The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century. A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The nation continues to make an impressive recovery. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states. - US CIA World Factbook


Marmon Herrington CTVL---Photo from "Staff Cars", by David Fletcher, Shire Album No. 245, Shire Publications, 1990. - Contributed by Dr. Alberto Corradine
Marmon Herrington CTVL

Purchased in 1938, this was a 2 man light tank without a turret. This tank could probably obtain the title of "cutest tank in the world" if such a title existed.


Marmon Herrington CTMS-1BT1- Photo courtesy of Dr. André Louis Maurois.
Marmon Herrington CTMS-ITBI

Purchased in 1941, this was a 3 man light medium tank.


Mexican M3A1 - Photo contribution by Victor Vargas.---Mexican M3A1 - Photo contribution by Victor Vargas.---US "Stuart" M3A1. 15 September 1979. - Photo provided by Dr. André Louis Maurois.---15 September 1959 - Photo courtesy of Dr. André Louis Maurois.

Mexican M3A2 Stuart retired by the 2nd Mechanized regiment of the Mexican army as seen at the SEDENA (National Defense Department). - From the photo collection of Rodolfo Torres Vazquez.---Mexican M3A2 Stuart retired by the 2nd Mechanized regiment of the Mexican army as seen at the SEDENA (National Defense Department). - From the photo collection of Rodolfo Torres Vazquez.---Mexican M3A2 Stuart retired by the 2nd Mechanized regiment of the Mexican army as seen at the SEDENA (National Defense Department). - From the photo collection of Rodolfo Torres Vazquez.
American M3A1 Stuart Light Tank

Purchased in 1943, this was a 4 man light tank. Mexican M3A1 and M5A1 light tanks, together with the M8 SPG and M8 Greyhounds served with the 12th cavalry regiment in Chiapas, some of these vehicles bore the brunt of the Zapatist-attack in 1994 until reinforcments arrived. The Mexican tanks in Chiapas where posted there not to counter any rebel movment but the refrain Guatamala from staging an invasion. Guatamala and Mexico have an longstanding frontier-dispute over the Chiapas territory.


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American M4 Sherman Medium Tank

Purchased in 1945, this was a 5 man medium tank. Exact model is unknown.


Photo contribution by Mario Alejandro Martinez Hernandez---A Mexican hybrid - DN5 Caballo with a M8 75mm turret - Photo from Vicente Romero library. Photo research thanks to Daniella Carlsson.
American M8 Stuart SPG

In 1996, five M8 75mm SPG were in service with the Mexican army, they received new engines were and slightly upgraded in mid eighties.


Photo contribution by Mario Alejandro Martinez Hernandez
American M32 Recovery Vehicle

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American M5 Stuart Light Tank

Mexican M3A1 and M5A1 light tanks, together with the M8 SPG and M8 Greyhounds served with the 12th cavalry regiment in Chiapas, some of these vehicles bore the brunt of the Zapatist-attack in 1994 until reinforcments arrived. The few M5A1 Stuarts operational and in service by 1996 where slightly upgraded and had new engines installed in the mid eighties.


Photo taken 15 September 1984. - Photo taken by Dr. Georg V. Rauch and provided by Dr. André Louis Maurois.---Photo taken 15 September 1985. - Photo taken by Dr. Georg V. Rauch and provided by Dr. André Louis Maurois.
American M8 Greyhound

Mexican M3A1 and M5A1 light tanks, together with the M8 SPG and M8 Greyhounds served with the 12th cavalry regiment in Chiapas, some of these vehicles bore the brunt of the Zapatist-attack in 1994 until reinforcments arrived. In the begining or middle of the ninties there where 40 greyhounds in inventory. These vehicles had new engines installed and the 37mm guns where repleaced with 7.62mm guns, a 20mm gun or  a 60mm mortar.


Photo taken by Dr. Georg V. Rauch and provided by Dr. André Louis Maurois.
American M3A1 Scout Cars

Data is unknown.


M2A1 - Photo taken in 1996 - Photo contribution by Daniella Carlsson.
U.S. M2A1 Half-Track

50 where recieved in 1960s and of those 32 where modernized in the 80s and 90s. They have since all received new engines. Used as transport vehicle, suggestions have been made to turn them into mortar carriers and support vehicles with pintle mounted mk4 20 mm guns.


This photo was taken on 15 September 1986. - Photo research by Dr. Georg V. Rauch. Photo courtesy of Dr. André Louis Maurois.
U.S. M5 Half-Track

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Photo from "Staff Cars", by David Fletcher, Shire Album No. 245, Shire Publications, 1990. - Contributed by Dr. Alberto Corradine.---Photo from "Staff Cars", by David Fletcher, Shire Album No. 245, Shire Publications, 1990. - Contributed by Dr. Alberto Corradine
German Tempo G1200

The caption under the photo above says it all!


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