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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Feb 2019 8:13 p.m. PST

Do you have a preferred Armored Personnel Carrier?

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 8:32 p.m. PST


TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 9:13 p.m. PST

+1 for the good old LAV-25

I also have a soft spot for the Marder.

Gerard Leman19 Feb 2019 9:36 p.m. PST

I'm an old-school kinda guy. Hussite war wagon for me.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 11:53 p.m. PST

M-113 ACAV

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 12:17 a.m. PST

M113 most versatile APC ever made. Large numbers are still used in support roles such as armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, and command vehicle.

"These variants together currently represent about half of U.S. Army armored vehicles. To date, it is estimated that over 80,000 M113s of all types have been produced and used by over 50 countries worldwide, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time. The Military Channel's Top Ten series named the M113 the most significant infantry vehicle in history."

langobard Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 2:04 a.m. PST

+1 for the M113

shaun from s and s models20 Feb 2019 2:30 a.m. PST


Gaz004520 Feb 2019 2:38 a.m. PST

M3 halftrack has my WW2 vote…..
Post war, BMP for looks but wouldn't want to be in it!

deephorse20 Feb 2019 6:00 a.m. PST

The SdKfz 251/D series. Not the best APC ever, but certainly my favourite.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 6:16 a.m. PST

I had never seen one in person until a few years ago. Far biggger than you get the impression of from video and pictures.

Fred Cartwright20 Feb 2019 6:23 a.m. PST

251 for WW2. So many variants and different colour schemes to chose from. Post war the 432 series. A solid Cold War Battle taxi.

22ndFoot20 Feb 2019 6:35 a.m. PST

Humber Pig. FV 432

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 6:47 a.m. PST



That's it … right?

I once showed a former Marine colleague of mine a picture of a WH40K Rhino and he asked, "Jesus … whose M-113 variant is that?"

Ferd4523120 Feb 2019 7:40 a.m. PST

M113 ACAV. An old man's first love. H

nickinsomerset20 Feb 2019 7:49 a.m. PST

Spartan, sports car of the APC world,

Tally Ho!

skippy000120 Feb 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

Wiesel APC

Legion 420 Feb 2019 8:58 a.m. PST

M113, I commanded a Co. of them, '87-'89. With a Mech Bn in a Mech Heavy Bde at Benning … old fart

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 9:24 a.m. PST

M3 halftrack.

Jeffers20 Feb 2019 9:25 a.m. PST

FV432. When you get bored with it, you can turn it into a Stug: link

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

I will give a shout out to these.

M2A3 Bradley

IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker

M3 Half-Track

Universal Carrier (Bren-Gun Carrier)

Renault VAB



Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse20 Feb 2019 9:36 a.m. PST

Stryker #1,
BTR-80 #2,

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 9:38 a.m. PST

I will give a shout out to these.

M2A3 Bradley

IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker

M3 Half-Track

Universal Carrier (Bren-Gun Carrier)

Renault VAB


Waco Joe20 Feb 2019 10:59 a.m. PST

Merkava? wink

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 11:24 a.m. PST

The Mumakil Mk 1, nothing says we are not to be trifled with like an Armored Pachyderm Carrier.

Zinkala20 Feb 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

Always been kind of partial to the Ram Kangaroo but it's hard to argue against the m113. Like etotheipi said it's still being used after 40k years.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik20 Feb 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

No mention of the Bundeswehr TPZ Fuchs 6-rad until now, really?

The BMP-1/2 is also quite nice.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 11:42 a.m. PST

Tank Mark IX


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 12:07 p.m. PST

First things to pop into my head are the M3 and the 113.

Desert Fox20 Feb 2019 12:39 p.m. PST

May not technically qualify, but I always liked the look of the M3 Scout Car.


Andy ONeill20 Feb 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

I like the rr7 for it's weirdness.
Aka sdkfz254

Wheels AND full tracks.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 2:31 p.m. PST



(In the show, it's an Armored Personnel Carrier Model 4020. In real life, it was a gussied-up FV432. link )

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 2:40 p.m. PST

Another vote for the SdKfz 251/D series – not the first, not the best, but I like them

AICUSV20 Feb 2019 4:22 p.m. PST

We use to say that the M113 had "One Way Armor", it would let bullets in but not out.

Legion 420 Feb 2019 4:49 p.m. PST

The Best armor on an M113 is in the front … that is where the engine is … evil grin

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 5:43 p.m. PST

Bren carrier…said no one ever.

vichussar Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 6:15 p.m. PST

Might be biased but after serving 11 years in and around them, my favourite has to be the M113A1 Australian variants.
That said, I wish the Reserve Armoured units had received LAV-25's as a wheeled vehicle would have allowed more training options

Coelacanth20 Feb 2019 8:41 p.m. PST

LVT "Buffalo".


Royston Papworth21 Feb 2019 12:49 a.m. PST

Saracen for me….

Although I do have a soft spot for the Humber Pig… :)

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2019 7:26 a.m. PST


Phrodon21 Feb 2019 8:24 a.m. PST

SdKfz 251/1 ausf C

Canadian Grizzly APC (based on the 6-wheel Swiss MOWAG Piranha I)

Honourable mention: Bren Carrier

DeRuyter21 Feb 2019 12:08 p.m. PST

M-113 and variants. Bradley although that's maybe not strictly an APC – I would say that the 113 is roomier lol!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2019 2:57 p.m. PST

Well, my APC is the only one that can ambulate. It does have a strange susceptibility to Elves however.

Legion 421 Feb 2019 4:51 p.m. PST

M-113 and variants. Bradley although that's maybe not strictly an APC I would say that the 113 is roomier lol!
Yes, I agree ! The Bradley being an IFV may have more firepower and more armor, but can only dismount 6 troops. Where the M113 APC has a lot less armor and firepower but can dismount 9. As we know Infantry does it's "best" work dismounted on the ground.

And go places vehicles can't and won't. In either case you hope the M113 or M2 is in a support by fire position. But in terrain like thick forests or jungles. The Tracks LOS will only go as far as the woodline. frown

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2019 9:02 a.m. PST

M-113 for me.

Gennorm22 Feb 2019 11:08 a.m. PST


Ferozopore22 Feb 2019 8:02 p.m. PST

Sdkfz 250 and variants. Anything to do with German recce is fine by me.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2019 4:14 p.m. PST

M3 half track for me too!

Murvihill23 Feb 2019 5:26 p.m. PST

AA7V. Only one I ever rode in.

Legion 424 Feb 2019 9:52 a.m. PST

I rode in the AA7V at Basic Amph Training at Little Creek, Norfolk, VA back in like '82 or '83. When I was with a Reinforced Rifle Co. from the 101. Was there Cross Training with the USN/USMC. That AA7V was big inside and out compared to the Army's M113s !!

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