The most popular of the semi-tracked vehicles of the World War II – M3 (Half-Track Personal Carrier GMC)

The M3 half-track was an American armored personnel carrier half-track widely used by the Allies during World War II and in the Cold War. Derived from the M2 half-track car, the M3 was extensively produced, with about 15,000 standard M3s and more than 38,000 variant units manufactured.

The M3 was extensively modified with several dozen variant designs produced for different purposes. During World War II, the M3 and its variants were supplied to the U.S. Army and Marines, as well as British Commonwealth and Soviet Red Army forces, serving on all major fronts throughout the war. The M3 and its variants were produced by many manufacturers including Diamond T, White Motor Company, and Autocar. They were adapted for a wide variety of uses, such as a self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon or self-propelled artillery. Although initially unpopular due to its lack of significant armor or a roof to protect the crew from shrapnel, it was used by most of the Allies during the war.

In the Cold War era, the vehicle was used by a variety of state and non-state operators in conflicts in South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, remaining in service until as late as the mid-1990s.

Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment, Moscow

Years of production: 1941-1945

Country of Origin: USA

Issued: 31176 items

Weight: 9 t

Power: 147 hp

Speed: 72 km / h

Crew: 3 persons

Manufacturers: Autocar, Diamond T, White Motor Company

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