LVT 4 Alligator from 1942

The Amphibious Vehicle, Tracked (LVT) is an amphibious warfare vehicle and amphibious landing craft, introduced by the United States Navy and United Stated Marine Corps. (The USN and USMC use “L” to designate Amphibious vessels, also called “L class.”) The United States Army, Canadian Army and British Army used several LVT models during World War II, and referred to those vehicles as “Landing Vehicle, Tracked.”

Originally intended solely as cargo carriers for ship to shore operations, they evolved into assault troop and fire support vehicles. The types were known as amphtrack, “amtrak”, “amtrac”, etc. (portmanteaus of “amphibious tractor”), and “alligator” or “gator.”

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