Half-track Car M9A1.

Although analogous to the half-track Car M2A1, the M9A1 featured a personnel-carrier-length body and lacked the side ammunition stowage compartments. The ring mount for the .50cal MG dominates the front right corner of the vehicle, and the outline of a rear door can be seen in the rear of the passenger compartment. The top support of the mine racks on IHC half-tracks attaches to the rear of the body, as opposed to M2- and M3-based vehicles. (Picture from TM 9-707 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (IHC).)

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Half-track Car M9A1.

The attachment of the mine racks can be better discerned in this picture. The rolled nature of the armor of the IHC half-tracks necessitated additional support for the mine racks. (Picture courtesy 8Hussar Ottawa.)

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Half-track Car M9A1.

Although lacking seat cushions, the position of the personnel can be gleaned from this image. The driver sat left front, there were two other men in the cab beside him, one man sat behind the central man in the cab (his seat back is folded down), and on each side of the rear compartment were three inward-facing seats that used the fuel tanks for backrests. (Picture courtesy 8Hussar Ottawa.)

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Half-track Car M9A1.

The IHC half-tracks used an engine produced by that company. The RED-450-B could hold 10.5 quarts (~10L) of oil, and the engine weighed 1250lb (567kg) with accessories. (Picture from TM 9-707 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (IHC).)

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