CRADLE AND PINTLE ASSEMBLY
3 D40733 CRADLE AND PINTLE ASSEMBLY
Designed specifically for use with
the D40721 carriage assemblyshown hereon the M49 ring mount, it had
a long, straight pintle shaft and could be fitted with either the D40731 fixed
ammunition box or the D90078 ammunition box tray.
Exploded view of the D40733 assembly. This mount, like the D68880, had a
free-swinging bracket but could be locked for travel by means of a pin.
D40731 ammunition box. This was attached to the cradle by means of screws
and had to be loaded manually with 50-round lengths of ammunition belt.
D90078 ammunition box tray, which was designed to hold standard 100-round
ammunition boxes, thus eliminating the need for manual loading.
Well-known color picture of a halftrack crew preparing for the D-Day landing,
showing the D40733 cradle and pintle assembly. The ammunition box is of an unknown