Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

The 37mm gun turret perched on the back of the LVT(A)1 made for a tall vehicle. The track run circled the large side pontoons, and the positioning of one of the rear machine guns can be seen behind the turret. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

Note that only one of the rear machine gun mounts is installed in this image. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

Especially when seen from above, the basis on the LVT(A)2 is obvious. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

The rear machine gunners were provided with shields, but were still quite exposed compared to the turret crew. (Picture from Research, Investigation and Experimentation in the Field of Amphibian Vehicles.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1 at at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The shape of the propellor-like grousers can be better seen here. The driver had a direct-vision hatch in the front left corner of the cab, behind the headlight in this view. Behind the opposite headlight is a radio antenna mount. Mooring ties are mounted on each corner of the hull. The outline of a side escape hatch can be seen on the sloping plate beneath the turret's left side.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1 at at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This side view illustrates the numerous road wheels sprung by the torsilastic suspension. The two track return rollers are apparent, and behind the rear return roller was a mud guard that extended back to the toothed idler wheel. The left-side .30cal MG mount can be seen just behind the armored superstructure under the turret. Armored louvres covering the air exhaust can just be seen rising from the extreme rear of the rear deck, which is a feature not found on the early-production vehicle illustrated above in the technical manual.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1 at at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

A view through the open right hull escape hatch shows the driver's position. The steering levers are topped by black handles, and the gearshift lever is all white. The driver's instrument panel is situated directly in front of his seat. The transmission separates the drivers, and the propellor shaft can be seen leading from the engine in the rear of the vehicle. A radio cabinet was just to the right of the assistant driver, and the bilge pump handle was positioned directly in front of his seat.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

The turret is shown here with its basket attached. Like on the light tank M5, the power traversing equipment is mounted under the basket. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

This image is of the turret roof, facing rearwards. The commander was provided with a periscope in his hatch door as well as one forward in the turret roof. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

A closer view of the turret basket interior is provided here. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

The front of the gunner's side of the turret is shown in this image. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

The location of the elevation stabilizer in relation to the main gun can be seen here. The cable going to the labeled connector has been removed. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1.

The stabilizer connected to the elevation gear via the cylinder shown here. (Picture from TM 9-775 Landing Vehicle Tracked Mk. I and Mk. II.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 1 at at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

Details of the track and idler are visible here. The track was essentially two chains composed of inner and outer links. The inner links were connected by steel cross plates, and the outer links by the grousers and the grouser support plates. The idler wheel was toothed, and the teeth on this wheel are rusty in color. The idler adjustment mechanism changed from LVT1 to LVT2, upon which the LVT(A)1 was ultimately based. LVT1 used an hydraulic jack, while LVT2 used the adjustment bracket seen here. The structures behind the tracks are splash deflectors.

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