Convertible Medium Tank M1, turreted.

This vehicle is prepared for wheeled movement. The tracks are stowed above and below the fenders by chains. Note that the driver has a steering wheel for wheeled travel, and that the front road wheels are turning towards the camera. When the tracks were installed steering was performed by levers and the steering wheel was removed from the steering column, while a lock prevented the steering column from turning the front road wheels. Although not mounted, the .50cal machine gun would be on the turret's right side, and the .30cal MG would be on the turret's left. The assistant driver's hatch is open as well, but the bow machine gun prevents him from having a hatch in the sloping front plate. (Picture from Development of Armored Vehicles, volume 1: Tanks.)

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Convertible Medium Tank M1, turreted.

The tracks are installed on the vehicle in this shot. (Picture from Tank Data, vol. 1.)

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Convertible Medium Tank M1, barbette.

The barbette superstructure is shown here. A .30cal machine gun was mounted in each side and the rear of the superstructure in addition to the twin machine guns mounted in the front. The bow machine gun was also retained. The turreted vehicles were initially designated as the convertible medium tank T4 and the barbette-topped tanks were T4E1, but in spring 1939 both types were standardized as M1. (Picture from Development of Armored Vehicles, volume 1: Tanks.)

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