Includes one M3D (120mm) half-track and crew.
At the conclusion of the Second World War, the biggest consumer of the M3 half-track was Israeli. The high level of surplus vehicles still in Europe at the conclusion of hostilities meant a plentiful supply were available. Once acquired, these vehicles were among the first armoured vehicle available to Israeli forces during the fighting in 1948 (the first Arab-Israeli war).
At the conclusion of the 1948 conflict, Israeli continue to acquire M3 half-tracks from European sources and directly from the United States and by 1955 a concerted effort was made to standardise the acquired half-tracks in an attempt to equip two new armoured brigades. Amongst the modifications was the addition of a ball-mounted machine-gun in the driver’s compartment.
In addition to an armoured personal carrier, the M3 half-track was a successful platform for various types of support weapons including anti-tank, anti-aircraft and mortar carriers. Designated the M3 D and armed with a M65 120mm mortar, the M3 D combined mobility and armour protection with the ability to deliver accurate bombardments quickly and efficiently to hot spots on the battlefield.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Chris Townley
The M3D (120mm)
The M3D (120mm) in Fate Of A Nation
Unit Cards for the M3D (120mm) are contained in the Israeli Unit Card Pack (AIS901)…