M39 Armored Utility Vehicle

The M39 Armored Utility Vehicle (T41) was an American armored vehicle designed during the Second World War, which saw service in that conflict and in the Korean War. Like a number of vehicles of this type, it was built using an existing chassis, that of the M18 Hellcat.

M39 Armored Utility Vehicle
Class Vehicle
Type Utility
Manufacturer Buick
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1943
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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United States of America View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The M39 was originally designed as a prime mover for the 3-inch Gun M5. Approximately 650 (640 utility/APC variants, 10 command and reconnaissance) were modified from M18 chassis between October 1944 to March 1945. They saw service in Europe during the last months of World War II and were widely used during the Korean War. The M39 was withdrawn from service in 1957.

Type Artillery tractor
Place of origin  United States
Service history
Used by  United States Germany
Wars World War II, Korean War
Production history
Designed 1943
Manufacturer Buick
Weight 35.500 LBS
Length 214-inches
Width 113-inches
Height 80.5-inches
Crew 3
M2 Browning
Engine Continental R-975-C4, 9 cyl, radial gasoline
Transmission 3 speed + high/low ratio
240 km
Speed 60 MPH (80 km/h)

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