Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The longer body on this vehicle is obvious when the rear is compared to that of the half-track car M2. This vehicle is fitted with the demountable headlights, mine racks, and 5-gallon (19L) water containers on each side of the cowl. A .30cal machine gun is mounted on the pedestal in the passenger compartment. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

This half-track is fitted with a front winch and a double-coil idler spring. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

All stowage compartments on this half-track are open. The seats have stowage under them, as well as the floor. The vehicle's fuel tanks are near the front, and a .30cal machine gun is mounted on its pedestal. Rifle clips are also visible around the edge of the passenger compartment. This vehicle is fitted with the small, demountable headlights. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The stowage compartments are closed in this view, showing us the seating arrangement with three men in the cab and ten in the rear. Rolled blankets could be stowed in the seat cushions. (Picture from Standard Nomenclature List G-102.)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

Deatils of the rear suspension are visible in this picture. This vehicle is fitted with the double-coil spring-loaded idler wheel. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The bogies have been dismounted from the vehicle, and parts of the assembly are detailed here. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The rear driving axle is illustrated in this picture. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The M2 and M3 half-tracks had twin bumperettes made out of channel steel and attached to the rear of the chassis. Half-tracks made by International Harvester mounted bumpers of a different design. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The left side of the White 160AX engine is shown here. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The right side of the engine is shown here. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

Details of the Tulsa Model 18G are illustrated in this image. It was equipped with a safety brake that would hold the load whenever power was cut off from the winch. Forward or reverse direction for the winch was determined by the position of the power take-off lever in the cab. Once the cable was hooked to a load, the winch drum clutch was engaged, the vehicle clutch pedal was depressed, the power take-off lever was shifted into forward, and then the vehicle clutch pedal was slowly released. The winch speed was then determined by the vehicle accelerator pedal. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

A sectionalized view of the winch is shown here, illustrating how the power take-off engaged the winch gearing. (Picture from Standard Nomenclature List G-102.)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

This view is looking forward into the cab footwell with the floorplates removed. The propeller shaft brake assembly was a brake disc that served as the vehicle's parking brake. The legend is as follows: A. Clutch release lever. B. Bell housing. C. Power take-off shift lever. D. Transmission shift lever. E. Hand brake lever. F. Shift lever connecting link. G. Transfer case shift lever. H. Front axle shift lever. I. Speedometer cable coupling. J. Transmission support spring. K. Power take-off assembly. L. Transmission case protector. M. Propeller shaft brake assembly. N. Spring pressure plate. O. Brake disc. P. Propeller shaft. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3.

The underside of the front axle, including the power take-off shaft to the winch, is shown here. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3A1 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

This M3A1 is armed with a .50cal machine gun mounted on the M49 ring mount above the cab, but the mount and passenger compartment are covered. A mount for a .30cal MG can be seen peeking through where the canvas cover has parted. This vehicle retains the large fender-mounted headlights, and mine racks are mounted on the sides of the passenger compartment. The fenders are thick in cross-section, and the batteries are housed in the box below the right-side door. This half-track has the double-coil spring loaded idler wheel. The shutter in the folding window armor of the doors is mounted on the outside of the armor when it is raised. On half-tracks built by International Harvester, the shutter would be on the inside of the armor when it is in the raised position; i.e., the shutter mounting would be visible when the armored flap is folded down like in this view.

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3A1 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

The .50cal MG ring mount did not stretch all the way across the driver's compartment. A stowage rack for a water or fuel can can be seen above the axe on the passenger door, and details of the early headlight mounting can be seen.

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3A1 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

Details of the drive sprocket can be seen in this image.

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Half-track Personnel Carrier M3A1 at the World War II Vehicle Museum and Learning Center.

This half-track is fitted with the late-production double-coil spring loaded idler wheel. The earlier single-coil mechanism was a quick-fix until the double-coil design could be put into production.

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