M923 ''Hillbilly Gun Truck
This medium cargo truck of the 5 ton category, is representative of today's generation of logistical vehicles of the U.S. Forces. It entered service in the early eighties. The M-923 has an extremely sturdy structure and excellent off-road features, which are necessary to secure the flow of material to the front line combat units. Based on this chassis many versions have been produced: wrecking trucks, tank trucks, mobile maintenance and communication trucks. The A-1 version is characteristic because of its large off-road tires which have earned it the nick-name "big-foot". During its operational use, and in particular in the most recent military campaigns in which it was employed as Iraq and Afghanistan, the “Big Foot” has often been modified with the addition of “homemade” protections to reduce the damages caused by the fire of light weapons. However, the personalization of the vehicles, made “on field” by the crews, were possible thanks to the excellent platform offered by-M-923 trucks.
HEMTT Gun Truck
The acronym HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) identifies a range eight-wheel drive off-road capable heavy truck, produced from the mid-80s for the United States Army. Thanks to its features, the HEMTT is able to guarantee a great off-road mobility and significant transportation performance. It has become the real “workhorse” of the Army capable of carrying ammunition and equipment in a very effective way. In a lot of conflicts, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has been often modified by the field workshops, on the specific requirements of the crews, in order to be more and more effective in the hard operating environments, Furthermore some HEMTT versions have been modified to be used in escort and convoys protection duties. Some additional protections and defensive weapons have been add on.
The nickname "Humvee" was created by the acronym HMMWV which stands for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. The Humvee is a four wheel-drive vehicle suitable, despite its impressive size, for several purposes thanks to its extraordinary operational flexibility. The Humvee has been produced in a huge number and it was used on all operation theaters by U.S Army from the beginning of 90s. The 4x4 transmission, the independent suspensions, the V8 engine with a displacement of 6.2 liters, are the main features to ensure an high efficiency on all types of terrains. The Humvee has been produced in several versions as reconnaissance vehicle, troop transport, ambulance, and warfare transportation system. A lot of times, the original versions have been changed and modified directly on the field. The Humvee crews and their mechanics adjusted the vehicles with additional protections and additional weapons to be more in line with the specific environment of the battlefield.