Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 41-12

LVT4: General
Date of first acceptance mid-1944 Total acceptances 8,348
  • Food Machinery Corp.
  • Graham-Paige
  • St. Louis Car Co.
27 men:
  • Commander passenger compartment
  • Driver in hull left front
  • Assistant driver in hull right front
  • 24 passengers
LVT4: Dimensions
Combat weight 36,400lbs
Height 98"
Length 313"
Width 128"
Ground clearance 18"
Ground pressure 9.9psi
LVT4: Armament
Type Mount
Two .50cal M2HB MG Fixed mounts at front of cargo area
Two .30cal M1919A4 MGs Pivot mount on each side of cargo area
LVT4: Armor
LVT4: Automotive
Engine Continental W-670-9A; 7 cylinder, 4 cycle, static radial gasoline
Horsepower Net: 250@2,400rpm
Gross: 262@2,400rpm
Torque Net: 584 ft-lb@1,800rpm
Gross: 590 ft-lb@1,700rpm
Fuel capacity 163gal
Transmission Spicer Mfg. Corp. No. 89, synchromesh, 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Controlled differential, steering levers
Brakes Mechanical, external contracting
LVT4: Suspension
Type Road wheels Track return rollers
Torsilastic 10 independently sprung and 1 fixed/track 2/track
Drive sprockets Idlers Shock absorbers
37-alternate-engaged-tooth front drive 33-tooth adjustable sprocket at rear of track None
LVT4: Track
Outside guide, dry pin, steel link, extruded grousers
Width 14.25"
Pitch 8"
Shoes/track 73 Ground contact length 126.5"
LVT4: Performance
Max level road speed 15mph
Max water speed 7mph
Max trench 60"
Min turning diameter 30', land
48', water
9m, land
15m, water
Max vertical obstacle 36"
Max grade 60%
Angle of approach 35° Angle of departure 30°
Max fording depth Floats Cruising range ~150mi, roads
~100mi, water
~240km, roads
~160km, water

LVT4 was a remodeled LVT2, where the engine was moved from the rear of the vehicle to behind the driver's cab, yielding a larger cargo area and allowing a rear loading ramp to be installed. Applique armor could be attached to the LVT4: .5" (1.3cm) armor on the front and .25" (.64cm) on the sides, but this reduced the LVT4's payload by 3000lbs (1360kg). The LVT4's cab had two large glass windows and two roof hatches, and three armored cabs could be installed as well, with .5" (1.3cm) armor to the front and .25" (.64cm) armor on the top and sides. The front panel of the early cab was solid, with the driver's hatch on the front plate opening outward for observation (much like the LVT2's). A periscope was installed in each roof hatch, and these were originally covered by a plastic hemisphere, but these plastic covers were eliminated later. Later armored cabs were fitted with a ball-mounted .30cal machine gun at the assistant driver's position, and the final armored cabs had the ball-mounted MG as well as vision blocks for the driver and assistant driver in place of the driver's earlier vision panel. This final version also lacked the driver's periscope.




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