Light Tank M3A1 Stuart in El Salvadoran Service

Republic of El Salvador (1944) Light Tank – 6 Operated Sandwiched between the Pacific on its south, Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the east, the nation of El Salvador is tiny. In 1969, this nation consisted of about 3.4 million people living on 21,000 square kilometers – slightly smaller than the US State…

‘Mazzinger-Z’ and ‘Astroboy’

Republic of El Salvador (1979-~1992) Armored Trucks – 20+ Built Context Following the 1969 invasion of Honduras, arms sanctions were placed on El Salvador, significantly limiting its access to arms and armored vehicles. The result was that, throughout the 1970s, a series of improvised armored vehicles were manufactured, most notably by the Maestranza de la…

Cashuat

Republic of El Salvador (1985-Present) Light Assault Vehicle – 66 Built El Salvador is a small and relatively poor nation. Despite a successful agricultural sector producing coffee, the wealth from this crop remained with the elites in the government and, as a result, the peasantry of the nation grew increasingly frustrated at the lack of…

Marenco M114 in El Salvadoran Service

Republic of El Salvador (1976) Armored Fighting Vehicle – 23 Converted Following the invasion of Honduras by El Salvador in July 1969, the nation was placed under a strict arms embargo which lasted until 1979. Many weapons were still obtained during this time, including heavy mortars (UMB-59 120mm heavy mortars) as well as anti-aircraft guns…

Rayos and Ninas

Republic of El Salvador (1969-1975) Armored Truck – 20 Built (Rayos), At Least 5 Built (Ninas) The Hundred Hours War, sometimes referred to as the Football War, between El Salvador and Honduras did little except worsening tensions between the two countries. El Salvador, the smaller but more densely populated nation, had invaded its larger neighbour…