M151 A1D - Nuclear Missile Carrier

This variant was basically the M151 A1C, modified to take the mount for the Davy Crockett missile. We have been able to find little information or a photograph of one, and would welcome any contributions!

The Davy Crockett Atomic Battle Group Weapon System was named after the American soldier, congressman, and folk hero Davy Crockett. It was one of the smallest nuclear weapon systems ever built - it's difficult to imagine that something so small could be capable of causing such enormous destruction! During the period of their deployment by the American Army they were mounted on several vehicles, beginning with the M38A1D Willys MD Jeep. Later, the M151 A1D MUTTs were used to carry both the M28 and M29 Launchers. Like the M151 A1D, the M38 A1D had originally been designed to carry the recoiless rifle. When adapted to take the Davy Crockett, the designation of both changed from A1C to A1D.


The Davy Crockett used two launchers, the M28 and M29. The M29 "Heavy" launcher sent projectiles further than the "Light"  M28. Both could be removed from the vehicle they were mounted on and used by a three-man team from a tripod, as shown in the first photo below. In the absence of a photograph of an actual M151 A1D, we have also included two photographs of a Willys M38 A1D beneath it.

After trawling the net for some hours, I found an extremely interesting source of information about the Davy Crockett missiles at www.guntruck.com/DavyCrockett.html and would suggest you visit that site to learn more about them. Whist there, check out the amazing images of military models!




M28 Launcher on Tripod
The M28 "Light" Davy Crockett launcher being operated from a tripod.
Thanks to, and copyright owned by, Jim Lewis of Gun Truck Studios for this photograph.



M28 launcher on M38 A1D Willys jeep
The M28 "Light" Davy Crockett launchermounted on an M38 A1D Willys Jeep..
Thanks to, and copyright owned by, Jim Lewis of Gun Truck Studios for this photograph.


M28 launcher on M38 A1D Willys jeep
The M28 "Light" Davy Crockett launchermounted on an M38 A1D Willys Jeep..
Thanks to, and copyright owned by, Jim Lewis of Gun Truck Studios for this photograph.











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