M25 Tank Transporter
|M25 Tank Transporter|
|Type||40 ton (36,287kg) 6x6 Tank recovery truck-trailer|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designer||Knuckey Truck Company|
|Manufacturer||M26: Pacific Car & Foundry Co.
M15: Fruehauf Trailer Co.
|Length||M26: 25 feet 4 inches (7.72 m)
M15: 38 feet 5 1⁄16 inches (11.71 m)
|Width||M26: 10 feet 10 3⁄4 inches (3.32 m)
M15 12 feet 6 inches (3,810 mm)
|Height||M26: 11 feet 5 inches (3.48 m)|
|Armor||front 3⁄4 in (19 mm)
sides, rear 1⁄4 in (6.4 mm)
|.50 cal M2 machine gun|
|Engine||Hall-Scott 440 gasoline
240 hp (180 kW)
|Transmission||4 speed x 3 speed|
|Fuel capacity||120 US gal (450 l)|
|120 mi (193.1 km)|
|Speed||28 mph (45 km/h)|
The M25 Tank Transporter (G160) was a combination 6x6 M26 armored heavy tank transporter/tank recovery tractor and companion 40-ton M15 trailer introduced into US Army service in Europe in 1944–45. It was a substantial upgrade over its existing Diamond T transporter/trailer duo.
In 1942 a new 40 ton semi-trailer tank transporter was needed to offer better off-road performance than the M9 24 small-wheel trailer, and greater capacity than the 30 ton 8 large-wheel Shelvoke and Drewry semi-trailers used by the Diamond T tractor unit. Designed by the Fruehauf Trailer Company of Detroit, Michigan, it was heavier than the Diamond T could manage. A companion M26 tractor was designed by the San Francisco-based Knuckey Truck Company. When it could not keep up with the Army's demands production was awarded to the Pacific Car & Foundry Co. of Seattle, Washington.
Designated TR-1 by Pacific Car, the chain-driven 12-ton 6x6 M26 tractor was powered by a Hall-Scott 440 1,090 cu in (17.9 L) 6-cylinder gasoline engine developing 240 hp (180 kW) at 2000 rpm and 810 lbf·ft (1,098 N·m) at 1200 rpm. Developed for the M26, it was used to uprate the Diamond T. Some 2,100 Type 440s were built. Baxter notes "over 1,300" M26 and M26A1 being built.
Unusually, the tractor unit was fitted with both an armored cab and two winches with a combined pull of 60 tons, allowing it to do light battlefield recovery work.
- Armament 1-.50 cal. machine gun
- Armor, front-3/4", sides, rear, 1/4".
- top speed-26 MPH
- fuel cap, 120 GAL.
- Diamond T tank transporter
- Scammell Pioneer Semi-trailer
- G160, "G" designation
- List of U.S. military vehicles by model number#Pre-consecutive trucks
- Pacific trucks
- "TM-9-2800-1 Standard Military Motor Vehicles". US War Dept. 1 Sep 1943. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "TM-9-767 40 ton Tank Transporter Truck-trailer M25". US War Dept. 13 Aug 1942. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
- Baxter, Brian S. (1989). Breakdown: A History of Recovery Vehicles in the British Army. HMSO, for REME Museum. p. 51. ISBN 0-11-290456-4.
- War Department Technical Manuals (Reprints by Portrayal Press, P.O. Box 1190, Andover, NJ 07821)
- TM 9-767 (40 Ton Tank Transporter/Truck-Trailer M25)
- TM 9-1767A
- TM 9-1767B (Power Train for Tractor Truck M26, Component of 40-Ton Tank Transporter Trailer, Truck M25)
- TM 9-1767C (Body/Chassis/Winches for Tractor Truck M26, Component of 40-Ton Tank Transporter Trailer Truck M25)
- TM 9-1767E Semitrailer M15.
- SNL G160
- TM 9-2800 SEPTEMBER 1943, PAGE 128 AND 129
- TM 9-2800 Military vehicles 1947
- TM 9-2800 1953, page 150 and 280
- Crismon, Fred W (2001). US Military Wheeled Vehicles (3 ed.). Victory WWII Pub. pp. 383–384. ISBN 0-970056-71-0.
- Doyle, David (2003). Standard catalog of U.S. Military Vehicles. Kraus Publications. pp. 232–240, 283–288. ISBN 0-87349-508-X.
- Military Vehicle Journal #8 (Photos of the M26 and M26A1)
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