M3 Half-Track

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A WWII U.S. Army M3 Half-track picture from Wikipedia.

A drawing of an M3 Half-track with a Browning machine gun.

The M3 Half-track was an armored vehicle that was used by the Allies to transport troops and supplies during WWII.

These high-mobility armored vehicles were capable of seating a 13-man squad (10 seats in the back, 3 in the front) with supplies, though the outside of the half-track was often used for storage as well.

M3’s came equipped with a mount for a .50 caliber Browning machine gun, and the later version, the M3A1, had a raised, shielded mount for the same weapon. The M3A1 could also have two .30 caliber Brownings mounted alongside the passenger compartment.

Between 1942 and 1943, all M3 half-tracks were continually upgraded to M3A1’s.

The M3 could travel 45mph, and could cover 175 miles before needing to be refueled. This vehicle is not often seen in Allied Assault, and it is never armed with a weapon. It is first seen parked in a garage during Lt. Powell’s basic training.

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