M2 Assault boat

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Post by sgtpeter » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:49 pm

Thanks for looking that up for me Greg.

With the new info, I looked in my TM9-2800 at all the trailers and I think I found it. There is a trailer with the description Trailer, 2 1/2 ton, 2W, Utility, Pole Type. Its purpose is to transport bridging equipment for the Corps of Engineers. The additional data says "the same basic trailer, equipped with special adapters is used to transport 5 different loads. Type 1 - Infantry support, raft equipment or pneumatic bridge equipment; Type 2 - Trestle bay load, 10 ton pontoon bridge; Type 3 - Triangulation tower; Type 4 - Utility power boat; Type 5 - Storm boats." The towing vehicle is specified to be truck 2 1/2 ton 6x6. The tongue is adjustable with overall length between 175 to 223 inches.

Hanno/John - does that sound familiar to what's in the museum?

Unfortunately I can't scan the page otherwise I would send it along.

Anybody know where there's a secret stash of bridging equipment trailers? :shock:

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Post by John Phillips » Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:00 am

Check out this website:

http://www.nat-military-museum.lu/php/g ... allery.php

It shows a lot of M2 Assault boats in Luxembourg recently being used to re-enact a river crossing.

Have you had any luck in finding plans for the M2?

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Post by sgtpeter » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:22 am

The only info I have so far is what is posted here. How about you?
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Post by sgtpeter » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:54 pm

There is a seller (davesdrydock: http://myworld.ebay.com/davesdrydock ) on eBay that has copies of plans to build assault boats. The copies are pretty good, include 2 pages and have enough detail you could build one. Cost was about $20 including shipping.

The plans are dated 1935 and are for "Boat, Assault, Nesting, Half Squad Capacity". I think this is the M1 Assault Boat as it has a pointed bow and measures 12' by 4'4". Not having any experience in boat building, I think the M2 would be easier to build as this 1935 version has a curved hull rather than the flat bottom of the M2.

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Re: M2 Assault boat

Post by whitey1736 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:36 am

Anyone ever end up building one?


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Re: M2 Assault boat

Post by battlebaby3 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:31 am

Many of theses boats were built here in Erie ,Pa at the now defunct Hammermill Paper Company for the war effort. Would be rare to find a boat made from the plant still around after all theses years.

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Re: M2 Assault boat

Post by whitey1736 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:23 am

Stars and Stripes recently ran an article "Monument pays tribute to role of engineer battalion in WWII Rhine crossing." In the article they have a short video showing reenactors using 3 assault boats to make a pontoon.
https://www.stripes.com/news/monument-p ... PduBWorK70

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