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3 Apr 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre: In a series of events, 21,857 Polish internees and prisoners were executed by Soviet secret police on or shortly after this date.
3 Apr 1942 Japanese forces launch final assault on US and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula, Philippines.
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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) with M-3 Lee Medium Tank. 1941 photo.

Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9 (G159)
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
Trailer, Tank, 45 Ton, M9 (G159) stacked in double for ocean shipment, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 7 December 1944.