Trailers for Military Vehicles
Trailers are regularly fitted to military vehicles to increase cargo capacity or for hauling specialized equipment or weapons.
Each military truck, including jeeps, HMMWVs and other light vehicles, will have one or more trailers that are designated for use with it. Military trailers typically have the same wheel and tire size, load height, and track as the specified towing vehicle to maximize performance under all conditions and to simplify logistics.
MB-T or T3 jeep trailer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. First Army, near Frauwullesheim, Germany, after crossing the Roer River, 28 February 1945. Available in large format, B&W at this link.
Today in WW II: 21 Jan 1942 Rommel's second offensive drives the British 8th Army back almost 300 miles, halting on 4 Feb between Gazala and Bir Hacheim, 30 miles west of Tobruk, Libya.
Military Vehicle Trailers
Standard lunette and pintle hook (right) join an MTVR to a generator trailer.
Nearly all tactical vehicles (wheeled and tracked) are equipped with a standard towing pintle and trailer electrical cable receptacle. Trailers, in turn, are equipped with a standard lunette ring and inter-vehicle cable that mate with the towing vehicle. Compatible electrical voltage is also made available for trailer lights and any other requirements. Although the matched trailer is preferred, almost any trailer within a weight class and with matching voltage can be connected and pulled by any towing vehicle due to the standardization of connectors. In addition, some trailers required a towing vehicle that provided an air supply for brakes or other purpose.
Charts of Trailers for Military Vehicles
Many of the most important US military trailers are described in this section, generally starting with the World War II era. Clink on the link in this outline to go to the page with the specific chart for the type of trailer you are looking for. There you will find links to individual pages for each vehicle.
There is some ambiguity and overlap in the use of the terms trailer and semitrailer. In the Olive-Drab.com charts of military trailers and semitrailers, the term trailer is used to describe a small trailer with one or two axles in the rear, for example a jeep trailer. Trailer also describes a larger vehicle with two or more axles, front and rear, so its entire weight is borne by its own wheels. The term semitrailer refers to a vehicle that has rear axles but no front axle assembly such that at least part of its weight is borne by the towing vehicle. A jeep trailer is thus technically a semitrailer, but the term is not used for such light trailers.
A few trailers have an integrated dolly at the front (e.g. Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9) so they are both a semitrailer (not considering the dolly) or a trailer when the dolly is taken as part of the unit.
Chassis models are trailers or semitrailers that have the frame, axles, suspension, electrical etc. but do not have a body. The chassis model may be the base for a series of complete-body models, such as the M126 Chassis, Semitrailer that is the base for the M127 flatbed/stake body, the M128 / M129 van semitrailers. Or the chassis may be used to build specialized units (e.g. quartermaster, engineering or signal equipment) that require a sturdy trailer chassis for mobility.