This is an amazin story, which all of us have the hopeless that will be a very successful. This M3 Grant Light Tank was originally used by the British army in North Africa. The tank sustained battle damage from German anti tank and small arms fire during it's tour of duty.
Grants served with the British in North Africa until the end of the campaign. The M3 was able to engage German tanks and towed anti-tank guns. Yet the high silhouette and low, hull-mounted 75-mm were tactical drawbacks, since they prevented fighting from a hull-down firing position.
The use of riveted hull superstructure armor on the early versions led to spalling, where the impact of enemy shells caused the rivets to break off and become projectiles inside the tank. Later models were built with all-welded armor to eliminate this problem.
After the Germans were defeated in North Africa, a number of these British owned Grants were transferred to the Australian army. All of these ex British Grants were delivered to Western Australia and that is where they remained for the duration of the war.
After war ending, all surplus Grants were sold off at disposal auctions state wide. This particular Grant was most probably sold from the wheatbelt town of Nungarin.
It was a farmer who bought T24676 for the purpose of using it to clear scrub and other towing duties around the farm. To lighted the weight of the tank, the turret was removed and disposed of. Eventually abandoned on the farm, T24676 has embarked on a new lease of life after a collector found her sitting in a paddock.
Transported to her new home in rural Western Australia, T24676 will undergo a full ground up restoration.