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Military Tractors

Military tractors are used for construction and as a prime mover for artillery and other heavy loads. They often fill in for other vehicles where their extreme maneuver capabilities and heavy towing capacity are indispensable. Tractors have even served as assault vehicles, moving against enemy positions, when nothing else was available. Some tractors used by the military are minimally adapted civilian models while others have been designed specifically for military missions.

Cletrac M-2 High Speed Tractor towing aircraft, Mitchel Field, Long Island, NY, April 1942
Cletrac M-2 High Speed Tractor towing aircraft, Mitchel Field, Long Island, NY, April 1942.

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.
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Chart of Military Tractors

In this chart of military tractors, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific tractor. See also Military Earthmovers.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
CA1 Clarkair Crawler CA1. Clarkair Crawler CA1
Case Tractors Case Military Tractors WW II Case military tractors, produced during World War II
MG-2 HST MG2 High Speed Tractor "Cletrac" MG2 High Speed Tractor Cletrac HST
M-2 HST M-2 High Speed Tractor "Cletrac" M-2 High Speed Tractor Cletrac HST
M-4 HST M-4 High Speed Tractor M-4 High Speed Tractor HST
M-5 HST M-5 High Speed Tractor M-5 High Speed Tractor HST
M-6 HST M-6 High Speed Tractor  
M-7 Snow M-7 Snow Tractor, Allis-Chalmers M-7 Snow Tractor, Allis-Chalmers

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