Wikipedia:Categorization of military vehicles
|The following is a proposed Wikipedia policy, guideline, or process. The proposal may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption.|
|This page in a nutshell: categorize articles about military vehicles by the type of vehicle (e.g. tank), its country of origin, and the year it entered service.|
When categorizing an article about a type of military vehicle the following characteristics of the vehicle should be considered:
- Type - e.g. tank, armoured personnel carrier, mortar carrier, military light utility vehicle, military motorcycle or military truck. Where a vehicle type has variants adapted for several roles it should only be categorized by the main role for which it was designed - e.g. an APC that has variants used as command vehicles, ambulances etc should be categorized only as an APC.
- Country of origin. This categorization is by the country that developed the type - not by operators of the type. If the type was developed by collaboration between several countries then it should be categorized by each such country.
- Period of introduction - e.g. before World War I, World War I, interwar, World War II, Cold War, post–Cold War. This is by date of entry into service, or (for types that were cancelled) the date of cancellation. Vehicles should not be categorized by the wars/conflicts that they have been used in (such a categorization scheme would cause some vehicles to be in many categories); lists should be used for this purpose (e.g. List of military equipment used in the Korean War#Vehicles).
- Decade of introduction - e.g. 1970–1979. This is by date of entry into service, or (for types that were cancelled) the date of cancellation.
- Mobility - e.g. wheeled, tracked, amphibious or airborne. An article should only be placed in such a category if all/most of the vehicles covered by the article had the characteristic - e.g. some Sherman tanks were amphibious, but the majority were not so the Sherman article should not be in a category for amphibious vehicles. Articles may also be placed in categories such as Category:All-wheel-drive vehicles and Category:Off-road vehicles.
- Manufacturer - e.g. Volkswagen or Rheinmetall. Note: The category tag should be indexed to remove the manufacturers name from the indexing (e.g. see Volkswagen Iltis which says "
[[Category:Volkswagen vehicles|Iltis]]"). Only the original designer/manufacturer should be so categorized - not any other organizations that have manufactured the vehicle under licence.
Many categories cover intersections of the characteristics listed above.
Every article about a military vehicle type should be categorized based on the first four characteristics listed above. This can be achieved using the categories of the types listed below. In this list (which is in approximate order of decreasing importance) links are to example categories.
- A type category - "<Type>" or "<Type> of <country>" or "<Period> <type> of <country>"
- A country category - "Military vehicles of <country>" or "<Type> of <country>" or "<Period> <type> of <country>"
- A period category - "Military vehicles of <period>" or "<Type> of <period>" or "<Period> <type> of <country>"
- A decade category - "Military vehicles <decade>"
Note: Not every type category has a by-country breakdown. So, for example, an article about a tank transporter from Germany should be categorized in Category:Tank transporters, but as that category does not have a by-country breakdown the article should also be placed in Category:Military trucks of Germany.
In addition the article may be in categories of the types listed below (links are to examples).
- "<Mobility> <type>" or "<Mobility> military vehicles" or "<Mobility> vehicles"
- "<Period> military vehicles of <country>"
- "Vehicles introduced in <year>"
Other combinations of characteristics should not be used - e.g. don't combine mobility characteristics with country-of-origin. Vehicle articles should generally not be placed in weapons categories.
Different guidance may apply to articles about specific individual vehicles.
Some aspects of this categorization scheme are aligned with related categories (e.g. aircraft, cars and weapons) to enable the categories to mesh together.
- Note: Does this apply to "unusual" vehicles - armoured trains, military hovercraft, UGVs ?
- Note: An example would be good here.
- Note: this is different to aircraft type articles where such articles are placed in an "international" category.
- Note: The Aircraft WikiProject avoids this problem by having a by-country breakdown for every type, but they do not divide the types up as much as has been done for military (ground) vehicles.
- Note: This type of categorization is little used - phase it out ?