From the Editor: M103 Heavy Tank in Dowagiac MI Picture Gallery

101_1240For those interested in the M103 heavy tank, here is a gallery of pictures we took two years ago of what appears to be an M109A2 on display in front of the National Guard Armory at 700 W Prairie Ronde St in Dowagiac MI.  As can be seen in the photos, this vehicle is in desperate need of a new paint job.  Also, the rear engine grills and engine deck are completely missing, having been replaced with some thin sheet metal!  Oddly enough, wikipedia lists 25 M109 tanks on display in the United States, although this particular vehicle in Dowagiac is not included in that list.  These were taken on a very sunny day with a relatively cheap digital camera so some shots are a bit washed out.

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Book Alert: Ampersand Publishing announces three new books

US halftracksOver at Armorama is a post announcing that Ampersand Publishing is going to release three new books for American AFV fans. The first is a new hard cover book covering American half-tracks.  At 456 pages, this promises to be a very comprehensive look at the ubiquitous US armored transport.  Ampersand’s Son of Sherman is one of the definitive books on the Sherman tank.  It can be hoped that this book on US Halftracks will continue that tradition of quality, in-depth coverage.

The Military Machine, Volume One – U.S. Half-tracks
The development and deployment of the U.S. Army’s half-track vehicles, Part one
By David Doyle, 456 pages, hardcover. $49.95. ISBN: 978-0-9895547-6-3

Also announced are two additions to the Visual History series with books covering the M103 tank and 6-ton trucks.

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