Image: M5A1 Half-Track (Flames of War)
YearDecember 1942
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced4.625
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 Sight6.15m
Secondary Armament3 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Guns
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried700 x .50 cal & 4000 x .30 cal
Combat Weight9.300 kg
Ground Clearance0.28m
Fording Depth0.81m
Trench Crossing0.76m
Obstacle Clearance0.30m
Climbing Ability31°
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 15.9mm.
Lower Hull Front: 7.9mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 7.9mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 7.9mm.
Hull Rear: 7.9mm.
Hull Top: Open.
Hull Bottom: 7.9mm.
Hood: 7.9mm
EngineInternational Harvester RED-450-B (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range198 miles (230 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range175 miles (282 km)
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed42 mph (68 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed7 mph (12 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
Quantity: 2.959
Year: October 1943
M49 ring mount for .50 cal M2HB Heavy Machine Gun plus three fixed Pintle Sockets for extra .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Guns
NotesIn 1942 the demand for more half-tracks increased and International Harvester was brought in to produce stakes, the new M5 had a similar external appearance to the M3 but with rounded corners but had a different internal layout similar to that of the M2. It functioned as an Infantry carrier and allocated for distribution to allied nations on lend-lease.