime mover for towed artillery.
Personnel load an M561 1 1/4 ton Gama Goat from a K-Loader onto a C-130E Hercules, Little Rock AFB, AR, October 1984
Mountains of supplies rise on the beaches of Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands from landing craft operated by the Coast Guard. A U.S. Navy International TD-9 Diesel with a bulldozer blade pulls supplies down the ramp from a Coast Guard-manned landing craft.

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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