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DukeWacoan Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Jan 2023 9:40 a.m. PST

I am looking at M-15 and M-16s used in Sicily and Italy 1943.

Can someone give me a good source in terms of armament and armor?

I am looking at the following units -
534th AA Bn
545th AA Bn
630th AA Bn
451st AA Bn
216th AA Bn (I have this as 37mm AA towed)

StarCruiser24 Jan 2023 10:48 a.m. PST

I assume you mean the half-tracks:

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Both have the standard 1/2 inch armor plate, just enough to stop rifle caliber bullets.

The M15 packed a M1 37mm gun and machine guns, the M16 was armed with the frightening quad-50 caliber mount.

Both were okay-ish in the anti-air role (close range) and deadly against troops and lightly armored vehicles.

DukeWacoan Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Jan 2023 10:53 a.m. PST

Some rulesets have the M-16 with a substantially higher armor rating, and that did not make sense to me.

HairiYetie25 Jan 2023 4:23 a.m. PST

Hi Duke. This website shows M15 and M16 having same armour type (face hardened) and thickness.

afvdb.50megs.com/usa/index.html

The armour on the M17 (same as M16 but based on M5) was not face hardened but approx 25% thicker.

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