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    Vietnam Gun Trucks

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    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
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    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
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    Great topic RPD. I have read about these a lot, will have to watch your link after I post.

    I like the old trucks, a friend had a tank retriever/wrecker, and another w/dump body.

    From what I remember reading they got quad 50 BMGs from the navy for some.

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    Up north, running the roads to supply the outposts along the DMZ, a field modifaction was to take a Quad 50, which was a WW2 Army anti aircraft weapon, and mount the turret on the back of a 5 Ton.
    They were originallly mounted on a little trailer during WW2.

    A very awesome weapon, indeed.
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    Thanks. There were several Quad 50's in there.
    Youtube has a few vids of them, but I couldn't get the url's to work.
    I suppose a "copy and paste" would do it, but that's something I just never learned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    Thanks. There were several Quad 50's in there.
    Youtube has a few vids of them, but I couldn't get the url's to work.
    I suppose a "copy and paste" would do it, but that's something I just never learned.
    This one might work?


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    The Smithsonian Channel had a special on gun trucks in Viet Nam a couple years ago. Pretty interesting.
    These veterans and trucks set the stage for the trucks/gun trucks that we used in Iraq doing convoy security. We never had any quad 50's (wish we did), but we had different configurations. These were mostly M925 Five tons.

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    These had improvised armored bed (usually a double layered armored bed box with sand bags inside) and having either dual 5.56 saws, dual M240 - 7.62x51s or a M2 on a gun ring on the truck cab and a saw or M240 in the bed.
    We, like veterans in Viet Nam built these truck armaments with the help of our mechanics. No formal support from those above or the Army.

    These were a huge improvement over the shitty M818's that we had been saddled with at the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLion View Post
    The Smithsonian Channel had a special on gun trucks in Viet Nam a couple years ago. Pretty interesting.
    These veterans and trucks set the stage for the trucks/gun trucks that we used in Iraq doing convoy security. We never had any quad 50's (wish we did), but we had different configurations. These were mostly M925 Five tons.

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    These had improvised armored bed (usually a double layered armored bed box with sand bags inside) and having either dual 5.56 saws, dual M240 - 7.62x51s or a M2 on a gun ring on the truck cab and a saw or M240 in the bed.
    We, like veterans in Viet Nam built these truck armaments with the help of our mechanics. No formal support from those above or the Army.

    These were a huge improvement over the shitty M818's that we had been saddled with at the start.

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    It's sad that the lessons learned and solutions found in vietnam were ignored and dismissed by subsequent army leaders. These gun trucks should have been vastly improved by the time of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and readily available.

    It's another sad commentary that those in the line of fire, had to resort to improvised vehicles again, just like vietnam. The US soldier has more insight into what is needed than the Pentagon pencil pushers, who cost the lives of many good men.

    Those soldiers and mechanics should be placed in charge of design and building of adequate trucks to protect our soldiers.

    I'd be interested to learn what else you guys came up with? If you had hard targets to contend with, I wonder if 1 truck with a 20mm M-61A1 Gatling Gun would have been of use?

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    A slide show

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