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M5A2 Half Track
United States' M5A2 Half Track
M5A2 Half Track
United States' M5A2 Half Track

Design

With the large allied demand of half tracks the U.S. Army had International Harvester produced these and the M9's for Lend Lease.7

Very similar to M2s & M3s, however the bodies had rounded rear corners while the M2 & M3 were square.7

The mudguards in the front were flat.7

Production

  • M5: 1521
    • Manufacturer: International1
    • Production: April 1942 - October 19437
  • M5A1: 1,8597, 4,8281
    • Manufacturer: International1
    • Production: October 1943 - December 19437
  • Total: 9,2917
    • Manufacturer: International Harvester Company (IHC)7
    • Production: April 1942 - June 19457

Variants

  • M5: Entered service in December 1942.7
  • M5A1: Similar to M3A1. Added M49 ring mount.7 Could carry 13.
  • M5A2: Similar to M3A2. Same variable stowage arrangements.

Usage

A large user of the M5 series was the Soviet Union.7

Royal Engineers

The Royal Engineers (RE) and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) used numerous M5s.7 The were used until 1966.7

Specifications

  M5
Crew Commander, driver
37
Passengers 107
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 20,500 lb
10.5 tons7
10,668 kg7
Length 20' 9"7
6.33 m7
Length w/roller 20' 2 3/16"
Length w/winch 20' 9 1/16"
Height 7' 7"7
2.31 m7
Width 7' 2 7/8", 7' 3"7
2.21 m7
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 11 3/16"
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main .50 cal Browning M2-HB
0.5" Browning MG7
12.7 mm Browning MG7
Secondary  
MG .30 cal Browning M1919A4
3: 0.3" Browning MG7
3: 7.62 mm Browning MG7
Side arms 22 grenades
26 anti-tank mines
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG 4,000
Side arms 540
Armor Thickness (mm) 107
Hull Front, Upper 16
Hull Front, Lower 8
Hull Sides, Upper 8
Hull Sides, Lower 8
Hull Rear 8
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom 8
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) International RED 450B7
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 67
Capacity  
Net HP 1437
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 4 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline7
Octane  
Quantity 60 gallons
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 38 mph7, 42 mph
61 kph7
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 125 miles7, 250 miles
201 km7
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius 59'
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 2' 8"
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle 1'
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side 4
Return rollers each side 1
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 1'
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  M5A1
Crew  
Passengers  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 21,500 lb
Length  
Height 9' 0:
Width  
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  M5A2
Crew  
Passengers  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 22,500 lb
Length  
Height 9' 0:
Width  
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. British and American Tanks of World War Two, The Complete Illustrated History of British, American, and Commonwealth Tanks 1933-1945, Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, 1969
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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  5. Tank Data 2, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, E. J. Hoffschmidt and W. H. Tantum IV, 1969
  6. M3 Infantry Half-Track 1940-73, Steven J. Zaloga, 1994
  7. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
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