Amphibious military vehicles are most important in beach landing operations, to ferry troops and cargo from larger vessels to the shore. During World War II the DUKW as heavily employed in Europe and the Pacific for the many over the beach operations. At the same time, the USMC developed the concept of the armored amphibious tractor, the LVT or AMTRAC.
USMC LVTP-7 used as a field mobile command center, Operation CAX 1-2-82, Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA, November 1981.
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Chart of Amphibious Military Vehicles
In this chart of amphibious military vehicles, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific vehicle.
BTR-50 Amphibious Armoured Personnel Carrier (Russian) made in many
variants by the Soviet bloc countries. This unit has been identified as
a Czech-built OT-62A. Thanks to Jim Webster for the
identification. Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Greville