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M4 High Speed Tractor

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerAllis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co., Wisconsin, US
Primary RoleOther


ww2dbaseThe M4 High Speed Tractor was an artillery towing tractor use by the United States Army between 1943 and about 1960. They share some of the same automotive components as the M2 Light Tank design. The tractor also provided some space to carry to gun crew and their equipment. Later variants were equipped with a crane to assist with heavy projectiles. Some of them were given to the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Yugoslavia, and Pakistan after WW2 per terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Jun 2009


MachineryWaukesha 145GZ inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 210hp
Armament1x12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun, space for 12 passengers and various cargo
Length5.23 m
Width2.46 m
Height2.51 m
Weight14.0 t
Speed53 km/h
Range290 km


US Army M4 High Speed Tractor towing a 155mm Gun M1, date unknownReinforcements of men and equipment moving inland at Omaha Beach, Normandy, 8 Jun 1944US Army M4 High Speed Tractor towing a captured German 8.8 cm FlaK gun, 1944

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. philip wood says:
22 Jun 2010 05:59:46 AM

can you tell me were i can find any history on the m4 high speed tractor i own one and i am trying to put a story with it thanks
2. Patrick says:
10 Nov 2014 12:23:22 PM

My dad was a Sargent that ran a M4 crew from Dover to the Rhine river in Germany. I have tons of photos I would like to add to your record. I even have a manifest of men, and materials. Also the movie Fury has one drive by in the very opening scene. Check it out.

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