10.07.2012 18:00 GMT
Friday 13th July 2012 @ 18:00 UTC
Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.
Today we have a few screenshots of some new American vehicles that you will be able to find on the map Sidi Bou Zid. First up is the M3 Halftrack. Entering service in 1941, it was an improvement over the earlier and smaller M2 Halftrack and featured a rear door to the crew compartment. It differs from the later M3A1 variant already featured in Forgotten Hope 2 in that the armament is pintle mounted above the front seats rather than on a ring mount above the front right seat. The M3 Halftrack was made by Agus and exported by Kev4000.
Next up we have two Gun Motor Carriages based on the M3 Halftrack. The first of these is the 75mm Gun Motor Carriage M3. The success of the German armour in the invasion of France showed the need for an effective tank destroyer, and a solution was quickly found by mounting a 75mm Gun M1897A4 onto an M3 Halftrack chassis. Making up the majority of all tank destroyers in service in the North African Campaign, by 1944 it was considered obsolete in Europe although it continued to see service in the Pacific Campaign until the end of the war. The M3 GMC was made by Agus, Darren and Pointblank and exported by Kev4000.
The second variant on show today is the M13 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. The US Army recognised the need for a mobile anti-aircraft gun, and had initially used various vehicles armed with single machineguns. With the adoption of the M33 twin M2HB powered mount, they had an effective weapon, and in 1942 the M33 mounted onto the M3 Halftrack was standardised as the M13 MGMC. However, within months it had become substitute standard with the adoption for the M16 MGMC armed with the more powerful M45 quad mount. The M13 MGMC was made by Agus and exported by Kev4000.
You will also be able to find the M33 dual mount as a stationary anti-aircraft gun.
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