I was commissioned an armor officer in June 1966, and I have first hand knowledge and practical application of tactical wheel vehicles in Vietnam. I would not take myself, or anyone else, too seriously about the martial end-use of such, or any other, tactical vehicle. They can be appreciated for their engineering technology without dwelling on their end-use. They can be appreciated and enjoyed for their engineering innovations that they are.
After leaving the Army, I followed the development of the HMMWV from two disparate perspectives: Armor Magazine, a journal for former Cavalry and Armor Officers and various automotive journals for gear heads. [My bona fides for the latter: Hagerty currently insures; a 1973 Corvette Convertible, 1980 Corvette Coupe, 1984 El Camino, and a 2004 Corvette Z06 LeMans Edition. And until relocating to New Mexico a couple years ago, a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner and 1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible as well.] They were designed and developed to replace a number of tactical wheel vehicles in military inventory; M151 1/4 Ton GPV, 3/4 Ton ambulances, weapons carriers, commo carriers, and so on.
I saw my first H1 after they were released, and it was a diesel wagon. It was exactly what I would have bought – if I were to buy one. Which I wouldn’t have because I already had a 4x4 PU to suit my purposes more comfortably and for a lot less money. Albeit, with the same atrocious fuel mileage, but I appreciated and liked it as an automotive marvel. So did a recent veteran of the Gulf War. He was admiring the Hummer’s shiny paint and more refined interior who said to the approaching owner, “… want me to show you where we mounted the machine gun pintle?” Now, that was cool.
H2 and H3, not so much. Those are strictly for soccer moms and wannabes.