World's WORST Military Vehicles




 
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January 15th, 2004  
Gunner13
 
 

Topic: World's WORST Military Vehicles


Dedicated to vehicles that just didn't work out or work right.

US entries:

M561 Gamma Goat. 6 wheels, 3 articulated sections and a zillion headaches. Even though it was a poor amphibious vehicle (it wasn't very watertight and spun the wheels for propulsion/steering) the compartments for the Driver/Co-Driver and engine always had a nasty little lake of water, oil and scum in the bottom, which lead to electrical problems galore.

M59 APC. The US Army's answer to the Wooly Mammoth, but without the wool. High sided, mechanically complex, slow and impossible to hide. The exits for the infantrymen in the back were 2 armored doors barely big enough to pass one soldier at a time thru each.

M73 APC. Close cousin to the M59 and better only in that it had a hydraulic ramp instead of the doors. Cost more that the M113 did 10 years later and was still too big to hide.

M3 Grant/Lee Tank. Tall, flat-sided two-gunned tank with riveted armor that was too thin to stand up to anything much. The rivets tended to fly around the inside of the tank when it was hit and kill or injure the crew even if the shot didn't penetrate the armor. Had an underpowered 37mm cannon in the top turret that could only penetrate thinly armored opponents and a short-barreled 75mm in the lower sponson that was good mostly for High Explosives only. Nearly impossible to hide, or miss, in the desert or other open country.
January 15th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Aww, dang, too bad I missed those, huh? They sound like fun.
January 15th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 

Topic: id


Put the
M113 on that list....thin armour,penetrated by anytihng....I know someone who was in one when they had a remotly operated charge explode on them....That M113 had extra passive armor, and sand bags put on it...still the explosion melted the side of this thin APC...id rather be on foot.
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January 15th, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
T-54 Tank. Just a crapy design thats too obsolete to be featured on today's battlefield, which fortunatly for the US, it still is in the Middle East.
January 15th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 

Topic: I disagree


The T54 was at its time a good tank.it was cheep, had thick armor, a large main gun(100mm), good top-speed. It dose have a few problems.
And i agree that it has no place on todays battelfields. but when it was desined in the late 1940', it was greate.
January 15th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Hands down worst vehicle ever was da Vinci's tank. Geez, a tank the size of a village powered by horse teams, what an idiot. One of our Abrams could drive right through it. Genius my hind end.

January 16th, 2004  
diplomatic_means
 
lol redneck I'm thinking the worst military vehicle would have to be the Trojan Horse. I can't even imagine how hot and cramped it would have been in there.
January 16th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
But it worked perfectly. It went off without a hitch, so it could arguably be the best military vehicle ever. 100% success rate.
January 21st, 2004  
Lieutenant
 
Military motorbike, with its side-carrage.

Those things are fast but lightly armoured (obviously) and can't carry heavy weapons because of the stabability of the bike. Good for recon & backtracking but poor for battle
January 27th, 2004  
Gunner13
 
 
Hey Sherman105: What do you mean add the M113 to the list? It's one of the most successful APC ever. Solid, flexible and reliable design with loads of capacity. It is not the designer’s fault that people keep trying to use it for things it wasn't intended for (i.e. urban combat). In situations like that, you're better off dismounting or, like you said, converting an obsolete tank chassis to APC.

Other vehicles to add:

British Matilda I - Well armored, but slow, underpowered, mechanically fragile and under gunned - only 1 machine gun and no way to up-gun (ooh that describes a lot of Brit WWII tanks, doesn't it???)!

M520 GOER - Big old amphibious cargo truck with no suspension (it used is oversized tires to take the bumps). Liable to bounce excessively (and possibly flip) if driven too fast without a full load on board. Replaced in a hurry in the mid 80s by the HEMTT (my unit in Germany had 5 tons in lieu of GOERs and we considered ourselves lucky!)