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Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Apr 2018 10:18 p.m. PST

Hi All -

I came across a pair of pictures on the Imperial War Museum website that appear to show British using M3A1 (or possibly M2A1s) halftracks on the road in Normandy.

The caption reads, "Infantry, half-tracks and Sherman tanks during the advance towards Vassy, 4 August 1944."


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The pictures aren't entirely clear, but based on the fender being the rounded automotive version rather than the flat, pressed steel of the International Harvester versions, I'm inclined to say that these are not M5 or M9s.

Wyatt

Neroon02 Apr 2018 11:31 p.m. PST

Definately M5/M9. If you zoom in you can clearly see that what you took for an automotive style fender is just a rolled up tarp on top of the flat fender. In addition to that look at the view slits in the armored covers for the windshield and doors. On M2/M3 the sliding covers are on the outside, and on M5/M9 they are on the inside.

cheers

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2018 2:08 a.m. PST

yes m5/m9 the mudguards are flat, the british did have some m3's as there are pics of them landing in sicily, but not see any in nwe.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Apr 2018 6:37 p.m. PST

Thanks!

Wyatt

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