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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.