25 Nov 1942 British SOE team and anti-Nazi Greeks blow up the Gorgopotamos railway viaduct, the first significant sabotage in occupied Europe [Operation Harling, Nov 25-26]. 25 Nov 1943 Battle of Cape St. George between Buka and New Ireland, off Papua New Guinea, fought by US and Japanese naval forces. 25 Nov 1944 In Philippine waters, USS Intrepid [CV-11] hit by two Japanese kamikaze planes within five minute period, killing 69 and seriously wounding 85 of the crew. 25 Nov 1944 Most deadly German V-2 rocket attack in Britain happened at New Cross Road, destroying a Woolworths store and surrounding area, killing 160 people, seriously injuring 120 others. 25 Nov 1944 Japanese occupy Nanning, a transportation hub in south China, for the second time, in final stages of the Ichi-Go offensive. 25 Nov 1944 Last American airborne troops withdraw from unsuccessful Operation Market Garden positions. Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.
M-3A4 Utility Hand Cart
The M-3A4 Utility Hand Cart was produced by The John Wood Mfg Company and was used by all branches of the services in World War II. The M-3A4 Utility Hand Cart was used to move ammunition and other supplies by hand when motorized transport or mules were not available or could not be used. Though designed for hand use, the M-3A4 was sometimes towed behind a jeep or Cushman Airborne Scooter.
The cargo area was approximately 32 inches long by 24 inches wide by 5 inches high. Adaptors were made so the cart could mount a machine gun or mortar.
Photo of a jeep and trailer at an airstrip in Normandy, just after the 6 June 1944 D-Day landings. The jeep trailer is an M-3A4 Utility Hand Cart. The aircraft in the background are identified as British Airspeed "Horsa" gliders.
Marines of the 4.2-inch mortar company, 5th Marines, unload ammunition in support of the assault to retake Outpost Vegas, Korea, 1953. Because of the heavy incoming fire, trucks were unable to get to the company's mortar positions, so the Marines had to haul the ammunition up by M3A4 utility hand carts.
M-3A4 Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Murman.
M-3A4 Utility Hand Cart.
M-3A4 Utility Hand Cart at the Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH.
M-3A4 Data Plate. Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Murman.
Hand Cart, M3A4 manufactured by Omaha Industries Inc., 1944. Right photo shows detail of lunette with spade. Photos: Courtesy of Rich Weaver.