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Sean O'Connor's Games • View topic - Good Halftrack mod
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Good Halftrack mod

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:06 pm
by Knut

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:06 pm
by Andy Brown

PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:53 am
by T2K
These are cool mods.

However, in reality, the pintle mounts only allowed engagement in the frontal arc of fire. Neither the M2 .50 or the MG34/42 7.92mm machine guns on US or German halftracks could fire to the rear arc. The gunner would have to have been on the vehicles hood!

Thus, the "factory" armament for each had one (German) or two (US) other machineguns mounted on the sides or rear. These were not seen as often in action though.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:23 pm
by Knut
The US halftrack came in two main versions, the M3, and the M3A1. The M3 had the .50 cal mounted on a pintel towards the front of the passenger compartment. It could be fired in any direction, which was essential due to the fact that one of the main reasons for it being carried was for AA defense.

M3 .50 mounting:
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The other main version was the M3A1. It was found in use that the .50 gunner needed better protection against small arms fire when using the gun, so an armored "pulpit" was mounted in the front right hand corner of the compartment. The .50 was mounted on a circular rail inside this compartment and could be slid around it to face and fire in any direction, against ground or air targets.

M3A1 .50 mounting (click for larger view):



You're right that the 251's mg could only fire to the front 180 degrees without being dismounted. However, when a squad was on board it was supposed to mount the rear gun, or also when used in the fire support role. I still think that this is the best in game compromise, primarily since it removes the terrible and innaccurate predilection of the vehicle to stop and manuever to fire at any targets, which is completely innaccurate, while the ability of the vehicle to fire in a 360 arc was only uncommon.
Here's a pic of the 251 showing both mg mountings:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:53 pm
by T2K
Points taken and more or less agreed.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:09 am
by StateRoute170

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:00 am
by Knut