M3 White Scout Car

The M3 White Scout Car, first produced in 1938, was a significant American armored car of World War II. Designed by the White Motor Company, it was primarily used for reconnaissance, as a command vehicle, and for transporting personnel and equipment. Its open-top design allowed for excellent visibility, but it also made the crew vulnerable to small arms fire and shrapnel.

Powered by a Hercules JXD 6-cylinder gasoline engine, the M3 could reach speeds of up to 55 mph. It was armed with a .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun and two .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine guns, providing substantial firepower for its reconnaissance missions. Over 20,000 units were produced during the war, serving not only the United States but also the Allied forces, including the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease agreements.

Despite being replaced by the M8 Greyhound in 1943, the M3 White Scout Car continued to see use throughout the war and in the post-war years by various countries, highlighting its durability and versatility on the battlefield.