Image: M3A1 Half-Track (Flames of War)
YearMay 1941
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced9.485
Crew3 (Commander, Driver & Assistant Driver + 10 Troops)
Main Armament1 x .50 cal Heavy Machine Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight6.16m
Secondary Armament3 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Gun
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried700 x .50 cal & 4000 x .30 cal
Combat Weight9.100
Ground Clearance0.28m
Fording Depth0.81m
Trench Crossing0.76m
Obstacle Clearance0.30m
Climbing Ability31°
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 13mm.
Lower Hull Front: 6.4mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 6.4mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 6.4mm.
Hull Rear: 6.4mm.
Hull Top: Open.
Hull Bottom: 6.4mm.
Hood: 6.4mm.
EngineWhite 160AX (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range198 miles (320 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range175 miles (282 km)
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed45 mph (72 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed9 mph (15 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
Quantity: 2.862
Year: October 1943
Ring Mount and Pulpit for .50 cal M2HB Heavy Machine Gun plus three Pintles for extra .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Guns
NotesThe US army expressed the need for a personnel carrier, so they developed the chassis that had been used on the M2 half-track and merged it with a new hull, resulting vehicle was built by White, Autocar and Diamond T and called the M3. It had a longer body than the M2 and could carry a full twelve men Infantry Squad. Unlike the earlier M2 it had rear door access and replaced the skate rail with a pedestal mounted heavy machine gun. The M3 saw extensive service in World War Two and also saw action in the Korean War.