Tanks are monsters of destruction on the battlefield, but they're not indestructible themselves. If one is rendered immobile in combat, how does it make its way off the field to be repaired? Meet the U.S. Army's M25, which consists of the 240-h.p. M26 tractor truck (the M26A1 is the unarmored "soft-cab" version) and 40-ton M15 semitrailer. Approximately 1,300 of these recovery vehicles were manufactured in the 1940s, so they've become a very rare find. Luckily, we managed to find one.
Join Nicholas "The Chieftain" Moran at the Museum of American Armor in Long Island, New York, to take a closer look at this hefty support vehicle. In the second of two parts, the Chieftain checks out the transporter's recovery component and engine, describing how it can tow a disabled tank off the battlefield. For more information on this vehicle, please see Inside the Chieftain's Hatch: Dragon Wagon, Part 1.
If you're curious about what it takes to maintain and restore these war machines, take a look at our Behind the Scenes of The Tank Museum: Restoration Team Interview. Want to see other tanks featured on Inside the Hatch? Visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel, if you haven't already!