The Toyota Pickup Truck Is the War Chariot of the Third World — War is…

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The humble Toyota has fought—and won —in of the world’s worst places

For decades, one vehicle has dominated World battlefields.

Ubiquitous and chances are you’re less a mile from one right You could pass one on virtually any in any city in the world and you wouldn’t twice.

The vehicle costs a as much as a modern main tank. In fact, you can buy 266 of them for the of just one tank. Plus more dependable than a easier to maintain.

It’s not by the United States, Russia, China or any of the major arms It’s made by Japan, an pacifist country that the export of arms abroad … to Third World combat

From the deserts of the African to the mountains of Afghanistan, warriors tribesmen to American Special have chosen the Toyota truck as their unarmored carrier of choice.

Syrian with homemade truck-mounted David Axe photo

The unlikely war

There are lots of reasons why pickups have become the combat vehicles of the Third

Poor countries are saturated light pickup trucks. of them were sold new in nations, driven for a while sold abroad. They’re on available to be snatched up by local as needed.

They’re easily acquired, or otherwise. Often they are given to armed groups by governments as “nonlethal aid.” The State Department has donated to the rebel Free Syrian

Pickup trucks’ mobility them ideal for Third warfare. Four-wheel-drives can tackle any terrain. Light trucks weigh much, allowing to cross weak bridges and roads that would be to armored vehicles weighing of tons.

The speed of a pickup is on the battlefield, helping fighters those other hallmarks of World warfare: bad intelligence, leadership, poor planning.

trucks require no special support; any country with gas is, every country on Earth—can them. They don’t fuel like heavy vehicles and they don’t constant maintenance. If a pickup down, parts probably can be And if they can’t, well, just a pickup truck. it. Walk away.

Pickups require special training to Unlike armored vehicles, who already knows how to drive a car can a truck with a machine gun on the back.

They call a “technical,” by the way.

The lack of on a pickup truck isn’t a big problem. Woody Allen said that 80 percent of is just showing up. In the Third most fighting ends it’s clear that one is stronger than the other.

A pickup truck can hustle a machine gun or a squad of armed men to the And if the odds look bad, it can as quickly drive off.

DIS technical escorts U.N. in December 2011. UNHCR

The Toyota War

Between 1978 and Chad and Libya fought a of clashes over a of slice of desert territory known as the Strip. The war sputtered on for nine but what finally turned the was a radical … of genius, today we could call an response to the problem of the Libyan

The Libyan military campaigned in like the conventional force it with Soviet-made T-62 armored personnel carriers, artillery and … jets. By the Chadian army was a ragtag that could never to field the same firepower as the

The Chadians and their French knew there was no chance of N’Djamena’s army into a force equal to the Libyans. So didn’t try.

Instead, the outfitted themselves with 400 pickup trucks. Modified for conditions, the Toyotas each carry half a dozen as long as comfort wasn’t a concern.

Many of the trucks were with machine guns, grenade launchers and MILAN guided missiles. Designed by and France to kill Soviet on the European battlefield, MILANs destroy Libyan armored at ranges of up to 2,000 yards.

long-range and mounting powerful the Chadian trucks were the equivalent of Apache warriors on and armed with Winchester

The Chadians used a combination of tactics and raids to demoralize and Libyan troops. Columns of army Toyotas would in one direction, drawing the attention of the The main Chadian force then approach from the direction and … with destroying the previously invulnerable tanks.

At the Battle of Fada. to 5,000 Chadian troops in pickup trucks defeated a armored brigade, killing 784 and their allies. Nearly 100 tanks and more than 30 personnel carriers were in the fighting. Chadian losses a mere 18 troops and three

Chad scored a similar against the Libyan air base at Doum. The war sputtered to a close the Chadians, overconfident by their impressive string of victories, Libya. The Libyans eventually back the Chadian incursion and victory. But the Aouzou Strip part of Chad.

The introduction of Toyota pickup is considered so influential that the year of the conflict is popularly as “The Toyota War .”

Somali detail in October 2011. Refugee Council photo

Third world toyota pickup

In 1992, Somalia suffered a famine. The United States led a force to protect the flow of aid. This provoked a with Somali warlords.

As and allied troops fanned out the country, they noticed a number of technicals, mostly modified to carry heavy such as machine guns, cannon and recoilless rifles. were silly rumors the auto manufacturer, for some reason, had given the trucks to the warlords.

It was in Somalia that the Toyota pickup—or any armed for that matter—earned the moniker The term is thought to be short for assistance,” a service bought warlords by aid organizations, often in the of armed Toyota trucks to that humanitarian aid reached its

Friction between peacekeepers and warlords sparked repeated and ultimately the infamous “Black Down” incident in 1993. forces battled the Somali the heaviest firepower the militias muster.

Afghan and NATO at Camp Shaheen, Afghanistan on 28, 2010. ISAF Joint photo


After 9/11, Special Forces quickly to Afghanistan but found themselves suitable transportation. They lightweight, highly mobile capable of operating with a of support. The rest of the U.S. was the last place in the world to for help with that.

So the Forces went shopping … in showrooms in North Carolina and Toyota Tacoma trucks modified for Afghanistan by adding cages, machine gun mounts, winches, brush guards and mounts. Infrared headlamps standard headlamps. Some even received Blue Trackers. the U.S. Army’s position-reporting system.

Special liked the Tacomas because were, in their own way,

Toyota pickup trucks the benefit of not looking very which is handy for blending in civilian traffic. The gasoline-engine bought off American lots quieter than the diesel used by local trucks. The were made even with the removal of door seat belt warnings and all lights. The last thing in combat needed was a warning he didn’t have his seat on, or an overhead light automatically on in the dark.

Special Forces Toyotas on the battlefield for several until the increased proliferation of Explosive Devices forced into military-grade mine-protected But Afghan troops still use by the thousands.

The Toyota pickup should no place on the modern battlefield. seemingly the very opposite of a vehicle of war. It’s unarmed in its original format, and didn’t originate from billion-dollar development program run by Martin.

And yet for those very the Toyota thrives on battlefields in countries. The civilian truck has an ideal balance between economic reality and the demands of terrain.

The proliferation of the light truck in Third World is a reminder that people use what they can get their on to get a job done—and that adaptability is one of the important traits of any weapon.

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