DUKW Amphibious Truck

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During World War II it became clear that there was a need for an amphibious transport that could both take men to the beaches and haul supplies back and forth.

The DUKW (colloquially known as the Duck) is a six wheel drive amphibious modification of the 2 1⁄2 ton CCKW trucks used by the US military during WWII. It excelled in approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious warfare attacks.

The driver could adjust tire pressure from the cab for versatile terrain adaptation. This feature, unique at the time of its development, is now standard on US amphibious vehicles.

The name DUKW comes from the model nomenclature of General Motors Corporation:

D, draft 1942

U, Utility

K, all-wheel drive

W, dual tandem rear axles

World War II

The DUKW made its combat debut in the 1943 invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky). After that it was used extensively in Normandy and the Pacific Rim. It had tremendous success, although lessons were learned during the D-Day landings in Omaha. Although designed to carry heavy loads, those overloaded with howitzers sank instantly in the turbulent waters. This was the only weakness in an otherwise revolutionary design that was critical to Allied victory in Normandy and beyond.

After the war

During the war, about 20,000 “ducks” built. After World War II, reduced numbers were kept in service by the United States, Britain, France and Australia, with many being stored pending disposal. Australia transferred many to Citizens Military Force units.

The US Army reactivated and deployed several hundred “ducks” a. They saw limited combat, although DUKWs were used extensively to bring supplies ashore during the Battle of Pusan Perimeter and the amphibious landings at Incheon.

In Bolt Action

The DUKW Amphibious Truck comes to Bolt Action as an amphibious transporter. This ability to move in deep/shallow water and continue to be effective upon landing is what makes the 'Duck' an important part of any US beach assault force, whether in World War II or the Korean War. It has a transport capacity of 12 men. You can bolster your firepower by using your “duck” upgrade it with an MMG or HMG, allowing it to actively participate in the conflict after spitting out its troop load.

Of course, being amphibious means it's not limited to just beach attack scenarios (it's perfect for river crossings!). In addition to being transportable, it is also capable of towing artillery pieces. The DUKW is a versatile piece of kit!

Contains a resin and metal vehicle, a stat card, decals, and damage tokens.

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