Today in WW II: 14 Oct 1939 German U-Boat U-47 sinks the British battleship HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow in Orkney, Scotland, with loss of 833 sailors. More 
14 Oct 1943 Schweinfurt Raid, Black Thursday: US 8th Air Force sends more than 250 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers to destroy ball-bearing factories.
14 Oct 1944 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel commits suicide rather than face execution for his involvement in the 20 July plot against Adolf Hitler.
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US Marine Corps Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel–5

The USMC Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel–5 -- LVT(P)5 or LVTP-5 -- began production in 1952, the replacement for the World War II Marine Corps LVT(1), LVT(2) and LVT(4) vehicles. The LVTP-5 was 356 inches long, 140.5 inches wide, and 103 inches high. It could travel up to 30 mph on land and 6.8 mph in water, powered by a Continental LV-1790-1 704 hp, 12 cyl engine.

The bow ramp of the LVTP-5 could be lowered for loading of personnel or cargo. Up to 34 troops could be carried on land or 25 in water operations.

The LVTP-5 engine air intake and exhaust were improved, adding a large housing on the rear roof above the engine. Vehicles with these changes are designated LVTP-5A1.

LVTP-5 with the 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, the first convoy to enter Beirut in July 1958
LVTP-5 with the 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, the first convoy to enter Beirut in July 1958.

LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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