Piaggio Vespa TAP 56 and 59

France (1956-1960) Anti-Tank Weapon Carrier – 600~800 Built The Piaggio Vespa TAP [Troupes AéroPortées] (English: Airborne troops) 56 and 59 were French-developed military motorbikes, based on the iconic Vespa, Italy’s most famous two-wheeler. The Vespa TAP carried a US M20 75 mm recoilless rifle with the aim of countering enemy light armored vehicles with an…

Renault 4L Sinpar Commando Marine

France (1962-~1966) Air-Transportable 4×4 Car – 10 Purchased During the late 1950s and the 1960s, the French Navy’s airborne services generally found themselves lacking in terms of easily air-transportable vehicles. These were needed to provide a means of quick transportation for airborne navy infantrymen and had to be able to be deployed by helicopters. This…

Citroën 2CV GHAN1

France (1959-1961) Armed Air-Transportable Car – 1 Converted The Citroën 2CV is arguably the most famous French car in history. Designed by Citroën’s vice president in the late 1930s and produced from 1948 onward, the small car was originally conceived to offer a very cheap and simple design for French farmers and rural communities, but…