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#1 Slipdigit

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:16 AM

Guys, I need assistance if any of you can help me.

I need a photo of a US M3 halftrack to put on the cover of the book I am writing and I have not had a lot of success finding what I need.

It must be:

1. Public domain or the owner is willing to assign user rights to me.
2. Must be in the ETO or if buildings or flora are visible, they could pass for Europe. In other words, no palm trees or Asian or South Pacific-styled buildings.
3. Must have men and equipment on it from the Western Front duing the latter half of the war. No Brodie-style helmets.

I prefer:

1. M2 .50 cal and/or M1919 .30 cal machine guns visible, but are not required. No M1917 .30 cals, quad mount .50 cals or cannons.
2. Crew baggage on the outside.
3. No canvas tops over the cab or rear of the vehicle.
4. Other vehicles, men and equipment (jeeps, M8 Armored Cars, infantrymen, etc) can be visible in the photo, provided they also match the period and locations.

I will use a re-enactor photos if they are available and willing, as I plan to decrease the clarity of the photo to eliminate identifiable facial features if they are visible.

I have found a couple of pics, but I am not happy with them. If any of you can help me, I would appreciate it greatly.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:07 AM

Ask at the US National Archives-- I am sure they will have photos which will serve. Alternatively, contact the US Army Center for Military History and ask them for help. The US Army Patton Museum is the official Armor museum, and has just been relocated to Fort Benning Georgia. The US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, is one of the world's best Tank collections. You can look any of them up on the web-- contact them and ask for help. Doc
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:31 AM

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Kinda like this one???? got it here:

M-3 Halftrack
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:45 PM

Great pic Clint, and thanks for the link as I am always looking for good pics to add to my website!
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

How about this? With a little post-processing it could look really good.

http://upload.wikime...tgen_Forest.jpg
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:19 PM

Thanks guys for the pics and ideas.

I like both of the ones here for different reason.


Fort Benning is not too far away. It might be worth a trip, but will contact them before.

If you find a pic of an M-3 pulling a trailer, I'd like to see it, also.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:48 PM

Jeff, this in color, but it might be useful.
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http://battlefield.w...i/M3_Half-track

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

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The URL for the flickr site is All sizes | p013423.jpg | Flickr - Photo Sharing! , as it indicates some rights restricted.


addendum: Here's that same pick (cropped) indicating National Archives, which I suspect is the case from the number in the right lower corner. http://www.historyne...cey-pocket.html Posted Image

Edited by DocCasualty, 24 January 2012 - 10:24 PM.
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"Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederic II of Prussia
"In 9 months and 3 days of combat on the Continent the 949th FA Bn had fired 51,000 rounds of ammunition, approximately 2,550 tons." - Unit History


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Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:00 AM

Jeff, this in color, but it might be useful.
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M3 Half-track - Battlefield Wiki - Battlefield 3, Bad Company 2, Weapons, Levels, Maps, Characters and more!


I've seen this one. Thanks!

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The URL for the flickr site is All sizes | p013423.jpg | Flickr - Photo Sharing! , as it indicates some rights restricted.


addendum: Here's that same pick (cropped) indicating National Archives, which I suspect is the case from the number in the right lower corner. http://www.historyne...cey-pocket.html Posted Image


Thanks. It is towing a 57mm gun and the man in my book never did that. I don't think I would be able to use it.

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