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Military Vehicles June 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

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7 min
news and views

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH MILITARY VEHICLES? Did you know that you can sign up for a free weekly enewsletter put out by the staff of Military Vehicles Magazine? The “Militar-E-News” is filled with current news about military vehicles, military collectibles, up-to-date and last-minute show and auction announcements, and even some classic MVM articles. It comes out once a week, usually on Friday, and is free of charge. Simply log onto www.MilitaryVehiclesMagazine.comand scroll down to the camouflage bar to sign up for the free enewsletter. MAN HX2s FOR SWEDEN The Swedish Armed Forces awarded German Defense Contractor Rheinmetall a contract for vehicles to transport Patriot missile systems. Under the contract, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles will supply 40 high-mobility trucks including 16 tractor trucks and 24 transport vehicles. Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of…

5 min
the jag file

A LOUISIANA MIRACLE Most military history enthusiasts don’t need to be told that it will be the 71st anniversary of the invasion of Northern Europe on June 6. For generations after that historic day in 1944, it has been known as “D-Day.” Stories of sacrifice, heroism, and compassion abound. Of all who contributed to breaking Hitler’s “Atlantic Wall,” one, who made the landings possible, is sometimes referred to as the “American Noah.” TRANSPORT VEHICLES & TROOPS Before WWII, Louisiana entrepreneur Andrew Jackson Higgins designed and produced small shallow-draft boats to operate the shallow marsh areas common to in the lower Mississippi River bottoms. These small, fast boats were called “Eureka Boats” or “Spoonbills.” One of the keys to the boat’s success was that the propeller was partially enclosed in a tunnel to protect…

6 min
2020 mvpa convention cancelled

FROM THE MVPA PRESIDENT: As every one knows the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is upon us worldwide. Your Board of Directors recently met to discuss how this virus is impacting our upcoming 2020 International Convention, slated for May 14-17 in Findlay, Ohio. Ohio’s Governor, along with many other Federal and State Leaders and Nations, have taken precautionary measures of cancelling events and gatherings over certain numbers to minimize the growth and spreading of this potentially fatal virus. As you know, many of our members are over the age of 50 and are susceptible to contracting this virus which can be easily spread in a Convention setting from either direct or indirect contact of an infected individual(s). The Board therefore unanimously decided to cancel this year’s Findlay Convention in keeping with local and Federal Governments directions,…

4 min

Military Vehicles Magazine welcomes correspondence from readers. Letters and e-mail must include a name and regular mail return address. Published letters reflect the opinions of the writers. Military Vehicles Magazine reserves the right to edit all letters for clarity, brevity, and other purposes. Address all correspondence to: Editor, Military Vehicles Magazine, 5225 Joerns Drive, Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54481, or e-mail to: jadams-graf@aimmedia.com HISTORY IN THE STARS Please tell me about the single white star and the invasion star that was on US Army vehicles during WWll. I have a 1942 Ford GPW and a M100 trailer that I am restoring to look like the rig my father drove onto the beach of Tunisia in November 1942. Should it have the single white star or the invasion star to look period…

24 min
dukw tales part one

There is something about amphibious vehicles that captures the imagination. There has never been an amphibian as fascinating as the GMC DUKW. Though I have owned, driven, and worked on hundreds of military vehicles, there’s something about a DUKW waddling up through the surf line with its propeller thrashing the water astern while its front wheels claw for a grip on land, that makes it about the ultimate rush for a historic military vehicle (HMV) experience — especially if I’m in the driver’s seat, pulling and pushing what seems to be a hundred levers and controls! As with flying an airplane, landing is usually the busiest part. When “landing” a DUKW one comes to appreciate the saying that any landing you can walk away from was a good one. Maybe an…

1 min
year of general motors

Military Vehicles Magazine named 2020 the “Year of Military General Motors.” We invite you to share photos and stories of your General Motors military vehicle, whether a Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, Pontiac, GMC, or other GM subsidiary. Collector Paul Rea responded with a few of his, along with a few vehicles owned by some of his friends.…