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Early PLA Amtrac mods - the LVT(A)-4. A surviving example
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:56 pm
Post subject: Early PLA Amtrac mods - the LVT(A)-4. A surviving example

The first Amtracs operated by the Chinese PLA were those captured from KMT forces during the civil war. The PLA even did some interesting modifications on them.
The photo that started it all for me:



A similar vehicle in the National Military Museum in Beijing:
www.flickr.com/photos/...496551326/


It appears that the 75mm howitzer was replaced by a smaller high velocity gun, most likely a 37mm piece.



The PLA also modified a number of LVT(A)-4 amtracs to increase their firepower by replacing the howitzer with a ZiS-2 57mm gun complete with shield. Sadly, no images of surviving examples (if any exist, that is) have surfaced.


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