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How do you recognize Half-Tracks variants?
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the_shadock
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:30 am
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Hello,

While updating the France AFVs register, a question went into my mind : How do you recognize Half-Tracks variants, such as M3 White, M5 International etc.. Are there external elements which allow you to recognize the variant without any doubt?

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The difference between M2/3's and M5/9's is pretty easy. The fenders are shaped different and the rear of the troop compartments are shaped different. The M5/9's have a flat shaped fender and the troop compartment is curved in the rear.
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Oki, now I perfectly see the difference between M2/M3 and M5/M9, thanks. Any possibility to recognize an M2 from an M3?

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Yes,

the M2 has a step between the end of the fighting compartment and the fender, the M3 has a flush end, the fighting compartment ends with the fender. Also, unmodified, the M2 has side stowage doors behind the driver doors, but this is a feature that was deleted occasionally during refits, rebuilts and modifications.

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Many thanks to tanker2010 and Jens for the information.

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