Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

Compared to its predecessor, the LVT1, the position of the LVT2's cab and the grouser shape are immediately differentiated. The running gear is another changed aspect, with the latter vehicle being equipped with idler sprockets in the rear, return rollers on top of the sponsons, and sprung road wheels. (Picture from Research, Investigation and Experimentation in the Field of Amphibian Vehicles.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

With the rear position of the engine, the disadvantageous requirement to load cargo and troops from over the side of the vehicle is obvious. The control tunnel bisecting the cargo compartment also reduced its utility. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

This view is looking forward into the driver's position. The seats were provided with aircraft-type quick-release safety belts. By turning the ratchet handles on top of the steering levers a quarter turn, a latch rod could be raised or lowered to lock the levers in any position. The latch on the gearshift lever prevented accidental shifting into first or reverse gears. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

This image is of the rear of the cargo compartment with the rear bulkhead louvers removed, allowing us to see into the engine room. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

The engine room is illustrated here, looking towards the front of the vehicle. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

A suspension bogie is shown here. The torsilastic spring consisted of a hollow tube placed into a larger hollow tube with rubber vulcanized between them. The bogie wheel arms are welded to the outer shaft, and the spring end brackets, used to attach the assembly to the pontoon, are welded to the inner shaft. The outer shaft then rotates around the inner shaft with the rubber between them providing cushioning and support. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

An exploded view of the tracks common to LVT2, LVT(A)2, LVT4, LVT(A)1, LVT(A)4, and LVT(A)5 is shown here. The inside and outside links combined for a pitch of 8" (20cm). The W-shaped cleats are welded to a baseplate which is then bolted to the drive chain. (Picture from Research, Investigation and Experimentation in the Field of Amphibian Vehicles.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2.

Removing the transmission first required removing the cab cover, which was attached with numerous screws, bolts, and nuts. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 2.

The cab of this LVT(A)2 can be compared with the normal vehicle above. The windows have disappeared and have been replaced by armor plate and periscopes in the vehicle's roof. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 2.

A rear view of the vehicle is shown here, including stowage of the towing cable. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 2.

This view better shows the periscopes in the roof of the cab cover. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 2.

Though portions of the vehicle were now armored, the machine gunners were still forced to expose much of their bodies to employ their weapons. (Picture from Research, Investigation and Experimentation in the Field of Amphibian Vehicles.)

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