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The Vehicles Behind D-Day – 75th Anniversary

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, or better known as D-day. This day is one of the most important in human history, for a few reasons. First and foremost D-Day was the largest naval invasion in history. And second, it was the point where the tide of the World War II turned in the Allies’ favour.

To commemorate this monumental day we here at GTN are going to list a few of the most important vehicles that turned the tide of the war…

 

  • Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel
    • United States
    • Used to transport soldiers or light vehicles from warships to the beach
    • A marine landing craft

  • M3 Half-Track
    • United states
    • Used for transporting soldiers across the beach and into occupied Europe
    • The back tracked half was extremely useful in muddy and sandy conditions

  • Kangaroo APC ( Armored Personal Carrier)
    • Great Britain and Canada
    • One of the first armoured personal carriers ever
    • Intended to keep soldiers safe while crossing the battlefield without the help of tanks

  • Jeep Willys MB
    • The Swiss army knife for the allied forces
    • United States
    • Could be used as an Ambulance, Command car, or Troop Transport
    • 650,000 were built

  • BSA M20 Motorcycle
    • British Made
    • Nimble scout vehicle
    • 126,000 Built

  • GMC DUKW 353 Amphibian
    • American Made
    • Used for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore transport
    • Could also be driven onto the beach
    • Capacity of 25 soldiers or 2,400 kg

If there are any other vehicles you think we missed let us know. Also, let us know how you will be remembering those who fought for the sake of others. Their sacrifice helped shape the world we know today.

Written by James Smith

Im a huge car enthusiast, Ive been watching Top Gear with Clarkson, Hammond and May since 2007. I currently live in Minnesota with my Fiancee and Family. I enjoy riding my Kawasaki Z800 and hiking around state parks.

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  1. Add the Bren Carrier of course, which according to a famous movie, can be started with a good bump from a cane.

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