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wardog10 Feb 2019 1:32 p.m. PST

guys came across this m3 command halftrack image hope it shows up here

, also have a model of it as well
basically the canvas cover is extended forward over the bonnet ,
question, is this a once off only field mod or were other command m3 halftracks done like this?

FoxtrotPapaRomeo10 Feb 2019 4:53 p.m. PST

Lot of similar finds in Dr Google. BTW Your picture is a Signals vehicle, not necessarily Command vehicle.

Vehicle 4044273 link

Vehicle 40102843 (Canvas extends beyond the cabin) link

Vehicle Z5517301 (cover flush with the cabin but the metal box overhangs) link

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2019 5:15 p.m. PST

I like the bit--I think it's in Robinnett--of hanging the map on the back of the M-3 until the exhaust set the acetate on fire. Armies need a certain amount of practice.

D A THB10 Feb 2019 5:24 p.m. PST

Looks like its a one off conversion. Shame the original image was cropped so you cannot see the rest of the caption. The links FoxtrotPapaRomeo have provided are just standard vehicles. (but you probably know that)

Richard Baber11 Feb 2019 12:45 a.m. PST

On some specialised command variants the actual sides of the track had pop-up extenders which allowed the staff to walk around the track rear with the roof closed (not hunched over).

I`ve seen an image of two such vehicles parked back to back to allow even more space, just stepping from one vehicle to the other.

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2019 2:26 a.m. PST

i based one of our conversions on that very picture!
there does seem to be non 2 the same, they all seem to vary a bit, the british ones however do not seem to extend over the bonnet in all the pics i have found and there are not that many.

Gaz004511 Feb 2019 3:02 a.m. PST

Wonder if it was constructed to fit the canvas tilt? It looks about the size of a Dodge weapons carrier…..

British modifications were mostly plywood and timber framework by unit field shops… activity that continued into the '80's with plywood more to Land Rovers and Bedfords.

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