Friday, March 20, 2015
Scout Cars and Halftracks
Interior details of the M3A1 cab, with its simple instru- ments and uncomfortable seats. Note (above) how the skid rail for the machine guns curves up inside the cab area, with a padded canvas cushion strapped on above the door to prevent the driver brain- ing himself. Despite its drawbacks, nearly 21,000 MSAls were built in 1939-44, and it was used by the British, Canadian and Russian armies as well as the US. In the counter-insurgency role it soldiered on in French Algeria into the early 1960s.