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M4 High Speed Tractor
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:52:41 AM »

The Great War has shown the importance of the artillery mobility  and nations start replacing horses by vehicles to move artillery guns on the battlefield before World War II.

The Americans design a all-terrain vehicle capable of towing heavier guns on all the different combat zones. The Allis-Chalmers company produces a tracked vehicle in 1942 built from the M2 light tank chassis.

Deployed artillery units in 1943, it consists of a large excavator cabin at to the front of the tractor with the gun crew at the rear with space for additional equipment.

Deployed on many fronts, particularly in Normandy during Operation Overlord and during the fighting that followed, the M4 Tractor is used by the U.S. Army until 1960. Several versions are developed as M4C configured for the gunners compartment accommodates extra ammo.

M4 Tractor is also used in other armies after the Second World War such as Brazil, Greece or the Netherlands.

A more powerful version, the M6, ​​is also produced by the Allis-Chalmers company.

 SPECIFICATIONS

M4
Machinery   Waukesha 145GZ inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 210hp
Armament   1x12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun, space for 12 passengers and various cargo
Crew   1
Length   5.23 m
Width   2.46 m
Height   2.51 m
Weight   14.0 t
Speed   53 km/h
Range   290 km
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