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|T55 3” Gun Motor Carriage (MM07)
includes one T55 3" Gun Motor Carriage.
The T55 Gun Motor Carriage has it origins in
the experimental 8x8 desert vehicle designed by Cook Brothers. They
started by building a chassis that joined two powered 4x4 bogies, each
with its own engine, into an 8x8 vehicle. This unusual vehicle steered
by pivoting the entire front bogie.
It became known as Cook’s Cozy Cabin because of its box-like
shape. Little interest was shown in this all-terrain vehicle by the US
Army, but Cook Brothers began work on an experimental tank destroyer.
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|This Cook Interceptor mounted a 3-inch
gun. Two water-cooled Cadillac 8-cylinder engines were placed in the
rear end of the vehicle and heavy-duty tires were fitted to cope with
the extra weight. In an effort to gain a contract from the army, it was
designed to be capable of fulfilling the functions of armored car, tank
destroyer or armoured personnel carrier. In August 1942 they received a
contract for further development of the tank destroyer as the T55.
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.
A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a
180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn
across the front of the vehicle. If the weapon is mounted at the rear of
the vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line
drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
|During tests in December 1942 the T55 was pitted
against competing tank destroyer designs including the T48 57mm GMC
half-track (later used by the Red Army as the SU-57). After testing,
modifications were made to the vehicle resulting in the T55E1. This
revised design was sent for further testing at the desert proving ground
at Fort Irwin. Meanwhile, production of the T55 for the US Army started
with the Allied Machinery Manufacturing Company.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter
|T55 3” Gun Motor Carriage in Flames Of War
|Equipment and Notes
|T55 3in GMC
|.50 cal AA MG.
|M7 3in gun
Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront