The M3 "Stuart" was the only American tank design to see combat from the opening days of the war right up through the end. The name "General Stuart" or "Stuart" given by the British comes from the American Civil War Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. In British service it also had the unofficial nickname of "Honey", after a tank driver remarked "She's a honey", in homage to their reliability and speed. To the United States Army, the tank was officially known only as "Light Tank M3".
The M3A1 (second variant) was armed with a 37mm M5 gun and three .30-06 Browning M1919A4 machine guns. The Stuart was intended to be a fast and lightly armored tank. The gun looked powerful, enough to defeat the armor of all the heaviest Axis tanks at the outbreak of the war. However, when it entered in combat, the British tank crews complained of the ineffective 37-millimeter guns and the short range.
- Machinery: One Continental W-670-9A 7-cylinder air-cooled radial engine rated at 250hp
- Suspension: Vertical volute spring
- Armament: 1x37mm M6 gun (174 rounds), 3x7.62mm Browning M1919A4 machine guns
- Armor: 13-51mm
- Crew: 4
- Length: 4.50 m
- Width: 2.46 m
- Height: 2.30 m
- Weight: 14.7 t: Speed: 30 km/h off-road; 58 km/h on-road
- Range: 120 km
The M3 first saw action during Operation Crusader in 1941, fighting under British side. However, the result ended with heavy losses, due to the better training the German Afrika Korps had compared to the British tank doctrine. In the Pacific, the Stuarts were the first tanks America used in a tank vs. tank operation against the Imperial Japanese Army, where five M3s fought Type 95 Ha-Gos in the Phillippines. Though the Stuarts were newer than the Japanese tank designs by about five years, they were seen as equal in performance and firepower.
The Stuart was soon outclassed by more modern German tanks. In the latter stages of World War II, M3 light tanks operated largely as reconnaissance vehicles only in Europe as they were outclassed by the typical German armor, but in the war against Japan they remained useful as combat vehicles.
M3 Stuart light tanks were also delivered to the Red Army and the UK via Lend-Lease to be used on all fronts in World War II beginning in 1941. Despite their dwindling capabilities in battle, the Stuart was kept in service up until the end of the war due to the large production numbers. All in all, the Stuart light tank design and its variants were produced in massive quantities from March 1941 to October 1943 with a total of 25,000 units produced.
This M3 Stuart Tank runs well. It´s in very tidy condition. It has diesel engine to make reliable and economical. It has a lot of accessories on it including siren, tools, and rear wading chute. It has dummy barrel and machine gun covers.
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