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Last Updated: January 27, 2006


ZiS-42M, 2½-ton Halftrack, Cargo
Inspired by similar German and French designs, Russian halftrack development started in the late 30s, resulting in the somehow crude looking GAZ-60 and ZiS-22 halftracks, both based on civilian wheeled trucks.
In 1942, ZiS combined the ZiS-5V with the halftrack suspension and called it ZiS-42, according to the year of production start.
With a stronger engine and a frontal brushguard protection, the vehicle received the »M« suffix for »modified«.
Of both types, almost 6,000 were produced until 1945, some carrying the domestic 25mm and 37mm AT guns.
Underpowered and without a driven front axle, the ZiS-42(M) wasn't the definite solution for the notorious bad road conditions in Russia.
Note : All truck drawings are based on the excellent line-drawings of Mr. N. Polikarpov in the Russian magazine M-Hobby.

ZIS-42 with Canvas

... Halftrack, worn out

ZIS-42 towing the 122mm M-30 Howitzer