This replica of the original Red Baron M54 5 Ton gun truck recalls lethal encounters of the late 1960s and early ‘70s along Vietnam’s ‘Ambush Alley’
Most military vehicles are developed as the result of painstaking research and testing. Prototypes are considered and rejected until a vehicle fit for a military contract satisfies the body responsible for defence procurement and budgets. Occasionally circumstances in the field will demand a vehicle fit for purpose and this process becomes irrelevant. The result is a jury-rigged vehicle adapted to a particular need, often ingenious in design and execution and always expedient. The Vietnam gun truck which saw service in some of the most risky situations is one such example. Their crews were drawn from experienced drivers, an elite group within the transport companies, selected from the most skilled, valiant and courageous of volunteers.