M3 Halftrack – ‘Phoenix’
The Halftrack, the workhorse of WWII, saw action in every major theater of conflict. This unique all-terrain vehicle provided maneuverability and cross-country ability for the tracked vehicle. It served many roles depending on its armament and specific variation, including armored infantry transport and fire support.
Its design drew heavily from the M3 White Scout Car. The halftrack served with the 1st Division in WWII from Operation Torch (the invasion of North Africa) to the end of the war as well as with the rest of the military in all other theaters. It would also see use in the Korean War but was phased out of the U.S. military by the late 1950s. However, the halftrack would continue to see service with many foreign armies such as Belgium where our vehicle came from.
Our Halftrack is named ‘Phoenix’ for its rise from the ashes over the years of restoration in the early 1990s. It was mostly built from parts of multiple vehicles and represents a mortar carrier in its current state.
Weight: 20,458lbs (10 tons)
Engine: White 160 AX (147hp output)
Transmission: Spicer 3461: 4-speed, 1 reverse (Hi-Lo transfer)
Crew: 2 (+11)
Top Speed: 45mph
Fuel: 60 gallon with 200-mile max range
Armament: Cab ring-mounted .50cal M2 HMG or .30cal M1919 MGs (depending on variant)
Armor Plating: 0.31in all around
Total Produced: about 41,000 (1942-45)