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M29 Weasel
M29 Weasel 2
Place of origin  United States
Specifications
Weight 3,800 lb (1,700 kg) (dry)
Length 10 ft 6 in (3.2 m)
Width 5 ft (1.5 m) (later 5 ft 6 in (1.7 m))
Height 4 ft 3 in (1.3 m) (5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) to top of windscreen)
Crew 4

Armor None
Primary
armament
None as built
Engine Studebaker Model 6-170 Champion
70 hp (52 kW)
Suspension Tracked
Operational
range
265
Speed 36 mph (58 km/h)

The M29 Weasel was a World War II tracked vehicle, built by Studebaker, designed for operation in snow.[1]

Design and developmentEdit

M29 Weasel Arctic USArmyTransMuseum

M29C Weasel in Arctic finish, U.S. Army Transportation Museum display

The idea for the Weasel came from the work of British inventor Geoffrey Pyke in support of his proposals to attack Axis forces and industrial installations in Norway. Pyke's plan to hamper the German atomic weapons development became Project Plough for which he proposed a fast light mechanised device that would transport small groups of commando troops of the 1st Special Service Force across snow. In active service in Europe, Weasels were used to supply frontline troops over difficult ground when wheeled vehicles were immobilised.

The first 2103 had 15 in (380 mm) tracks, later version had 20 in (510 mm). The M29 was amphibious, but with a very low freeboard[2]; the M29C Water Weasel was the amphibious version, with buoyancy cells in the bow and stern as well as twin rudders.

VariantsEdit

  • T-15 prototype
  • M28 (G154)
  • M29 (T24) without float tanks (G179)
  • M29C with float tanks.
  • M29C Type A: center mounted M20 recoilless rifle 75 mm on Weasel[3]
  • M29C Type B: (T106) rear-mounted 75 mm recoilless rifle on Weasel
  • M29C Type C: center-mounted 37 mm Gun M3 on Weasel

SpecificationEdit

M29 Weasel 1

MC29 Weasel in parking lot of Holiday Inn in Omaha

M29 Weasel 3

MC29 Weasel

M-29C Water Weasel

MC29 Weasel

GeneralEdit

  • Crew: 4
  • Weight (fighting): 4,451 lb (2,019 kg)
  • Shipping dimensions:
    • Uncrated; 340 cu ft (9.6 m³); 57.7 sq ft (5.36 m²)
  • Ground clearance: 11 in (280 mm)
  • Ground pressure: 1.9 psi (13 kPa)
  • Pintle height (loaded): 27 1/8 inches
  • Electrical system: (volts) 12
  • Capacities:
    • Fuel: 72, octane gasoline
    • Fuel capacity: 35 gallons
    • Cooling system: 12 3/4 quarts
    • Crankcase (refill): 5 quarts
  • Brakes: Mechanical - external contracting in differential
  • Transmission: Speeds: 3
  • Transfer case: Speeds: 2
  • Communication: radio
SCR-508 Radio

SCR-508 Radio mounted in weasle

PerformanceEdit

Maximum gradability: 100 %
Turning radius: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Fording depth: Will Float (M29C)
Maximum width of ditch vehicle will cross: 36 in (91 cm)
Maximum vertical obstacle vehicle will climb: 24 in (61 cm)
Fuel consumption, average conditions: 5 miles per gal
Cruising range, average conditions: 165 mi (266 km)
Maximum allowable speed: 36 mph (58 km/h)
Maximum allowable towed load: 3,800 lb (1,700 kg)

EngineEdit

Manufacturer: Studebaker Model 6-170 Champion
Type: L-head, 4 cycle Number of cylinders: 6
Displacement: (cu in.) 169.6
Brake horsepower: at (rpm) 3600 70
Ignition type: Distributor

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • TM 9-1772A - Technical Manual for Engine, Engine Accessories, and Clutch for Light Cargo Carrier T24/M29 (see: www.scribd.com/doc/217384910/Tm-1772a-Weasel)
  • TM 9-1772B - Technical Manual for Power Train, Suspension System, Hull, and Hull Electrical System for Light Cargo Carrier T24/M29
  • TM 9-772 Technical Manual, Light Cargo Carrier T24/M29
  • TM 11-2733 Installation of Radio Equipment in Carrier, Cargo, Light, M29 and M29C (Amphibian)
  • Philip R. Kern, "The Studebaker M29 Weasel", Military Vehicles Magazine 1, 2 & 3. 
  • "Studebaker M29 Weasel", ISO Military Vehicle Series. 1985. 
  • Richard Quinn, "Studebaker Goes To War", Turning Wheels. 
  • Bart Vanderveen (1989). Historic Military Vehicles Directory. 
  • U.S. Army Transportation Museum. "M-29 weasel". Retrieved on 2007-12-29.
  • "Oldtimer gallery. Trucks. Studebaker M29 (UST24) "Weasel"". Autogallery.org.ru. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  • "M-28 / M-29 WEASEL AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE". Olive-drab.com. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  • US patent 2420133, E. J. Hardig, "Track for track-laying vehicles"</span> 

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