M113 APC Wooden Model
Military Mahogany is proud to offer this M113 wooden model to our series of beautiful hand crafted models.
The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that formed the backbone of the U.S. Army's mobile infantry units from the time of its introduction in the 1960s. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname 'Green Dragon' among the Viet Cong, and known as an APC and ACAV (armored cav assault vehicle) by the allied forces, as it was used to break through heavy thickets in the midst of the jungle to attack and overrun enemy positions.
The M113 introduced new aluminum armor that made the vehicle much lighter and stiffer than earlier vehicles. This protected the crew and passengers against much of the small arms fire available to enemy infantry. Though partially supplanted as a front-line infantry fighting vehicle by the M2 Bradley, the majority of the Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Teams are equipped with 6,000 M113s compared to 4,000 Bradleys. The M113's versatility spawned a wide variety of adaptations that live on worldwide, and in US service. These variants together represent about half of U.S. Army armored vehicles today. To date, over 80,000 M113s of all types have been produced and used by over 50 countries worldwide, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time. The Military Channel's "Top Ten" series named the M113 the most significant infantry fighting vehicle in history.