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Military Vehicles July/August 2021

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.

United States
Active Interest Media
7 Issues

in this issue

5 min
news and views

COME TO OUR VIRTUAL MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW! While its a big disappointment that so many shows have cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been looking for ways to show off reader’s historic military vehicles. One such effort is our “Virtual All World Military Vehicle Show” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/654912515280897/). So far, we have about 65 “entrants” who have posted photos of their vehicles. People can “vote” on their favorites by “liking” the photos. We are still gathering prizes for the winners, but right, now, we are just inviting folks to show off their rides and enjoy viewing all of the entrants. To enter, vote, or just enjoy looking around “the show,” log onto Facebook and type “All-World Military Vehicles Show” in the search bar. That will get you “to the…

4 min
the jag file

MASKS AT SHOWS. THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS. “Kids,” my Dad said from behind the checkout counter of our grocery store back around 1972, “Didn’t you see the sign on the door?” He was pointing to a nicely printed sign taped right above the push handle that declared, “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Dutifully, the three would-be entrants turned around and put on tee-shirts before entering the store. No harm, no foul. No kick-back or tantrums about “infringed upon rights.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but “no shirt no shoes” was never a Federal law or even a state governor’s mandate. A cursory look into the history of these signs points to a conservative kick-back at “hippie culture” of the late 1960s and 1970s. Store owners started posting the signs as…

7 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: Military@aimmedia.com. STRAIGHT-FENDER M151A2s Last April, Douglas H Suzukovich called and raised an interesting question about “flat edged-fenders” on Ford M151A2s. It took some explaining, but I finally understood what he was describing. Take a look at two M151A2s in the illustration. The one on the left as an inverted “V” in the front edge of the fenders. Some Ford-built M151A2s have a flat edge on the front of the fender…

1 min
1965 fordf-100 pickup

Besides jeeps, Ford built a lot of administrative vehicles or “TMPs” for the armed services in the 1960s such as sedans, carryalls, pickup trucks, and small S&Ps. The example shown here is a 1965 Ford F-100 1/2 ton pickup truck built for the United States Navy in Ford’s Norfolk, Virginia, plant in June, 1965. It has the brand new-for-1965 240hp inline six-cylinder engine. It is equipped with Ford’s new twin I-beam front suspension that replaced the traditional beam axle and leaf springs used through 1964. The rest of the driveline consists of a 3-speed column mounted shift transmission and a 3:70 ratio rear axle. Options include 2-speed wipers, “economy” heater, 4-way flashers, and a windshield washer. All branches of service fielded vehicles similar except for the color. Ford assigned the domestic special…

8 min
before you roll, load ‘em right

I was paging through an old magazine the other day when I came upon an article which I’m sure will be of interest to any old Vet, most of all readers of Military Vehicles Magazine, and certainly anybody who has or is interested in the old work horse of WWII: the Jeep. The magazine was the October 1944, issue of the Infantry Journal.” All of the articles, mostly written by officers, were there to give the reader good advice on “How to clean out a Hedgerow,” “Getting full value from a Browning Automatic Rifle,” “How to hide your Machine Gun”, and other advice that could certainly be of value to a GI’s wellbeing. The article that caught my eye was written by a Lieutenant H. James Fagan and was called “Load ‘em…

8 min
a tale of two cannons

With apologies to Charles Dickens, our story seems to fit: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” Actually, it was sometime in 2007 and both authors were working as Department of the Army civilians in the Combined Arms Support Command (USACASCOM) at Fort Lee, Virginia. Tim Williams was working as the Deputy of the CASCOM Sustainment Battle Lab and Al Barnes was the Division Chief for the Automated Systems Documentation and Architecture Division. We had served together for quite a while in the Virginia National Guard (VANG) in the 1990s. Barnes had retired from the Guard after 30 years of active duty and Guard service in 2004. Williams was still serving and now…