The M3 Stuart, officially Light Tank, M3, was an American light tank of World War II. It was supplied to British and other Commonwealth forces under lend-lease prior to the entry of the U.S. into the war. Thereafter, it was used by U.S. and Allied forces until the end of the war. The British service name “Stuart” came from the American Civil War Confederate general J. E. B. Stuart and was used for both the M3 and the derivative M5 Light Tank. In U.S. use, the tanks were officially known as “Light Tank M3” and “Light Tank M5”. Stuarts were the first American-crewed tanks in World War II to engage the enemy in tank versus tank combat. The Stuart was also the light tank counterpart of the M3 Lee, which was a medium tank.
Source: M3 Stuart on Wikipedia
Specifications (Light Tank M3A3 (Stuart V)) : Weight 32,400 lb (14,700 kg) Length 14 ft 2.4 in (4.33 m) Width 8 ft 1.2 in (2.47 m) Height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) Crew 4 (Commander, gunner, driver, co-driver) Armor 13–51 mm (0.51–2.01 in) Main armament 37 mm M6 in M44 mount 174 rounds Secondary armament 3 × .30-06 Browning M1919A4 MG 7,500 rounds Engine Continental W-670-9A, 7 cylinder air-cooled radial 250 hp (190 kW) Power/weight 17.82 hp/tonne Suspension Vertical volute spring Operational range 74 mi (119 km) Speed 36 mph (58 km/h) on road 18 mph (29 km/h) off-road
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The M3A1 Stuart was a light tank used by the United States and its allies during World War II. It was an improved version of the M3 Stuart, with a new turret design and a coaxial machine gun. The M3A1 Stuart had a four-man crew and was armed with a 37 mm gun and three .30 caliber machine guns. It had a gasoline engine that gave it a top speed of 36 mph and a range of 100 miles. The M3A1 Stuart was mainly used for reconnaissance and infantry support, but it could also engage enemy tanks in some situations. The M3A1 Stuart was well-liked by its crews for its speed, maneuverability, and reliability. However, it also had some drawbacks, such as its thin armor, limited firepower, and high fuel consumption. The M3A1 Stuart was gradually replaced by more powerful tanks as the war progressed, but it remained in service until the end of the war in some theaters.
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