|M25 Tank Transporter|
|Type||40 ton (36,287kg) 6x6 Tank recovery truck-trailer|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designer||Knuckey Truck Company|
|Manufacturer||M26: Pacific Car & Foundry Co.|
M15: Fruehauf Trailer Co.
M26: 48,000 lb (22,000 kg)
M15: 36,600 lb (16,600 kg)
M25: 84,300 lb (38,200 kg)
M26: 103,000 lb (47,000 kg)
|Length||M26: 25 feet 4 inches (7.72 m)|
M15: 38 feet 5 1⁄16 inches (11.71 m)
|Width||M26: 10 feet 10 3⁄4 inches (3.32 m)|
M15 12 feet 6 inches (3,810 mm)
|Height||M26: 11 feet 5 inches (3.48 m)|
|Armor||front 3⁄4 in (19 mm)|
sides, rear 1⁄4 in (6.4 mm)
|.50 cal M2 machine gun|
|Engine||Hall-Scott 440 gasoline|
240 hp (180 kW)
|Transmission||4 speed x 3 speed|
|Fuel capacity||120 US gal (450 l)|
|120 mi (193.1 km)|
|Maximum speed||28 mph (45 km/h)|
The M25 Tank Transporter (G160) was a combination 6x6 M26 armored heavy tank transporter/tank recovery tractor and companion 40-ton M15 trailer introduced into US Army service in Europe in 1944–45. Manufactured by Pacific Car & Foundry Co., it was a substantial upgrade over the Diamond T M19 transporter/trailer duo introduced in 1940.
In 1942 a new 40 ton semi-trailer tank transporter was needed with better off-road performance than the M9 24 small-wheel trailer, and greater capacity than the 30 ton 8 large-wheel Shelvoke and Drewry semi-trailers used by the Diamond T tractor unit. Designed by the Fruehauf Trailer Company of Detroit, Michigan, it was heavier than the Diamond T could manage. A companion M26 tractor was designed by the San Francisco-based Knuckey Truck Company. When it could not keep up with the Army's demands, production was awarded to the Pacific Car & Foundry Co. of Seattle, Washington.
Designated TR-1 by Pacific Car, the chain-driven 12-ton 6x6 M26 tractor was powered by a Hall-Scott 440 1,090 cu in (17.9 L) 6-cylinder gasoline engine developing 240 hp (180 kW) at 2000 rpm and 810 lbf⋅ft (1,098 N⋅m) at 1200 rpm. Developed for the M26, it was used to uprate the Diamond T. Some 2,100 Type 440s were built. Baxter notes "over 1,300" M26 and M26A1 being built.
- Armament 1-.50 cal. machine gun
- Armor, front-3/4", sides, rear, 1/4".
- top speed-26 MPH
- fuel cap, 120 GAL.
- Diamond T tank transporter
- Scammell Pioneer Semi-trailer
- G160, "G" designation
- List of U.S. military vehicles by model number#Pre-consecutive trucks
- Pacific Trucks
- TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles. US War Dept. 1943. pp. 132–135. Retrieved 27 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- TM 9-767 40 ton Tank Transporter Truck-trailer M25. US War Dept. 1942. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 20 December 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Baxter, Brian S. (1989). Breakdown: A History of Recovery Vehicles in the British Army. HMSO, for REME Museum. p. 51. ISBN 0-11-290456-4.
- "Forum des Poids Lourds Camions anciens de collection • Afficher le sujet - pacific". poidslourds.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 12 April 2017.
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- TM 9-1767A
- TM 9-1767B Power Train for Tractor Truck M26
- TM 9-1767C Body, chassis, and winches for Tractor Truck M26. US War Dept. 1944. Retrieved 9 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- TM 9-1767E Ordnance Maint. Semitrailer M15. US War Dept. 1944. Retrieved 9 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles. US War Dept. 1943. pp. 132–135. Retrieved 9 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- TM 9-2800 Military Vehicles. US Dept. of the Army. 1947. pp. 151, 152. Retrieved 9 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- TM 9-2800 Military Vehicles. US Dept. of the Army. 1953. pp. 101, 102, 281. Retrieved 9 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Crismon, Fred W (2001). US Military Wheeled Vehicles (3 ed.). Victory WWII Pub. pp. 383–384. ISBN 0-970056-71-0.
- Doyle, David (2003). Standard catalog of U.S. Military Vehicles. Kraus Publications. pp. 232–240, 283–288. ISBN 0-87349-508-X. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Military Vehicle Journal #8 (Photos of the M26 and M26A1)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to M25 Tank Transporter.|
- Short story of the M26 and pictures of a restored vehicle in 2004
- Article and photo at milweb.net
- Scratchbuilt M25 model step-by-step, with pictures and references used
- https://web.archive.org/web/20090204121541/http://realmilitaryflix.com/public/378.cfm training film
- http://www.forum-auto.com/automobile-pratique/modelisme-modeles-reduits/sujet7051-5495.htm pictures of M26 used as oversize loads tractors