Today in WW II: 10 May 1940 German Blitzkrieg ["lightning war"] begins with air attacks on Dutch cities and invasion of Belgium and Luxembourg.  More 
10 May 1940 British Prime Minister Chamberlain resigns and is replaced by Winston Churchill.
10 May 1940 Iceland invaded by the United Kingdom [Operation Fork] to prevent a German presence there.
10 May 1941 Savage climax to the Blitz as 507 German aircraft drop 711 tons of bombs on London [10-11 May].
10 May 1941 Rudolf Hess files to Scotland [10-11 May].
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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.