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half-track

[′haf ‚trak]
(mechanical engineering)
A chain-track drive system for a vehicle; consists of an endless metal belt on each side of the vehicle driven by one of two inside sprockets and running on bogie wheels; the revolving belt lays down on the ground a flexible track of cleated steel or hard-rubber plates; the front end of the vehicle is supported by a pair of wheels.
A motor vehicle equipped with half-tracks.
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Here we see an M3 halftrack, German BMW motorcycle with sidecar, and German Kubelwagen.
Ever since I first saw a halftrack in a war film as a boy, I've wanted one.
This same mistake undertaken in combat with a fully automatic submachine gun within the confines of an armored halftrack would be catastrophic.
As we advanced, we ran into enemy demolitions, but the ground was dry and we were able to bypass them with my halftrack and two quarter-ton jeeps.
Later in the day on my second mission, I destroyed a halftrack with a thousand-pounder and nearly mushed into the tree when pulling out, but that was nothing to match the sight of a Tiger tank flipping over.
3) General Halftrack (assisted by Sgt Snorkel & Beetle Bailey).
For the four-mile trip back to the barracks, I hitched a ride in a WWII halftrack. It's better to link up with an armored cavalry unit, and I should have hooked up with these guys earlier.
Suddenly a Blue halftrack topped the hill to the south and the Reds opened up with all their firepower (waving red flags).
Other irritable missiles were soon to arrive in our vicinity and were said to be 88s or larger shells fired by guns mounted on a mobile halftrack. At the time of our first shelling two of the nonbelievers, Herb Young and Ham rushed out to check to see if these shells were incoming or outgoing.
His skillful deployment of his platoon's machine-gun-mounted halftracks broke up a strong Chinese attack.
At Saipan he commanded a company of 75-mm halftracks, again fighting along the front lines until being seriously wounded and evacuated near the end of the battle on 2 July 1944.
At Saipan, Elrod commanded a platoon of 75 mm halftracks, but he was riddled with shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell that took him out of the war.