Half-track M5 International

History During the war the companies responsible for manufacturing the half-track personnel carriers (White, Autocar, and Diamond T) could not ensure the required production rate. A fourth firm was approached: IHC, International Harvester Company.  IHC will build the M5, based on the M3, but with some significant differences. The fenders are made from a flat…

Renault VBL

History This prototype vehicle was studied by SEDEMS : Société d’Etude et de Développement de Matériels Spéciaux.  It is actually part of the RVI group (Renault Vehicules Industriels). It has been developed according to the specifications drafted by the ETAS (Etablissement Technique d’Angers) : beginning of the studies in 1980 and termination of the project in…

Sherman M4A4 “Champaubert”

History One of many versions of the Sherman tank, the M4A4 was manufactured by Chrysler Corp. and originally equipped with the “Multibank” engine, the reference of the tank changed post War in the French Army for M4A4 T (T for “transformé”) because it was motorized with a 9-cylinder Continental R-975  C4 radial engine . The Multibank…

Pacific M26

History The US getting prepared for their entry into the war against the Germans, American observers highlighted the need to develop a recovery tractor to clear the tanks and other heavy vehicles immobilized on the battlefield. After many trials, it was decided to design a prototype truck from a 6×6 of the mining firm Knuckey…

Ford M8 Light Armored Car

History In July 1941, the US Ordnance Department launched a call for tenders regarding a 6 wheel armored car, able to replace the antique M6 Farco. Three companies competed : Ford, Chrysler and Studebaker.  In april 1942, Ford T22 prototype won the tender, with performances very close to those of its nearest competitor. The 37…

Sherman M4A4

History Evolution of different versions of the M4, the M4A4 is the last version produced during WWII (1942). Manufactured by Chrysler Corp. and originally equipped with the “Multibank” engine, the reference of the tank changed post War in the French Army for M4A4 T (T for transformed) because it was motorized with a 9-cylinder “Continental…

Half-track M16 MGMC White

History The story begins with the tests conducted by the US Army in the 1930s to evaluate the performance of the half-track concept. The first standardized series M2 and M3, the M3 with a slightly longer body, resulted from these tests.  41,000 will be produced starting in 1941 by Autocar, Diamond T and White. The…