40-Ton Monster

Associated Press Wirephoto via U.S. Army Signal Corps, Oct. 28, 1943

This 40-ton vehicle, designated an M25 tank-recovery vehicle by the Army, makes quick work of shuttling fully equipped tanks (weighing many tons themselves) to the front, as well as returning disabled tanks to the rear for repairs or refitting. These vehicles can enter combat areas with full fuel tanks and cool motors, and are armed against ground and air attack. They carry enough rations and ammunition for a crew to operate in the field for four days. A powerful winch is used to haul tanks aboard the carrier. Also note the armored hatch covers and the .50-caliber machine gun on the roof.

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