Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

This machine has the bow machine gun at the assistant driver's position but retains the plastic hemispheres around the drivers' periscopes. A single .50cal machine gun is mounted at the rear of the turret, which resembled that of the 75mm HMC M8. (Picture from ORD 9 SNL G-214.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

A better view of the machine gun mount can be seen from this angle. Apertures for the two engine exhaust pipes can be seen in the hull rear. (Picture from ORD 9 SNL G-214.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The machine gun ring mount is obvious at the turret's right rear, and the gunner's and loader's seats can be seen at the howitzer's right and left, respectively. Note the offset nature of the drivers' hatches. (Picture from ORD 9 SNL G-214.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The automotive layout of the machine is sketched in this image. Power from the rear engine was transferred to the front transmission via propeller shafts, and a power takeoff ran the bilge pump at the floor of the hull. The assistant driver was also provided with a manual bilge pump for emergencies. The letters refer to a part number list. (Picture from ORD 9 SNL G-214.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

Details of the rear deck are shown in this picture. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The rear deck hatches have been opened, allowing a view into the engine room. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The engine compartment is seen here with the engine itself removed. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The two main engine fuel tanks were on each side of the engine room, the left in front of the batteries and the right in front of the fixed fire extinguishers. The fuel tank for the auxiliary generator engine was on the right above the fire extinguishers. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The 75mm howitzer M3 could use fixed or semifixed ammunition. It had a manually operated horizontally sliding breech and a continuous-pull type of firing lock, which could be actuated manually or electrically. It weighed 421lb (191kg). The howitzer mount M7 used a hydrospring recoil mechanism with a normal recoil stroke of 11.62" (29.51cm). (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The turret traversing mechanism is labeled in this image. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The elevation mechanism and howitzer firing button are the subjects of this picture. The firing button safety switch prevented the howitzer from firing when the switch was in the "OFF" or down position. When in the "ON" or up position, the firing button was freed. In order to move the safety switch, the locking latch needed to be pressed. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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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 drivers' 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.

This vehicle features vision blocks in the turret side, and the angular counterweight attached to the top of the howitzer flash hider can just be seen behind the assistant driver's periscope. (Picture from Tank Data, vol. 2.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 5.

The machine guns mounted on each side of the turret are illustrated by this vehicle. The counterweight for the stabilizer can again be seen. (Picture from TM 9-2800-1/TO 19-75A-89.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The two auxiliary generators are shown here; on LVT(A)4 only the right-side generator was mounted. The engines could be started either electrically or by pulling a cranking rope. The engine was a Delco Appliance Corporation No. 5067440 single-cylinder 4-cycle gasoline engine putting out 1.6hp at 2,300rpm. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

To disengage the howitzer travel lock, the ordnance was depressed slightly to relieve pressure on the lock and to remove the ball type locking pin. The howitzer was then further depressed until the traveling lock bar fell forward to the disengaged or firing position. Once in that position the bar was secured by the insertion of a locking pin. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

Parts of the turret hydraulic system are labeled in this image. A. Turret panel control box. B. Remote control box. C. Traverse control tubes. D. Oil reservoir gage. E. Traversing oil reservoir. F. Reservoir filler cap. G. Hydraulic traversing oil lines. H. Valve control arms. J. Traversing oil pump. K. Vision block. L. Electric motor. M. Conduit to motor and gyro-stabilizer. N. Inspection plate. P. Stabilizer hydraulic lines. Q. Stabilizer oil pump. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The oil lines and reservoir for the stabilizer system are shown here. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The turret panel control box allowed the hydraulic power traversing mechanism oil pump and the stabilizer oil pump electric motors to be turned on and off via the main switch. The recoil and stiffness rheostats adjusted the stabilizer's sensitivity in recoil and elevation. The stiffness rheostat could also account for differences in oil viscosity and electrical current. The stabilizer-and-fire switch controlled the firing circuit and stabilizer system: these could be both off, both on, or activated separately. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 4.

The gunner's and commander's controls are shown here. The traversing mechanism gear shift lever allowed either manual or power traverse to be selected; when hydraulic power was active, the commander's traversing remote control overrode the gunner's traversing remote control. The gunner's remote control was provided with triggers for firing the howitzer. For manual turret traverse, the brake release lever needed to be squeezed in order to release the turret brake. (Picture from TM 9-775 Tracked Landing Vehicle Mk 4 (LVT(4)) Tracked Landing Vehicles (Armored) Mk 4 (LVT(A)(4)) and Mk 5 (LVT(A)(5)).)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 5.

The 1951 modification to the bow of the vehicle is obvious when compared to the machines above: the bow's volume was increased, and the driver was given a vision cupola. The turret was also changed, and new vision blocks can be seen around its top. Note the counterweight attached to the base of the howitzer barrel for the stabilizer system. (Picture from Tank Data, vol. 2.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked (Armored), Mark 5.

The crew positions are shown here. (Picture from FM 17-34 Amphibious Tank and Tractor Battalions.)

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