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Today in WW II: 31 Aug 1944 Major fighting ends in New Guinea after Australian and US forces complete a series of successful engagements against the Japanese.   

M-75 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

The requirements that led to the M-75 Armored Personnel Carrier were established in September 1945, looking for a fully enclosed 12-man squad vehicle to replace the M3 Halftrack. The new vehicle was based on the T43E1 cargo tractor. Tests in 1952 involving the T43 and T18 chassis led to the final form of the M-75, standardized in December 1952.

The steel hulled M75 used running gear from the M-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank. It was expensive to manufacture and was too heavy for amphibious operations, factors that led to its early replacement by the M-59 APC, starting in 1954. Approximately 1,700 M-75 APCs were manufactured by International Harvester and FMC prior to the end of production in February 1954.

A small number of M75s reached Korea by mid-1953 where it was used by combat units.

M-75 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) Specifications

Length204 inches (5.2m)
Width112 inches (2.5m) over sand shields
Height108.5 inches (2.8m) over cupola
Weight41,500 lbs. (18,800 kg) combat
Road Speed44 mph (71kph) max
Range115 miles (185km)
Fording Depth48 inches (120cm) max

The M-75 had a crew of two and could accomodate ten passengers in addition. It was armed with an M2 .50 cal. machine gun. More information at the Yahoo M-75 APC Group

M-75 APC.  Photo: Courtesy of Donald Roberts, Idaho Motor Pool
M-75 APC. Photo: Courtesy of Donald Roberts, Idaho Motor Pool.

M-75 APC at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006
M-75 APC at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-75 APC at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006.  Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-75 APC at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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