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Who was issued with the M9 half-track

 
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Richard B.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:31 pm    Post subject: Who was issued with the M9 half-track Reply with quote

I have a M9 half-track (from S&S). and I was wondering which allied armies were issued with this version (or were they all)?

Did the French armoured divs get M9s? (particulary Leclerc`s 2nd Div).

Also the model comes without pulpit does this make any difference?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have some for my Soviets WWII don't know if it is historic, but it looks ok to me.. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Who was issued with the M9 half-track Reply with quote

Richard B. wrote:


Also the model comes without pulpit does this make any difference?

Thanks

Richard B.


Hmmm

http://afvdb.50megs.com/usa/halftrackm9.html

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No half-track cars M9 were produced, as the .50cal ring mount modifications had been approved before production began. The M9A1's...


So it would appear it does make a difference
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK so we assume its a M9 without pulpit is there any reason why I can`t use this one for French 2nd armoured in 1944?

I`m assiuming from what I`ve read that the M9 was just an M3 with rounded corners at the rear, slightly different fenders on the front wheels and built by International Harvester instead of White or GM - is this correct?

If I am correct this could therefore mean a replacement M3 could be an M9 - whatever came off the boat.........
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard, This is what the Bellona book on US half-tracks (Ellis and Chamberlain 1978) has to say about it. The M9A1. This was the Int-Harvester Coy version of the M2A1, fitted with seats for 10 men. It was provided with the M49 gun ring mount for a cal .50 MG and three fixed pintle sockets for a cal .30 MG. It was also equipped with a radio mast and a rear door. This vehicle was developed as the M9 , but the designation was changed to M9A1 before production began, by the fitting of the M49 ring mount. Some 3,433 vehicles were produced. These vehicles were the main type supplied to the Brit army, where they were reworked to seat 13 men.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could it not be an m5 HT? I believe it also had the rounded rear corners and the simplified fenders
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I`ve just re-read Shaun`s own blub on the M9 -

"used by the British, Russian and French armies as a gun tractor and standard APC. The same roles as the similar M5 half track, the only difference was in the internal layout."

Sorted............. Cool

Thanks for your input lads.
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