War Master WMTK032 US M4 Tractor and Towed 155mm Long Tom Field Gun - Unidentified Unit, North Africa, 1942 (1:72 Scale)
"The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
- General George S. Patton Jr., January 1945
The M4 High-Speed Tractor was an artillery tractor used by the US Army from 1943. The M4 was based on the chassis and drive train of the obsolescent M2 Light Tank. This common practice of re-using old vehicles simplified design, allowed for easy production, and made maintenance in the field easier.
One variant was designed to tow anti-aircraft guns and another for howitzers. The rear compartment carried the gun crew and other equipment and some later variants included a crane to assist with heavier projectiles.
The M4 was manufactured by Allis-Chalmers of Milwaukee, starting in 1942 and was in U.S. military service until approximately 1960. Under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, the M4 was supplied to Greece, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Yugoslavia and Pakistan after World War II ended. In the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 the Pakistani Army used the M-4 Tractor to haul M115 Howitzers to the battlefield of Chamb and then to the Lahore front.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US M4 Tractor and Towed 155mm Long Tom Field Gun that was attached to an unidentified unit then deployed to North Africa during 1942.
Allis-Chalmers M4 High Speed Tractor:
Length: 3.25 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Long Tom Field Gun:
Length 7.5 inches
Width: 1.25 inches
Release Date: August 2013
Historical Account: "Long Tom" - The 155mm Gun M1 and M2 (later M59), widely known as Long Tom, were 155 millimeter caliber field guns used as a heavy field weapon and is also classed as secondary armament for seacoast defense by the United States armed forces during World War II and Korean War. The Long Tom replaced the Canon de 155mm GPF in United States service. The gun could fire a 45.36 kg (100 lb) shell to a maximum range of 22.014 km (13.7 mi), with an estimated accuracy life of 1,500 rounds