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Already proven by the US Army as a combative recce vehicle in the European theatre, the Pondskater is a perfect vehicle for the complex terrain in the Pacific theatre of operations. With less space to conduct recce operations, the agile and robust Pondskater was quickly utilised by the USMC as a weapons platform, often with local or field modifications to replace the weaponry. After recognition at higher levels, the M3A5 was designed for the USMC, with improved water-proofing and wading capability, a slightly larger powerpack and purpose designed weapon options. It retains its two-man crew, and enhanced radio communications, even making it able to act as a rebro in dense terrain when fitted with a suitable antenna. When used as a weapon platform the M3A5 can be fitted with single or dual .50 cal machine guns or newly designed 75mm recoilless rifle, more than a match for most Japanese armour. The USMC can use the Pondskater in littoral operations and beach assaults, with its ability to wade ashore and engage defensive positions being vital to successful operations.
Overall the Pondskater is a fast and agile walker, and with the USMC’s reputation for versatility and ingenuity, has become a workhorse in the field. Whether it's providing command communications, suppressing fire with HMGs or knocking out bunkers and tanks with its recoilless rifle, the Pondskater is involved at every level of Marine operations.