It seems that the M606 was a bit of an oddball in that it pretty much was a regular production 3B pulled from the Willys line with just a few military bits and pieces added, including the blackout light(although not all 606′s got them!), magnetic drain plugs, 12 pin trailor electrical jack, body mounted reflectors and blackout covers for the tailights, and bumperettes with a pintle towing hitch.
We are spending part of the weekend at our new to us trailer park! Never thought we would wind up in a trailer park but we were drawn by the woodsiness of the place as well as the rustic, spacious sites. And because I’m the one that normally hitches and tows the trailer, I’m looking forward to it having a permanent home (for awhile at least).
Of course I bring my crochet everywhere so am working on the shawlette pattern I’m determined to complete. If I weren’t so determined, I’d probably have chucked it by now! I find the pattern quite challenging and have frogged it twice already. I think I’ve finally gotten the gist of it so will solider on.
The Type 1 Ho-Ha (一式半装軌装甲兵車 ホ) was a half-track armoured personnel carrier (APC) based on the German Sd.Kfz. 251/1, and was used in limited numbers by the IJA in ww2.
The Type 1 Ho-Ha was initially deployed to China for operations in the ongoing Second Sino-Japanese War, but were never in any great numbers. It was later deployed with the Japanese reinforcements in the Battle of the Philippines in 1944.
The Ho-Ha had a crew of three and could carry twelve passengers, 3 more than it’s German cousin.
The Type 1 Ho-Ha carried three Type 97 light machine guns as standard armament, one on each side, just to the rear of the driver’s compartment and a third mounted to the rear as an anti-aircraft weapon.
A unique feature of the Ho-Ha was that it had a towing hitch used to tow artillery.
It is estimated that less than 100 were ever made.
Unlike their German counterparts, the Japanese Army felt that, even though it went 32mph (50kph), the APC was too slow and inferior to traditional troop trucks.