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Military Medium Cargo Trucks

Cargo trucks with capacity in the range 2 1/2 tons to about 7 tons have been the main transport vehicle for the U.S. military since World War II, used in large numbers. While air and sea transport are vitally important, and heavy trucks carry bulk loads best, the final means of logistical capability for men, weapons, supplies, equipment and materials is often the medium truck.

A column of M35 2 1/2-ton cargo trucks loaded with Marines pauses during a combined arms exercise, June 1987.
A column of M35 2 1/2-ton cargo trucks loaded with Marines pauses during a combined arms exercise, June 1987.

More information on U.S. 2 1/2 ton and 5 ton trucks is found on the linked page.

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Today in WW II: 24 Apr 1945 Retreating German troops in Italy destroy all the bridges over the Adige in Verona, including the historical Ponte di Castelvecchio and Ponte Pietra.   

Military Medium Cargo Trucks

In this chart of military medium cargo trucks, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific truck.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
  WW II and Earlier  
3-Ton GMC GMC 3-ton cargo trucks from early WW II GMC 3-ton cargo trucks from early WW II
Diamond T
968
Diamond T Model 968 Truck, Cargo, 4 ton, 6x6 (G509) Diamond T Model 968 Truck, Cargo, 4 ton, 6x6 (G509)
5-Ton IH International 5-ton, K-series cargo trucks from early WW II International 5-ton, K-series cargo trucks from early WW II
5-Ton Mack Mack 5-ton cargo trucks from early WW II Mack 5-ton cargo trucks from early WW II
U-5044-T Autocar U-5044-T Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-635) Autocar U-5044-T Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-635)
U-7144-T Autocar U-7144-T Tractor, 4-ton, 4x4 (G-510) Autocar U-8144-T Ponton Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-510)
U-8144-T Autocar U-8144-T Ponton Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-511) Autocar U-8144-T Ponton Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-511)
M425
M426
Truck, 5-Ton, 4x2, Tractor M-425 and M-426 (G-671) Truck, 5-Ton, 4x2, Tractor M-425 and M-426 (G-671)
94x43 Federal 94x43 Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-513) Federal 94x43 Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-513)
NJU-1 Mack NJU-1 Ponton Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-639) Mack NJU-1 Ponton Tractor, 5-ton, 4x4 (G-639)
AFKX GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 GMC Model AFKX, 4x4
AFWX-354 GMC Model AFWX-354 Truck, 3-Ton, 6x4 GMC Model AFWX-354 Truck, 3-Ton, 6x4
  WW II 2 1/2 Ton Trucks  
AFKWX-353 GMC Model AFKWX-353 Truck, 2 1/2-Ton, 6x6 (G508) GMC Model AFKWX-353 Truck, 2 1/2-Ton, 6x6 (G508)
CCKW Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 "Deuce and a-half" or "Deuce" CCKW Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 Deuce and a-half or Deuce
US-6 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 "Deuce and a-half" or "Deuce" US-6 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 Deuce and a-half or Deuce
M-5H-6 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 "Deuce and a-half" or "Deuce" M-5H-6 IH Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 Deuce and a-half or Deuce
  M-135 Series 2 1/2 Ton Trucks  
M-135 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 "Deuce and a-half" or "Deuce" (G-749) M-135 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 Deuce and a-half or Deuce (G-749)
M-211 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC "Deuce and a-half" or "Deuce" M211 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 Deuce and a-half or Deuce
M-215 Truck, Dump, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC M-215 Truck, Dump, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC
M-217 Truck, Gasoline Tank, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC M-217 Truck, Gasoline Tank, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC
M-220 Truck, Shop Van, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC M-220 Truck, Shop Van, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC
M-221 Truck, Tractor, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC M-221 Truck, Tractor, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC
