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Dragon 3315 M274 MULE with 106mm R.R. and crew (Hue City,VIetnam 1968)

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Scale: 1:25
Manufacturer: Dragon
Product code: dra3315
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ManufacturerDragon
Product codedra3315
Weight:0.18 kg
Ean:89195833150
Scale1:25
Added to catalog on:10.30.2004
Tags:M274

The M274 Mechanical Mule is an American light transport vehicle from the post-war era. The first copies of this vehicle appeared in the mid 1950s, and serial production continued in 1956-1970. Approximately 11,300 vehicles of this type were built in its course. In the basic version, the drive was provided by a single Willys AO4-4-53 engine with 16 HP.

The M274 vehicle was developed to complement the Willys Jeep and Dodge M-37 vehicles in paratroopers and infantry units. The M274 was primarily used to transport machine guns, mortars and loads weighing up to 250 kilograms. It was also used to evacuate the wounded from the battlefield, as well as transport up to 7 soldiers. Vehicles of this type were used on a large scale in the Vietnam War (1964 / 1965-1975), during which recoilless guns and machine guns were often mounted on them. The M274 remained in service with the US Army until the 1980s.

The Vietnam War (1964 / 1965-1975) is a conflict fought between the government of South Vietnam, supported very intensively (economically, politically, militarily) by the United States, and North Vietnam, supported by the USSR and the PRC. Due to the very difficult terrain in Vietnam (jungle, numerous watercourses and canals, hills), the basic type of armed forces quickly turned out to be infantry, especially light infantry with high mobility and aeromobility. The primary shooting weapon of the American infantryman in Vietnam was initially the 7.62mm M14 semi-automatic rifle. However, already in 1964, the 5.56 mm M16 automatic carbine (initially as the XM16E1) was experimentally introduced, which from 1966 began to be the basic weapon of the US infantry, and from 1967, improved examples of the M16 A1 were delivered. The weapon, especially in the initial production batches, was not fully developed and, besides, it required very careful cleaning and was highly susceptible to dirt and jammed easily. In addition, 40 mm M79 grenade launchers were used. The M72 and M72A1 LAW missiles were rarely used. On the other hand, the Browning M2 heavy machine guns and the M60 heavy machine guns were used on a large scale. During the Vietnam War, the platoon turned out to be the basic tactical unit of the US infantry. Its structure in line, light and airborne infantry was almost identical. The platoon consisted of a staff headed by a lieutenant or second lieutenant and a sub-unit assigned with an artillery observer, a paramedic and a radio operator. His main strength was three shooting teams of 10 soldiers each. In addition, there was a heavy weapons team with two M60 Rkm-guns and two M67 recoilless guns. It is worth adding that the above-mentioned organization was a full-time one, and in the realities of the war the full-time job often differed from the realities of the battlefield.

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