Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

This is an earlier-production LVT(A)4, as evidenced by the single .50cal MG mount on the turret rear. The propelling grousers on the track are obvious, and a hull escape hatch is open near the cab.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

The hatches are open on this vehicle. The driver was provided with a direct vision hatch to his front, and both he and the assistant driver had periscopes in their overhead hatches. The lack of a bow machine gun in front of the assistant driver is obvious in this view, as is the paddle design of the track grousers. Mooring ties were provided at each corner of the hull.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

The exhaust tips for the radial engine flank the numbering on the rear of the hull, and the glare of the taillights can be seen outboard of the exhausts. Stowage for a towing cable is also provided. Splash deflectors are just behind each track.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

A close-up of the suspension is shown in this image. The torsilastic suspension was composed of rubber bonded between the hollow shaft on the pontoon and the outer road wheel swing arm. Details of the chain-type track can also be seen.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

The 75mm howitzer was encased in a flash suppressor, and the howitzer barrel can be seen inside the suppressor. The .50cal MG is mounted on the turret rear, and details of the turret hatches and periscopes can be seen.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

When all the hatches were open, the vehicle interior was a decently airy place. This view is looking in from the starboard hull escape hatch towards the driver's position.

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 5.

The crew positions are shown here. Note that this vehicle differs from the one above by the addition of a bow machine gun and the replacement of the turret .50cal MG ring mount with an MG mount on each side of the turret. (Picture from FM 17-34 Amphibious Tank and Tractor Battalions.)

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