Gaso.Line Gas50169M USMC LVTA-2 "Buffalo" Amtank (1:50 Scale)
"The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
- General George S. Patton Jr., January 1945
Both the Marine Corps and the Army operated two types of amphibious tracked vehicles during WWII. One was the amphibious tractor, also called an amtrac or LVT. The other was the amtank or LVTA (Landing Vehicle Tracked Armored). Though tracked amphibs were no doubt important in the European Theater of Operations, there was a special need for them in the Pacific, due principally to the nature of the terrain. When an island had a sandy beach, the Navy could ferry troops by boat to shore then let them wade in a few yards until they hit the beach. Unfortunately, most Pacific islands were ringed with coral reefs, oftentimes more than a half mile across. This meant that troops would have to land at the edge of a coral shelf, leaving them exposed to enemy fire for long periods of time.
After much deliberation, it was determined that amphibious tracked vehicles were the only solution to this problem. Both the amtrac and the amtank were developed, designed to be able to climb onto a reef from the sea then advance across the rough coral to the beach without exposing the troops inside to small arms fire. The amtracs were responsible for transporting troops ashore where they could continue the assault. The amtanks, on the hand, led the way, firing at the enemy positions the moment naval gunfire and air strikes lifted.
Several different amtracs were developed. The LVTA-1 was equipped with a M-3 light tank turret mounting a 37mm gun. Later versions, such as the LVTA-4, mounted a more powerful 75mm howitzer, which was useful for destroying cave entrances and strongly defended enemy positions. Sold Out!