HEMTT, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck...

...Parts 1 & 2, from Tankograd

 

Title: HEMMT, Part 1

Author: Carl Schulze

Publisher: Tankograd

The HEMTT was the subject of an earlier Special from Tankograd but now out of print and it has been expanded with additional material and later variants plus being split across these 2 new volumes.

This first volume starts off with a few pages of text, and as ever, in both German and English languages. It tells us the development story, and certainly for me, hard to believe it first went into service way back in 1982, that's 37 years ago! Then we get a series of sections, each one covering different variants of the truck, starting off with the M977, the basic 10-ton Cargo Truck, complete with load handling crane, and later variants, including the EPP (Electric Power Plant) with generators. Then the M985, very similar but intended primarily as an ammunition carrier for the MLRS system though it is also pictured with the Volcano Multiple-Delivery Mine System.

The M1120 version has a load handling system using pallet racks, capable of carrying a wide variety of loads, many of which we see illustrated.  This volume also includes some 1/35 scale drawings of the M997.

Thanks to UK stockists Bookworld for my example.

Robin

Title: HEMTT, Part 2

Author: Carl Schulz

Publisher: Tankograd

The story continues in volume 2. Again it starts with a few pages of background text, which features additional variants and details on the add-on armour and crew protection kits.

Then we get to the trucks, starting with the M978 Tanker. That's followed by the M983, the tractor unit which is illustrated with articulated trailers such as the Patriot Missile system and associated radar unit, along with assorted heavy equipment trailers. Next, the M984 Wrecker versions, the M1977 which carries the components of the Common Bridging System and all rounded off with HEMTT Firefighting Variants.

In both volumes we see a mix of desert and temperate camouflage colours, along with basic cabs and others fitted with the Crew Protection kits, which change the look of the cab units.

There are a good selection of models of the HEMTT available in 1/35 and 1/72 scales, along with some of my favourites, the 1/87 Minitanks variants.

Thanks to UK stockists Bookworld for my example.

Robin