Photos arrived today from the western front today, otherwise known as Stafford, New York of this 1942 Autocar M3 Half Track. The M3 was produced by all the truck divisions of the White Motor Company including Autocar and Diamond-T. The M3 saw action in nearly every theater of World War II and was used extensively by all Allied forces.
Powered by a White six cylinder gas engine matted to a 4 speed the M3 could carry up to 13 soldiers and their gear. Protection from enemy fire was made possible by 1/4 inch armor plate on sides and rear along with a 1/2 thick windshield plate. Top speed of the half-track was rated at 40 mph.
Nearly 41,000 M3 were built during war time by White and IHC (the M-5) which lead to an extensive long life for the machines during the next three decades. This particular truck was one of 16 units procured from Italy at the end of the war by Dewitt, Inc for use in building projects back in the United States that included the Mt. Morris dam and the New York Thruway.
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