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Amphibian vehicle

An amphibian or amphibious vehicle, is a vehicle that, like an amphibian, can move on land as well as on water.

Many modern tanks and armored personnel carriers have an amphibious mode in which a fabric skirt adds buoyancy, and the tracks provide motive power.

The most famous such vehicle in World War II was the DUKW Amphibious Truck. It was deployed in the Pacific theatre to establish and supply beachheads. It was designed as a wartime project by Sparkman and Stephens[?], the famous yacht design firm.

See also amphibious assault ship, Schwimmwagen.

External link: http://www.geocities.com/amphicars/

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