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Military Vehicles Spring 2020

Get the only magazine dedicated to the preservation, restoration, study, and use of historic military vehicles. Military Vehicles covers vintage military photos, collecting advice, market information, show listings, and extensive display and classified advertising sections offering to buy and sell hundreds of vehicles, parts, and accessories from dealers and enthusiasts all over the world. Other regular features include book and media reviews, letters to the editor, tech topics, weapons & replicas, models & toys, and internet sightings.

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United States
Active Interest Media
7 Issues

in this issue

6 min
news and reviews

OSHKOSH TRUCKS FOR ISRAEL Oshkosh Defense recently won a $159.2 million Foreign Military Sales to Israel for production of Israel modified variant of family of medium tactical vehicles, including initial parts provisioning and training support. In 2017, Israel’s Ministry of Defense purchased the first six trucks to ensure the firm’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) meets Israeli requirements. The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles stands alone as the get-things-done resource for military operations, according to Oshkosh. Crew-protecting armor and advanced technologies work in concert to provide the capability, versatility, mobility and protection to move troops and supplies, recover vehicles and weapon systems or haul equipment wherever the mission requires. Oshkosh Defense will perform work until October 17, 2024. BAHRAIN’S NEW APC The Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) unveiled the Faisal Armored Personnel Carrier…

2 min
the jag file

ALL YOU NEED AT ONE WEB SITE Finally, we have a web site for collectors made by collectors. The most important feature? You can search by vehicle type. When our parent company, Active Interest Media, informed me that I should revamp our web site, I guess I might have been just a little less than enthusiastic. It’s a good thing, though, that members on my team could sense my trepidation and encourage me to imagine a web site that I would like to visit. And with that, we began to create a site that VEHICLE ENTHUSIASTS would find useful — not one that fit a corporate template. After several weeks, we now have a site that is much more collector friendly, in my opinion. LOOK NO FURTHER Looking for a show? The live link to all…

7 min
the alvis stalwart

The British Alvis Stalwart 6x6 “Stally” or “Stolly” originated as a civilian venture, the first prototype appearing in 1959. Alvis was no stranger to 6x6 design, having already produced the Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, the Salamander and the Saladin Armoured Car. The British War Office (now the Ministry of Defence) was considering the FV431 Armored Load Carrier (based on the FV432 APC, only one prototype made), but accepted the first Stalwart prototype in 1960. The Alvis design won out, and the War Office took delivery of 125 Mk 1 Stalwarts in 1963. The Stalwart functioned as an HMLC (High Mobility Load Carrier). CONCEPT AND DESIGN During the Cold War, it was assumed that attacking Russian forces invading Britain would destroy bridges. Therefore, amphibious vehicles seemed the ideal solution to keep supply lines running. At…

1 min
the alvis 6x6 lineage

Alvis Saracen: An armored personnel carrier, sometimes fitted with a small turret armed with a Browning machine gun. Additionally, a Bren gun could attach to a special anti-aircraft weapons mount. Other Saracen armament included smoke grenade launchers. The Saracen went into production in 1952. Alvis Salamander: An airfield crash-tender founded on a streamlined Saladin chassis. The Salamander could generate foam from 2500-7500 gallons per minute, depending on the monitor fitted. Production of this vehicle began in 1956. Alvis Saladin: A turreted armored car with a 76mm gun. Other armament included two .30 caliber machine guns and smoke grenade launchers. The Saladin entered service in 1958.…

1 min
an early alvis

In the early 1930s, Hungarian engineer Nicholas Straussler began developing armored cars. After several designs and prototypes, the Straussler Mark IIID, better known as the AC3D, was manufactured by Alvis-Straussler, Ltd. This was a turreted, 4x4, four-ton vehicle powered by a 6-cylinder Alvis engine. The AC3D had both turret- and hull-mounted Vickers machine guns, as well as an extra complement of driving controls situated in the rear. The Dutch East Indies Army took delivery of 12 AC3Ds in 1938, and the Portuguese Army received three that year. Alvis-Straussler also produced the AC3D Type A, a variation with a modified hull and without the bow machine gun. Twelve of these models were delivered to the RAF in 1939. Some of them continued to serve in the Middle East after 1940.…

1 min
the british army of the rhine

The British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) was an occupational force in Germany which went through two main phases. Established shortly after the First World War to put into effect the occupation of the Rhineland, this stage of the BAOR remained in place until 1929. The BAOR’s second phase formally began at the end of WWII. During this period, the BAOR evolved from an occupation army into a nuclear-armed force defending West Germany from Soviet attack. In the wake of the Soviet collapse in 1992, BAOR redundancy loomed. However, the force was supplanted by the British Forces Germany in 1994, which continues to this day.…