Military Vehicle Info Resources
The Internet is a wonderful source of information about military vehicles, with more being added all the time. You can use the pages of Olive-Drab.com outlined on the Directory, the websites suggested on those pages, or search engines such as Google (see below). The excellent sites listed on this page are a good place to start.
Colonel H.J. Lawes, Holabird post commander,
with Ford GP prototype jeep, 1942.
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Military Vehicle Information Resources
Photo of an M-29 Weasel taken from a World War II poster. Original caption: "This is the winter version of the Weasel, a new and amazingly versatile carrier that is equally at home in snow, mud and water. The Army needs these vehicles to carry troops, supplies, weapons and casualties over terrain impassable to wheeled conveyances. Your bond and stamp purchases will help buy them at $4,815 each delivered to the fighting fronts."
Army Recognition, a web site with photos and descriptions of world-wide military equipment including wheeled and tracked vehicles, helicopters, weapons and much more.
US Land Warfare
Systems are covered in detail on this site created by the Federation of
American Scientists. Detailed descriptions, with photos, are provided for
hundreds of trucks, armor, and artilliery types in the US inventory.
Roberts Armory is a traveling museum
that specializes in the acquisition and display of light armored vehicles
and artillery used by the U.S. Army in World War II. Their web site is an
excellent photo gallery of their vehicles.
Military Rails has an excellent
index of photos, mostly of current inventory US military vehicles but with
some vintage models thrown in.
The 1st Cavalry
Division Museum at Ft. Hood, Texas has an index of military vehicles on
their web site. Their photos are from the museum static outdoor displays and
cover US and captured enemy vehicles, some of which are not on Olive-Drab.
For jeep identification, here is an extensive
chart of all models, including low-production models or prototypes which
are little known.
An excellent site in German is Infoseite für
Militärfahrzeugsammler -- lots of photos and technical information
of most US vehicles.
Heavy Metal Armor website has a host of information about armored vehicles
and restoring them.
The G503 WW II jeep web site has a wiki format section of their site with a huge collection of inforamation about jeeps and other military vehicles.
"Army Vehicle Identification Numbers" from Portrayal
Press has a complete list of "G" numbers that uniquely identify each U.S. vehicle (like G-503 for the World War II jeep).
The Road Transport Fleet Data Society of
the UK has started a project to collect data which can help future historians
and preservationist, with military vehicles other forms of transport. Serial
numbers, registrations, photographs, trade items and more are being organized
on their website.
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: military vehicles. Then click the Search button.