Military Earthmovers

Military tractors and bulldozers are used for construction and for towing heavy loads. They often fill in for other vehicles where their extreme maneuver capabilities and heavy towing capacity are indispensable. Bulldozers have even served as assault vehicles, moving against enemy positions with a dozer blade, when nothing else was available. Some of the tractors/bulldozers used by the military are minimally adapted civilian models while others have been designed specifically for military missions.

Other earthmovers, such as graders and scrapers, are typically civilian models with only minor modifications for use by military engineers. See also Cranes.

Soldiers wearing gas masks work with a bulldozer to install a culvert, World War II, 1942
Soldiers wearing gas masks work with a bulldozer to install a culvert, World War II, 1942.

Today in WW II: 27 Sep 1939 Siege of Warsaw ends with surrender of Polish forces to Germany, although pockets of resistance remain throughout Poland.  More 
27 Sep 1940 Germany, Italy and Japan sign Tripartite Pact.
27 Sep 1941 SS Patrick Henry, the first Liberty Ship, launched by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, MD.
27 Sep 1943 Airfields near Foggia, on the east coast of Italy, captured by British, giving Allied air power the base to hit targets in France, Germany and the Balkans.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Chart of Military Earthmovers

In this chart of military earthmovers, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific truck. See also Military Tractors.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
WW II Tractors/
Bulldozers
Tractors and bulldozers, large and small, were used all over the globe for a wide variety of tasks during WW II. WW II Tractors / Bulldozers
D-7 D-7 Caterpillar Bulldozer D-7 Caterpillar Bulldozer
TD-20 International Harvester TD-20 Tractor / Bulldozer International Harvester TD-20 Tractor / Bulldozer
M-9 ACE M-9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE) M-9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE)
DEUCE Deployable Universal Combat Earthmover (DEUCE) Deployable Universal Combat Earthmover (DEUCE)
M-728 M-728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV)
Based on M60 tank hull.
M-728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV)
290M Clark 290M Tractor, Wheeled, Diesel Engine Driven Clark 290M Tractor, Wheeled, Diesel Engine Driven

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