Amphibious Carrier, M29C (E1951.50)
In the event it was not used in this way but, on account of its very low ground pressure, proved particularly effective in muddy conditions. The M29C variant on display was modified to give the Weasel an amphibious capability and as such was used by American forces in the Pacific and by the British, particularly in muddy regions such as the Scheldt estuary. In service it was used like a sort of amphibious Jeep. However with its very limited freeboard and poor acquatic propulsion (by the tracks) it tended to get swept along by he tide or current and at imminent risk of sinking in anything but calm water.
After the war they were used extensively by French forces in Indo-China (Vietnam) while in the original, non-amphibious guise by the Royal Marines during winter warfare exercises, mostly towing ski-troops and by a curious twist of fate invariably in Norway.
Steering by controlled differential. Twin rudders (missing on this exhibit) attached to hand wheel. Light weight and wide tracks enabled the vehicle to negotiate deep snow. Important during winter campaigns in Italy, World War 2, as well as in many other parts of the world.