|Date of first acceptance||January 1942||Total acceptances||324
(90 converted to M3A1 personnel carriers)
|Manufacturer||Diamond T Motor Car Co.||Crew||
|Howitzer overhang forward||0"|
|Width over side armor||77.25"
|105mm Howitzer M2A1||Mount T2||8 rounds||40°
(20° left and right;
|+35° to -5°
|.50cal M2HB MG||Flexible on pedestal mount||300 rounds||360°
|Rolled face-hardened steel|
|Location||Thickness||Angle from vertical|
|Engine||White 160AX; 6 cylinder, 4 cycle, in-line gasoline|
|Horsepower||Net: 147@3000rpm||Torque||Net: 325 ft-lb@1200rpm||Fuel capacity||60gal
|Transmission||Spicer 3461 constant mesh, 4 speeds forward, 1 reverse|
|Type||Road wheels||Track return rollers|
|Front: Semi-elliptic longitudinal leaf spring
Rear: Vertical volute spring
|Front: Steel ventilated disc
Rear: 1 bogie/track;
|Drive sprockets||Idlers||Shock absorbers||18-tooth front drive||Adjustable fixed at rear of track||On front wheels|
|Center guide band type|
|Pitches/track||58||Track ground contact length||46.75"
|Max level road speed||45mph
|Max vertical obstacle||12"
|Min turning diameter||59'
|Max fording depth||32"
|Cruising range||~200mi, roads
The T19 was based on the half-track M3, and was set up much like the 75mm GMC M3, with the cab roof removed and the windshield cover folding forward over the hood. The T2 mount involved using parts of the howitzer carriage M2, but incorporated some redesigns to spread the recoil force over a larger area. Nonetheless, the half-track's frame had to be strengthened to prevent sagging. A howitzer shield was fitted, and this was hinged in the middle to present a lower height when not in use. Early vehicles retained the large fender-mounted headlights.
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