Today in WW II: 30 Apr 1940 Two killed on the ground in Clacton-on-Sea by the crash of a German Heinkel aircraft, England's first civilian casualties of the war.  More 
30 Apr 1945 Germans abandon Stalag Luft I -- near Barth, Germany -- as advancing Russian forces near, liberating nearly 9,000 Allied airmen imprisoned there.
30 Apr 1945 American troops enter Munich, Germany, the Bavarian capital, finding the city largely destroyed and undefended.
30 Apr 1945 Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his bunker in Berlin.
30 Apr 1945 Following Hitler's suicide, Adm. Karl Dönitz succeeds him as President of Germany while Joseph Göbbels succeeds as Chancellor.
30 Apr 1945 Soviet flag raised over the Reichstag in Berlin.
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IH M-3-4 1 1/2-ton 4x4 Truck

The International Harvester M-3-4 1 1/2-ton 4x4 Truck was produced for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from 1941 to 1944, during World War II. It was similar to the IH M-2-4 One Ton 4x4 Cargo Truck, but with a larger carrying capacity and a spare tire carried horizontally, behind the driver's door.

The M-3-4 1 1/2-ton 4x4 Cargo Truck was powered by a 6 cylinder OHV gasoline engine with a five speed transmission and a two speed transfer case.

There are three body variants of the M-3-4 truck. The M-3-4 had the standard cargo body while the M-3H-4 and M-3L-4 were the same cab and chassis carrying a US Navy designated fire/crash truck body, tank and pump. The fire/crash equipment was added to the trucks by IH sub-contractors (Beab/AMF), after which the US Navy designation for the truck was FFN-3.

Military trucks produced by International Harvester in the World War II era used a three part model number: M for Military, a second number indicating how many half-tons of off-road capacity, and a third number indicating the number of driven wheels. Example: M-2-4 is a one-ton model, 4x4. In some cases, an additional letter was inserted to further specify the model.

IH M-3-4 1 1/2-ton 4x4 Photo Gallery

Passing in review in the activation parade of the 2d Marine Division are IHC M-3-4 1 1/2-ton 4x4 cargo trucks of the 10th Marines carrying twin .50-caliber water-cooled machine guns on antiaircraft mounts, Camp Elliott, near San Diego, CA, 1 Feb 1941
Passing in review in the activation parade of the 2d Marine Division are IHC M-3-4 1 1/2-ton 4x4 cargo trucks of the 10th Marines carrying twin .50-caliber water-cooled machine guns on antiaircraft mounts, Camp Elliott, near San Diego, CA, 1 Feb 1941. .

US Navy International Harvester FFN-3 Class Fire and Crash truck built on the M-3L-4 chassis, 1 1/2-ton 4x4, circa 1941-42
US Navy International Harvester FFN-3 Class Fire and Crash truck built on the M-3L-4 chassis, 1 1/2-ton 4x4, circa 1941-42.

IH M-3L-4 with cargo body.  Photo: Courtesy Jim Rice. Thanks to Sean Nichols for correct ID. Truck now owned by Timothy Smith
IH M-3L-4 with cargo body. Photo: Courtesy Jim Rice. Thanks to Sean Nichols for correct ID. Truck now owned by Timothy Smith.