M-222 Truck, Water Tank, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC M-222 Truck, Water Tank, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 GMC
  M-35 (M44) Series 2 1/2 Ton Trucks  
M-35 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 "Deuce and a-half" or "Deuce" M-35 Truck, Cargo, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 Deuce and a-half or Deuce
M-49 Truck, Tank, 6x6, Fuel Servicing M-49 Truck, Tank, 6x6, Fuel Servicing M-49
M-50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal. M-50 Truck, Tank, 2 1/2-ton, 6x6, Water, 1000 gal. M-50
M-109 Truck, Van, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 (Shop Van)
Built by Kaiser Jeep, AM General and others.
Gas and multi-fuel engines.
M-109 Truck, Van, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 (Shop Van)
M-764 Truck, Maintenance, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6, M764 Truck, Maintenance, 2 1/2 ton, 6x6, M764
  FMTV 2 1/2 Ton Trucks  
FMTV Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV)
Many 2.5 ton and 5 ton variants described on the linked page and subpages.
Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) M1078
  M39 Series 5 Ton Trucks  
M-51 Truck, Dump, 5 ton, 6x6 M-51 Truck, Dump, 5 ton, 6x6
M-52 Truck, Tractor, 5 ton, 6x6 M-52 Truck, Tractor, 5 ton, 6x6
M-54 Truck, Cargo, 5 ton 6x6 M-54 Truck, Cargo, 5 ton 6x6
M-55 Truck, Cargo, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB), 5 ton 6x6 M-55 Truck, Cargo, Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB), 5 ton 6x6
M289
M386
M39-series Honest John Missile Launcher Truck, 5 Ton, 6x6 M39 M289 M386 Honest John Missile Launcher Truck, 5 Ton, 6x6
M748 Truck, Bolster (or Logging), 5 Ton, 6x6 M-748 Truck, Bolster (or Logging), 5 Ton, 6x6
  M809 Series 5 Ton Trucks  
M-809 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton 6x6 M-809 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton 6x6
M-810 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton 6x6 M-810 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton 6x6
M-811 Truck, Chassis, 5-ton, 6x6 XLWB M-811 Truck, Chassis, 5-ton, 6x6 XLWB
M-812 Truck, Chassis, 5-ton, 6x6 M-812 Truck, Chassis, 5-ton, 6x6
M-813 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6 LWB M-813 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6 LWB
M-814 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6 XLWB M-814 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6 XLWB
M-815 Truck, Bolster, 5 Ton, 6x6 M-815 Truck, Bolster, 5 Ton, 6x6
M-817 Truck, Dump, 5 ton, 6x6 M-817 Truck, Dump, 5 ton, 6x6
M-818 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton M-818 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton
M-820 Truck, Van, 5 Ton 6x6, Expansible M-820 Truck, Van, 5 Ton 6x6, Expansible
  M939 Series 5 Ton Trucks  
M-923 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6 M-923 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6
M-925 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6 M-925 Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, 6x6
M-927 Truck, Cargo: 5-ton, 6x6 XLWB M-927 Truck, Cargo: 5-ton, 6x6 XLWB
M-929 Truck, Dump: 5-ton, 6x6 M-929 Truck, Dump: 5-ton, 6x6
M-931 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton, 6x6 M-931 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton, 6x6
M-934 Truck, Van, Expansible: 5-ton, 6x6, XLWB M-934 Truck, Van, Expansible: 5-ton, 6x6, XLWB
M-944 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton, 6x6 M-944 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton, 6x6
M-945 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton, 6x6 M945
Bridge Section Transporter and launch vehicle M945A1
Generator truck, Electrical Power Plant III M945A2
M-945 Truck, Chassis, 5 Ton, 6x6
  FMTV 5 Ton Trucks  
FMTV Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV)
Many 2.5 ton and 5 ton variants described on the linked page and subpages.
M-1078 FMTV Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
  Other Medium Trucks  
M-878 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton, 4x2, Yard Type M-878 Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton, 4x2, Yard Type
M-548 Carrier, Cargo, Full-Tracked, 6 Ton M-548 Carrier, Cargo, Full-Tracked, 6 Ton
MTVR Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR)

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