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|Landing Ship Medium|
|Role||Amphibious assault ship|
|No. of positions||6|
|Position 2||Dual Bofors 40mm|
|Position 3||20mm Oerlikon|
|Position 4||20mm Oerlikon|
|Position 5||20mm Oerlikon|
|Position 6||20mm Oerlikon|
The Landing Ship Medium is an American amphibious assault ship.
The Landing Ship Medium (LSM) was what its name tell: a medium sized landing ship, filling the gap between the smaller Landing Craft Tank (LCT) and the larger Landing Ship Tank (LST). Developed for the war in the Pacific, the type has been mass produced for the U.S. Navy between May 1944 and November 1945 with 498 units completed, plus another 60 ones which served as swimming rocket platforms to support the landings with a devastating rocket barrage. The transport versions were capable of loading five medium tanks and accomodate their crews, or six LVT. The vehicles could leave the cargo bay through a large ramp at the bow. LSM had a second anchor at the rear which allowed them to pull themselves off shore when they have unloaded their cargo. They took part in any larger amphibious operation of the U.S. Navy from mid 1944 on to the end of the war.
In Battlegroup42, the LSM is a formidable base for landing operations, providing the attackers with tanks and screen them agains enemy aircraft. It offers six positions for players: The helmsman steers the boat and controls the bow ramp. There are one twin Bofors L/40 40mm AA gun and four 20mm Oerlikon guns for anti-air defense as well as for suppressing any soft-skinned targets near the shoreline.