Image: M32 ARV (U.S. Signal Corps)
YearMarch 1944
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced163
Armament1 x 81mm Mortar (+40° to +80°)
1 x .30 cal M1919A4 M.M.G. & 1 x .50 cal M2HB H.M.G
Ammunition Carried20 x 81mm Smoke + 2.500 x .30 cal & 300 x .50 cal
Pay Load[@pay_load]
Towed Load[@towed_load]
Weight28.100 kg
Ground Clearance0.61m
Fording Depth0.91m
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioSCR 508/528/538
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 51mm.
Lower Hull Front: 51mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 38mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 38mm.
Hull Rear: 38mm.
Hull Top: 13mm.
Hull Bottom: 13mm.
Gun Mantlet: 89mm.
Turret Front: 76mm.
Turret Sides: 51mm.
Turret Rear: 51mm.
Turret Top: 25mm.
EngineContinental R975C1 (M32) (Petrol).
GM 6046 (M32
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range124 miles (200 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range86 miles (140 km)
Maximum Road Speed24 mph (39 kph)
Maximum Road Speed + Trailer[@maximum_road_speed_trailer]
Maximum Cross Country Speed15 mph (24 kph)
Maximum Road Towing Speed[@maximum_road_towing_speed]
NotesBy 1943 the M31 tank recovery vehicle were gradually phased out and replaced by a new design based on the M4 medium tank. The new vehicle was called the M32 and featured a fixed turret with a dummy gun. Instead of a crane the M32 had an A-Frame which could be swung forward for heavy lifting or be left down for towing other vehicles, it could lift up to 27.000 kg. A winch was also added to the hull front for direct pulling. It was armed with a .50 cal located on the turret roof and a bow mounted .30 cal. Some variants carried an 81mm mortar was mounted on the hull front and was used to fired smoke rounds. The M32 was also used in the Korean War.