37mm Gun Motor Carriage M6.

Although it makes for a dramatic picture, the .50cal machine gun mount on the front of this M6 was a field modification added by the Headquarters Company of the 5th Armored Maintenance Battalion. The machine gunner's feet are resting on the self-recovery winch. The fuel tank pressure cap is visible below the axe handle, and a reflector light is aft of the fuel tank cap. Scant protection was offered by the gun shield, but this was the only armor available on the vehicle. An ammunition rack was placed at each corner of the fighting compartment, and the white star is painted on the exterior of one of these racks. A ration box is just in front of this ammo rack, and a fuel container is on the running board in front of the ration box. The windshield is folded forward onto the hood. Note the reversed tread on the front driver's tire. (Picture taken 6 Jun 1943 by Pvt. J.F. Albert; available from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.)

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37mm Gun Motor Carriage M6.

The layout of the fighting compartment and the location of the ammunition racks can be seen in this top down view. A water bucket is stowed on the passenger fender, and rolled blankets for the crew can be seen on the passenger running board. (Picture from Catalogue of Standard Ordnance Items, second edition 1944, volume I: Tank and Automotive.)

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