Bush Taxis & Buckets

Australia was an early adopter of the M113 armoured personnel carrier and its many variants. Gordon Arthur unpicks their 60 years of distinguished service

A typical M113A1 APC of D Company, 5 RAR disgorges infantrymen during an exercise near Darwin. Australian Army M113s typically carry eight infantrymen (a standard section) in the rear compartment

The US-designed M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) has enjoyed surprising longevity since it first appeared in 1960. More than 80,000 vehicles of this extended family were produced, and it underwent its baptism of fire in the Vietnam war in 1962.

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