Half-track M5 International

History During the war the companies responsible for manufacturing the half-track personnel carriers (White, Autocar, and Diamond T) could not ensure the required production rate. A fourth firm was approached: IHC, International Harvester Company. IHC will build the M5, based on the M3, but with some significant differences. The fenders are made…

Half-track M3 White

History Designed by the manufacturer Diamond T as the Half-track M2, it could carry up to 10 soldiers. Served by a crew of three men, it had a gasoline engine, a 4-speed gearbox and a 4.5 t front winch. The thickness of the armor plates varied between 6.3 and 12.7…

Renault VBL

History This prototype vehicle was studied by SEDEMS : Société d’Etude et de Développement de Matériels Spéciaux.  It is actually part of the RVI group (Renault Vehicules Industriels). It has been developed according to the specifications drafted by the ETAS (Etablissement Technique d’Angers) : beginning of the studies in 1980 and termination…

Pacific M26 n°2

History The US getting prepared for their entry into the war against the Germans, American observers highlighted the need to develop a recovery tractor to clear the tanks and other heavy vehicles immobilized on the battlefield. After many trials, it was decided to design a prototype truck from a 6×6 of the mining firm Knuckey…

Sherman M4A4T n°2

History One of many versions of the Sherman tank, the M4A4 was manufactured by Chrysler Corp. and originally equipped with the “Multibank” engine, the reference of the tank changed post War in the French Army for M4A4 T (T for “transformé”) because it was motorized with a 9-cylinder Continental R-975 C4 radial…

Pacific M26

History The US getting prepared for their entry into the war against the Germans, American observers highlighted the need to develop a recovery tractor to clear the tanks and other heavy vehicles immobilized on the battlefield. After many trials, it was decided to design a prototype truck from a 6×6 of the…

Scout Car White M3A1

History Built in 1938 by the White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the basis of a commercial frame, the prototype led to a fist order for 64 units. The Army decided to adopt an improved version, designated M3A1. The new version had a longer and wider hull. In front…

Ford M8

History In July 1941, the US Ordnance Department launched a call for tenders regarding a 6 wheel armored car, able to replace the antique M6 Farco. Three companies competed : Ford, Chrysler and Studebaker. In april 1942, Ford T22 prototype won the tender, with performances very close to those of its nearest…

Half-track M16 MGMC White

History The story begins with the tests conducted by the US Army in the 1930s to evaluate the performance of the half-track concept. The first standardized series M2 and M3, the M3 with a slightly longer body, resulted from these tests. 41,000 will be produced starting in 1941 by Autocar,…

Sherman M4A4T

History Evolution of different versions of the M4, the M4A4 is the last version produced during WWII (1942). Manufactured by Chrysler Corp. and originally equipped with the “Multibank” engine, the reference of the tank changed post War in the French Army for M4A4 T (T for transformed) because it was motorized with a 9-cylinder “Continental…