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  • # Built 13,500
  • Weight 10 Tons
  • Engine White 160Ax 6 cyl 386 cu. in., 148 hp
  • Range 220 miles
  • Speed 45 mph
  • Armor .5 in.
  • Armament .50 cal M2MG

The M2, used by 20 countries, was designed to move artillery, transport machine gun squads, and conduct enemy reconnaissance. The M2 also possessed multiple mounts for machine guns.

Half-tracks like this were unpopular with soldiers in WWII and Korea. With typical GI humor, they dubbed them “Purple Heart Boxes” because the topless M2 left them exposed to exploding artillery shells and it’s thin armor was vulnerable to machine gun fire.



Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. We are following State of MA COVID-19 visitor capacity limits to 40% of maximum museum capacity, allowing up to 400 persons inside the building at any given time and all sanitizing protocols as outlined by the state.