Military Vehicle Quick Start

This Military Vehicle Quick Start page lists the key things you can do right away to get into the world of Military Vehicles. In addition to studying the extensive material on, if you want to find out the 'who, what, when, where, and how' of MVs, this is how you do it.

Pfc. Jason Jenkins, from Provisional Reconstruction Team Farah, International Security Assistance Force, mans M2 Machine Gun atop his HMMWV during a mission to Kinesk in Farah Province, Afghanistan, 24 August 2005
Pfc. Jason Jenkins, from Provisional Reconstruction Team Farah, International Security Assistance Force, mans M2 Machine Gun atop his HMMWV during a mission to Kinesk in Farah Province, Afghanistan, 24 August 2005.

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.
Visit the World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Getting Started with Military Vehicles

This list lays out the seven things you should do right away to get off to a good start with military vehicles:

1. Join the MVPA. The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is the leading world-wide organization serving the interests of people involved with military vehicles for any reason. At their web site you will find many valuable resources. They also have a magazine Army Motors and newsletter Supply Line. I have been a member since 1976 and I strongly urge you to join up now and support them! MVPA Logo
2. Subscribe to Military Vehicles Magazine. Between this magazine and the publications you get as an MVPA member, you have the major bases covered. This is a "must have". [Another excellent choice, especially if you are based in Europe, is Military Machines International -- see the page on magazines.]

MV Magazine Logo
Logo of Military Vehicles Magazine

3. Join a Military Vehicle Internet mailing list or forum. This is the quickest and best way to find out what is going on and to establish contact with experienced people who can help you get started. Mailbox
4. Go to MVPA local chapter meetings as well as regional and national events. Click on this picture of a regional MVPA convention in Massachusetts to go to a list of events maintained on the Military Vehicles magazine web site. Check the MVPA web site (Upcoming Events section) and the magazines for more. Especially in the summer, there is something going on all the time. Sign up and go! MVPA Event
5. Get a Portrayal Press catalog. This publisher is the leading provider of military publications including originals and reprints of hundreds of manuals related to military vehicles. Portrayal Press
6. Investigate the sources for direct sales by the U.S. Government. Full details on the page on Government Auctions. M-35A2 For Sale
7. Check out Military Vehicle Dealers in the Supplier Database and the advertisers who appear on the site pages. Photo: Courtesy White Owl Parts Co. Inc. White Owl Parts Co. Inc.

Through the Internet forums or mailing lists, MVPA chapters and events you can meet people who own and/or have worked on vehicles which match your interests. That is how you get the unbiased advice you need, from people who have no financial interest in selling you the vehicle, parts, or service. There are many good-hearted men and women who have been in this hobby for a long time and who can and will tell you what you need to know based on hands-on experience. Study the technical materials in the manuals and magazines, then with a little effort and an open mind on your part, these contacts will put you on very solid ground very rapidly.

Be sure to read Wanna Buy a Truck? on the linked page.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of military vehicles of all types at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

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

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