to Make of It All
providing modelers with a good snapshot of the tracks used by different
vehicles, the "Remaining Life" percentage column is a
good indicator of how much wear should be shown on the tracks and
suspensions on the vehicles of a given unit. This number is also
as good as any for choosing how much weathering to apply to the
vehicle in general.
the tables show, the track type used by a particular unit or vehicle
was far from uniform. Where different types were available, units
were more likely than not to use two, three, or even four track
styles than a single style. The only uniformity evident is the absence
of metal tracks on M7 and M10 motor carriages, but even the users
of these vehicles where not fixed to a single style of rubber track.
these tables ought to help answer the eternal question: "Which
tracks do I use?" At least for the MTO.
4 to Ordnance Operations Bulletin No. 271; 19 August 1944.
Report on Activities of Army Ordnance Service [Fifth Army] covering
period 1800 3 August 1944 to 1800 17 August 1944; 22 August 1944.
of the Army Supply Catalog ORD 9 SNL G-199, Carriage, Motor, 105-mm
Howitzer, M7B1; January 1952.
of the Army Technical Bulletin TB ORD 391, Tracks Currently Applicable;
23 August 1950.
Army History, Part VI, Pursuit to the Arno; 1945.
Department Technical Committee Meeting Minutes
- OCM 17722, Adoption of Rubber Block, Rubber Jointed Track, Drg.
D48076, For Medium Tanks, M3 and M4; 29 January 1942.
- OCM 19105, Tracks for Light and Medium Tanks - Preference Ratings;
29 October 1942.
States Army in World War II, The Technical Services, The Ordnance
Department: Planning Munitions for War; 1955.
Department Technical Bulletin TB ORD 80, Use of Rubber and Steel
Tracks; 18 April 1944.
Department Technical Bulletin TB ORD 139, Instructions Governing
Removal, Inspection, Classification, Reconditioning, and Disposition
of Tracks and Bogies; 1 August 1944.