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.
Today in WW II: 28 Sep 1943 More than 9000 Japanese troops escape from Central Solomons to southern Bougainville in a well-organized evacuation effort [28 Sep-3 Oct].
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.
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.
D-7 Caterpillar Bulldozer
International Harvester TD-20 Tractor / Bulldozer
M-9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE)
Deployable Universal Combat Earthmover (DEUCE)
M-728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV) Based on M60 tank hull.