March 7, 2017

Armored Combat in Vietnam by Donn A. Starry

By Donn A. Starry

ISBN 0672526735. writer: Bobbs-Merrill, 1980. Hardcover.

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50-caliber machine gun. The deaths of at least fourteen machine gunners at Ap Bac in early 1963 provided the incentive for the 2d Armored Cavalry, which fabricated the first two-gunners' shields, made of soft steel plating from the hull of a sunken ship. Later, when it was discovered that these could be penetrated, the Armor Command, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Army Concept Team collaborated to make BURIED TIMBER Diagram 1. Capstan and anchor recovery. Diagram 2. Push-bar extraction.

Crew positions thus saved were then used to fill crews on additional vehicles. Among other approved proposals was one to disband armored car squadrons and issue M125A1 81 -mm. mortar carriers. Regimental headquarters retained their armored car platoons, which had been issued V-100 armored cars in 1967. The M125A1 mortar carrier replaced the field expedient of mounting 81-mm. mortars on the Mil 3. to 22 APC The emphasis on training slowly began to produce in I Corps Tactical Zone was an example of a unit which performed well in combat.

The average time a squadron took to cross a stream, however, was still considered excessive. Regimental commanders and advisers wanted to be able to begin crossing in five minutes or less after arrival. Although it did not meet the five-minute requirement, an aluminum balk bridge that could be placed over a thirty-foot gap by an Ml 13 was developed in the latter half of 1965. With two additional balks, the bridge could be used by the M41 tank. Production of twenty-four Ml 13 balk bridges was undertaken by the South Vietnamese Army engineers.

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