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The LVT(A)2 in World War II
The Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) was a multipurpose used by the USA during World War II as a cargo/troop carrying vehicle for amphibious operations. It was designed to be launched from off-shore landing ships for beachhead assults against hostile forces to ferry troops, jeeps, and supplies to a landing in a secure enclosure. In Aces High, there are two variants available - the LVT(A)2 and the LVT(A)4.
The LVT had its origins in a civilian rescue vehicle called the Alligator. Developed by Donald Roebling  in 1935, the Alligator was intended to operate in swampy areas, inaccessible to both traditional cars and boats. Two years later, Roebling built a redesigned vehicle with greatly improved water speed. The United States Marine Corps, which had been developing amphibious warfare doctrine based on the ideas of Lt. Col. Earl Hancock "Pete" Ellis and others, became interested in the machine after learning about it through an article in Life magazine and convinced Roebling to design a more seaworthy model for military use. After more improvements, made difficult by Roebling's lack of blueprints for the initial designs, to meet requirements of the Navy, the vehicle was adopted as Landing Vehicle Tracked, or LVT. Source: [Image:http://bbs.hitechcreations.com/wiki/images/f/f6/LVT%28A%29-Mk2.gif]
The first variants of the LVT were deployed to US forces during WWII starting in 1941. The LVT-1 was poorly armoured and had difficulty manouvering on rough terrain. In Aces High, the LVT(A)-2 variant, nickednamed the Water Bullao , was deployed in 1943 to both Army and Marine units in the Pacific and European theatres. The (A)-4 varriant arrived in 1944 equiped with a 75mm Howitzer.. It was deployed in time for the D-Day landing and heavily used at Iwo Jima by the US Marine Corps.