Wikipedia:Categorization of military vehicles

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This guidance covers the categorization of military ground vehicles (e.g. tanks, military motorcycles)[1]. For aircraft see WP:AIR/C.

Vehicle characteristics[edit]

When categorizing an article about a type of military vehicle the following characteristics of the vehicle should be considered:


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.

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.[4]

In addition the article may be in categories of the types listed below (links are to examples).

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.


  1. ^ Note: Does this apply to "unusual" vehicles - armoured trains, military hovercraft, UGVs ?
  2. ^ Note: An example would be good here.
  3. ^ Note: this is different to aircraft type articles where such articles are placed in an "international" category.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Note: This type of categorization is little used - phase it out ?