Toyota Pick-up the most versatile Post War 'military' vehicle

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by Owen, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Owen

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    Watching the new on Libya & seeing yet more Toyotas fitted with MGs has made me think the most versatile & widespread 'military' vehicle of the late 20th & Early 21st Centuary is not your multi-million ££/$$ AFVs but the humble Toyoya pick up.

    As well as giving low tech rebel armies mobility & a heavy weapons platform I see in the last photo that the Americans are not averse to using them either.

    Thought I'd link to this article too.
    Why Rebel Groups Love the Toyota Hilux - Newsweek
    more photos.
    Pickup Trucks From Warzones Across the Globe - Newsweek
     

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  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    They were also used during the Rhodesian Conflict as Gun Buses armed with twin .303 Browning WWII vintage aircraft MGS, as convoy escorts manned by police reservists.
     
  3. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

    I was posted to NORFORCE in the 1980's and we used Troopies then, the only Army unit at that time. Largely because spare parts were readily available while on patrol.
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    The daft thing is that if someone from the UK wants to take a seventy year old WD motorcycle to Normandy, they need an export licence as it is a military vehicle which Her Majesty's Government wouldn't want sold to unfriendly powers.

    The Toyota however is the preferred transport of irregulars everywhere, usually with the maximum number of load-bed passengers firing off a 'Beirut salute' and they can be exported to the third world with no questions asked.
     
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    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

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  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    a model

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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

     
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  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Soleimani's grill emblem came through without a scratch

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  16. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    The first war involving Toyota pickup trucks was long ago in 1987, in Northern Chad, with Chad fighting LIbya; with the French supporting Chad. See: Toyota War - Wikipedia
    Somewhere there is a book on this, but the search on another website has failed so far. TRy this 2018 book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Technicals-Non-Standard-Tactical-Vehicles-Vanguard/dp/147282251X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Technicals:+Non-Standard+Tactical+Vehicles+from+the+Great+Toyota+Wa&qid=1578073807&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmr0

    Try this too: The Toyota Horde | Small Wars Journal
     
  17. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Not a pickup but about the same size as a modern American 1/2 ton pickup.

    Toyota GB starter truck

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