Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Engineer, Mark 1 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

The lack of grilles for recessed radiator compartments on the side of this vehicle indicate that it is powered by the AVI-1790-8 engine. The lifting mechanism for the line charge pallets takes up a good portion of the length of the roof. The squat raised lourves just behind the lifting mechanism in the image are the portside armored cover plate for the cooling air intake valve; a similar structure was found on the opposite site. To the rear of the roof are the armored cover plates for the cooling air exhaust valves, and just in front of these is the superstructure for the engine exhaust outlets. The escape hatches have been moved forward, and can be located by the hinges on the side of the vehicle below the driver's cupola. Just in front of and below the driver's cupola was the mounting position of a side periscope. (Photo by Paul Hannah.)

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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Engineer, Mark 1 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

The massive and imposing mine excavator blade assembly dominates the front of the vehicle. The teeth of the blade are aluminum and can be easily removed by disconnecting a retaining pin. The side wings can be folded forward to conserve space; they are sort of halfway between being extended and folded forward on this vehicle. The blade weighs ~10,000lb (~4500kg), and is 152.4375" (387.1913cm) wide with the wings folded and 225.25" (572.14cm) wide with them extended. The large pyradimal structures behind the blade are its foam-filled buoyancy tanks. The stout latches that hold the blade when it is raised remain on the bow, but the two hydraulic cylinders for raising and lowering are missing on this vehicle. The machine gun cupola mounted between the driver's and commander's positions is traversed a bit to the vehicle's left, and the guard for the sighting periscope M25C can be made out on top of the cupola. A periscope is installed below the machine gun cupola on each side. (Photo by Paul Hannah.)

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