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HappyHussar31 Jul 2018 8:19 a.m. PST

Were the US Army Amphib. tank battalions used for Okinawa? Basically these would have been equipped with the LVT(A)4 (75mm How) and LVT(A)1 (37mm AT).

Starfury Rider31 Jul 2018 9:36 a.m. PST

This is the Army and Marine order of battle for Okinawa;


Two Army Bns, 708th and 776th

Also the 1st and 3rd Marine Armd Amph Bns.

I'm reasonably sure by this time the bulk, if not all, the tractors, were 75-mm howitzer models. There are reports for more than a couple of the amphibian tank and tractor units online.


rmaker31 Jul 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

According to Stanton's World War II Order of Battle, the 708th, 776th, and 780th battalions were at Okinawa, while the 773rd operated on the off-shore islands.

The 747th was in the ETO, and the 742nd and 795th never left Ft. Ord.

Starfury Rider31 Jul 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Yes, that's what I get for doing a quick page search for Amph Tank, while 780th is down as Amph Tk…

This was a link on the 776th with some detail on its activities and equipment changes

PDF link


HappyHussar31 Jul 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

Thanks guys and especially to Gary for posting the link for the OB for Okinawa. Really appreciate it.

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