Today in WW II: 11 Sep 1944 Following Operation DRAGOON, US Seventh Army links up with Patton's Third Army west of Dijon, France, creating a solid wall of Allied forces stretching from Antwerp, Holland to the Swiss border. More ↓
11 Sep 1944 First into Germany: At 1805 a 5th Armored Division patrol reached the Our River, then waded across, moving from Luxembourg into Germany near Stalzemburg, on the Siegfried Line.
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Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9 (G159)
The M9 Tank Trailer was specifically designed for use with the Diamond T M20 Tractor. The combination of truck and trailer together had the nomenclature "Transporter, Tank, 45-ton, M19". The trailer and its integrated dolly had twelve dual wheels (24 tires), weighed 20,150 lbs. and could carry 90,000 lbs. (45 tons). It was 30 feet long and 114 inches wide.
During WW II the trailer was manufactured by Fruehauf, Checker Cab, and other producers. Although designed for tank recovery, transporter was also used for general cargo such as ammunition and fuel.
Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9 (G159) with M-3 Lee Medium Tank. 1941 photo.
Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9 (G159).
Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9 (G159) stacked in double for ocean shipment, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 7 December 1944.