Mechanized:  M3 Halftrack - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

Mechanized: M3 Halftrack - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

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M3/M5 Halftrack Personnel Carrier

Light & Early Medium Tanks & TD’s

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M3/ M5 Halftrack Personnel Carrier

9.1-9.3 t

1x.50 & 2x.30

45 pmh (68 km/h)

3+10 Infantrymen

 

 

M3/M5 Halftrack Personnel Carrier

 

ID: Plastic Tank gaming piece: US M5 Halftrack personnel carrier piece from the game Axis & Allies Europe 40-2nd Ed& Pacific 40-2nd Ed.

 

The Story of the US Halftracks: Just as the Germans had their Sd. Kfz. 251 large & 250 small halftracks, the US had its M3 large and M2 small halftracks.  In fact, the US, with its vast industrial potential, produced about three times as many of them!  The most-produced model was the M3 Halftrack Personnel Carrier; about 43,000 were produced of just that model alone.  It was designed by the White Corporation and based on as many existing components as possible from their commercial trucks and their M3 Scout Car & M2 Halftrack Car to help improve its mass-production capability.  With almost half-again as much horsepower and weighing about the same as its German arch-rival, the Sd. Kfz.251, it was, just as you would expect, capable of going at least half again as fast!  With White unable to manufacture them fast enough to keep up with Army demands, several other companies began manufacturing additional M3’s, M2’s and specialist variants of each. The M5 was a very similar (visually almost identical) vehicle manufactured by International Harvester Corporation with a different engine and slightly thicker armor.  International also produced a smaller version, the M9, which had the same relationship to the M5 as the M2 had to the M3.  These International-made versions were primarily produced for the Lend-Lease program, so they could be seen in large numbers in British/ Commonwealth and Soviet service as well!

 

Usage Notes: Use this piece for “Global 1939” and “Invasion of Italy” Variants as a mechanized infantry unit.  Other US Pieces of interest may be: the 105 mm Howitzer & the M4 Sherman Tank.  Other halftracks of interest may be: the German Sd. Kfz. 251 Halftrack & the Soviet ZIS-42 Halftrack.

5 Stars
Nice to have around
These are not nearly as nice as the ones made by HBG, but it's still nice to have some extras laying around.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from St. Louis. on 2/11/2018
5/5
5 Stars
Mister
Suitable, matches other units.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Virginia. on 11/25/2017
5/5
5 Stars
M3 USA or Lend Lease
Decently detailed miniature no matter which color you use. Takes paint well and is very solid not fragile. These are well scaled.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from FL. on 3/24/2017
5/5
5 Stars
M3/M5 Halftrack Personnel Carrier
These additional pieces are really fantastic! very well made and detailed. He just felt the need, especially for some theaters of war such as the eastern front, or the one in the Pacific. A must try! Roberto, Naples, Italy 11/10/2013
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Napoli, Italia. on 10/11/2013
5/5
5 Stars
none
Great Piece
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Reviewed by:  from Appomattox Va. on 4/17/2013
5/5

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