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PostPosted: Wed 08 Apr 2015 10:51 am 
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I have been working on a couple of conversions of M14 halftracks for far too long (see conversion corner) and they are finally getting to the point where I need to think about markings and camouflage.
I have found several photographs of M14s in service but the only definite photographs of an M14 personnel carrier show a WVEE vehicle undergoing testing. Can anyone offer suggestions as to which units used M14 personnel carrier halftracks and in what roles?
The M14 general service was apparently used to transport 25pdr ammunition but, once again, I have been unable to find any photographs of M14 general service halftracks in service. I am assuming that these halftracks may have been used to support Sexton equipped units. Can anyone confirm this or provide an alternative, preferably with unit identifications?
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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr 2015 23:17 pm 
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I thought the M14, like the M13 and M17 was specifically a halftrack version with 0.5 Brownings, either dual or quad (for M17)


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Apr 2015 10:16 am 
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M14 GMCs, like the M5, M5A1 and M9A1 variants, were built by the International Harvester Company and were considered non-standard and therefore allocated to lend lease rather than US use. All 1600 M14s produced were supplied to the UK and some were then passed on to Canadian forces.
All M14s had their Maxson twin .50 cal turrets removed and were converted to personnel carriers, general service load carriers, command vehicles, artillery prime movers and ambulances. No M14s were used for their original purpose as anti-aircraft GMCs.
Interestingly, some M16 GMCs with the quad Maxson turret were used by UK forces in 1945.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 May 2015 09:49 am 
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Out of interest would the sides of a M14 without MGs still have the drop down sides, in which case it would be something to look out for in WW2 photos?


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PostPosted: Fri 01 May 2015 15:49 pm 
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Yes, and there is one photograph of an M14 with the side plates folded down towing a 17pdr. It would be interesting to know what the interior configuration was; I suspect personnel carrier with the bench seats for the gun crew.
Other M14s have the rear plate cut down to the same level as the bottom of the folding plates.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 May 2015 16:23 pm 
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See thread in ref section: M3A1....! Might help

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PostPosted: Sun 03 May 2015 10:57 am 
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Thanks Mike
It's bad luck that the M14 has been repainted in such a dodgy colour. However, it is a great photograph for illustrating the characteristics of M14s; hinged side plates, scalloped rear plate and bulkhead behind the driving compartment.
I don't suppose you managed any shots of the interior :pray:
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PostPosted: Tue 05 May 2015 18:32 pm 
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Hi David , you should have pm from me.

I have scanned what I can at present ( at work.....where I am finishing tomorrow). I hope to get a proper (domestic) computer when I start new job, as a 3D modeller on the 18th. Until then I am struggling/sharing my wife's Ipad. Plus the IPhone I have been using is company issue, so will also be looking to fund an alternative.

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