Reproduction Military Manuals

Original military manuals inevitably become scarce, as time passes for older vehicles, but fortunately there are many sources for reproduction manuals or electronic copies so you can get most anything in one form or another. Downloads from the Internet can be an instant source, sometimes even without cost. High quality printed reproductions can be hard to tell from an original if you like paper.

Page 1-1 from Change 1, TM 9-2320-280-10, General Operators Manual for the HMMWV
Page 1-1 from Change 1, TM 9-2320-280-10, General Operators Manual for the HMMWV.

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Sources of Reproduction Military Vehicle Manuals

Your first stop on any hunt for reproduction manuals is Portrayal Press. This company has made it a mission to source and reproduce the manuals for just about everything, certainly every vehicle including tanks and other hulks not normally found in collector's hands. For the popular vehicles, like all jeeps and light duty trucks, they have everything. Run, do not walk, to get their catalog:

Portrayal Press

Portrayal books are high-quality reprints, and are highly recommended. They have a few original manuals as well.

Many manuals are now available in digital form on CD instead of the original paper document. This is far more efficient as a form of distribution and any manual you want in paper form can be printed out. The U.S. military has changed over to digital documentation and manuals are available on-line to all military consumers. Some of the on-line libraries are available to the public as noted on the Original Military Vehicle Manuals page. If you know the number of the manual you want, try a Google search in the box at the page bottom. With luck you may find its available for free download.

Military book dealers have developed large libraries of electronic format manuals and make them available on CDs at reasonable prices. This is an excellent source of reference material although you may still want a printed manual for display with your vehicle. Here are some of the leading companies for you to check out. Each has large numbers of manuals and CDs:

More Military Manuals and Information

Some long-time participants in the MV Internet community have specific products available that you may be interested in. You can find mroe like this by participating in the MV Discussion Groups and Forums on the Internet.

Eugene Pantano has CDs for sale with all the tech manuals for the CUCV M-1009 family (Chevrolet pick/up and Blazer) on one CD. And also for the M-998 HMMWV, all the TMs on one CD. Why have a big stack of TMs, when you can print out only what you need? Save your good TMs in a nice clean place. snoshu@market1.com.

Buzz offers a CD containing TM 11-227 (10 April 1944), the "Signal Communications Equipment Directory", a 120 page manual that describes WW II military radio communications equipment. Each page has a picture, a written description and technical information for one item including some that show radio setups in jeeps, command cars, and half tracks. Buzz also has wiring diagrams for MB/GPW, M-38/M-38A1, and M-37 trucks. He can be reached by e-mail at buzz@lanset.com.

Alex Blair of Ottawa, Canada offers many manuals for Canadian and American military vehicles. These are high quality reproductions. His list emphasizes parts lists, maintenance manuals, and related documents.

A good source of printed information is Military/Info Publishing. They specialize in reprinting military technology, especially of the lost, forgotten and mislaid variety. They will have an original or reprint of almost anything you need.

Integrated Publishing (tpub.com) has many military manuals available on-line for free download. In general, if you are looking for a specific manual, try entering the number into Google or another search engine. Many current publications are posted online in PDF format and can be downloaded.

Amazon.com carries many military books and videos, new and used. Amazon has many military manuals and official titles, in addition to commercial books, plus CD versions and downloadable ebooks.

Some examples of military manuals listed on Amazon.com:

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: manuals military or army. Then click the Search button.