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M-28 / M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle

M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle. Photo: Courtesy Jim Pace
M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle. Photo: Courtesy Jim Pace.

M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle. Photo: Courtesy Jim Pace
M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle. Photo: Courtesy Jim Pace.

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M-28 or M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle

The Weasel began development in 1942, to meet a requirement by the First Special Services Force for transportation into Norway where the target was power plants supplying Germany with electricity. The vehicle specifications included:

  • Ability to move quickly and easily through the winter snows of Norway
  • Air transportable and able to be dropped by parachute
  • Cargo capacity to carry arms, explosives, and other supplies

An entirely new and innovative vehicle was needed, under wartime pressures to get it done yesterday. Studebaker Company accepted the challenge of a 180-day schedule to produce the vehicle. In less than 60 days, they had a prototype, which, after testing and improvements, was standardized as the M28 Cargo Carrier. While the mission to Norway was cancelled, the Weasel was a versatile vehicle that could be used for command, radio, ambulance, signal line laying, and light cargo. It operated effectively on difficult terrain such as snow, swamps, sand, deep mud, and lakes. It was used in Europe, the Pacific and Alaska during World War II, and by VJ Day, over 15,000 had been built. During the decades following WW II, the M29C was used in Arctic and Antarctic Operations, supporting explorers and scientists.

M-28 / M-29 Weasel Models

The M28 Weasel has two seats with its engine centered in the rear. Its tracks are lightly supported by only four pairs of road wheels. The top run of the track slants upward from the rear sprocket to the higher front drive sprocket. The electrical system is 6 volt.

The M29 Cargo Carrier (Weasel), standardized in November 1943, had four seats and moved the engine to the front right. It has tracks with a mild slant downward to the front, robustly supported by eight sets of road wheels on an improved suspension. The electrical system is upgraded to 12-volts. During production, the track width was increased from 15 to 20 inches.

The final version of the Weasel was the M29C, an fully amphibious version that added watertight cells for buoyancy and twin rudders at the stern. Over 10,600 of the M29C were produced, although some were stripped of their floatation tanks and rudders once in the field.

M-28 or M-29 Weasel Photos

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1942 Studebaker Weasel M-29 owned by Roger Neff, Findlay OH.  This vehicle served with the US Marine Corps from 1957-1963 and was purchased in December 2002. It features a .50-cal. machine gun.  Photo taken at the Vintage Aircraft Gathering, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Field, Dayton, OH, 27-28 September 2008.
M-29 Weasel Cargo Carrier, developed for the United States Army by Studebaker in 1942-1943, restored by the Fort Drum Directorate of Logistics, and currently on display at the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Historical Collection, Fort Drum, NY.  Cargo sled in the background.
The versitile M28/M29 Weasel cargo carrier was produced in limited numbers in WW II. Here Signal Corps men use an M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle in Okinawa, April-June 1945.
Beach area, Port of Inchon, Korea LST beach and two finger piers for dispatching small craft. Open storage area in foreground, tank farm in background. 25 Jan 1953.  Jeeps, halftracks, Weasels, tractors, armored recovery vehicles and other vehicles visible.
Cargo Carrier M29 Weasel, came into its own during the campaign in the northern Apennines of Italy in the winter of 1944-45.  It operated satisfactorily off the roads under mud or snow conditions and helped to provide lateral communications. The Weasel, originally designed for use over snow and ice, had low ground pressure and proved suitable for operation across fields or poor trails. It had a crew of two and a pay load of approximately 1,000 pounds.
A camouflaged M-28 Cargo Carrier (Weasel) pulls a sled loaded with Tenth Mountain Division troops over a snow-packed road, Camp Hale, CO, 1943.

M-28 or M-29 Weasel Amphibious Vehicle Photo Gallery

M-28 Cargo Carrier (Weasel) at winter training, Camp McCoy, WI, 1943.  Cross-country skis mounted outside the top enclosure.  The photo was taken by Capt. Edward Y. Pettit, who won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit, son of Capt. Pettit
M-28 Cargo Carrier (Weasel) at winter training, Camp McCoy, WI, 1943. Cross-country skis mounted outside the top enclosure. The photo was taken by Capt. Edward Y. Pettit, who won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit, son of Capt. Pettit.

Camouflaged M-29 Weasel transports wounded, Belgium 1944
Camouflaged M-29 Weasel transports wounded, Belgium 1944.

M29C test during WW II.  Note rudders on rear of vehicle
M29C test during WW II. Note rudders on rear of vehicle.

M-29 Weasel at Camp Mabry Museum (49th Armored Division- Texas), 18 July 2004. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-29 Weasel at Camp Mabry Museum (49th Armored Division- Texas), 18 July 2004. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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