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This very special episode, is part of a different batch of the Inside the Tanks series. On it they are going to take a slightly different look at not one, but two light tanks: the M5 Stuart and the M24 Chaffee. Both of them American and both extensively used by other armies. 

The M5 was an American light tank. It was a further modification of the M3 Stuart. Two main differences. One hand, a new power train, for it were used Cadillac automobile engines, each with its own transmission. By the other hand, an improved armor layout. The hull was all-welded, and the glacis was sloped and moved out to make more room for the drivers. The drivers had their own hatches, which were equipped with periscopes. Direct vision for the drivers was through two peepholes that were closed with steel plugs attached with chains.

The M24 Chaffee was also an American light tank, which was used during the later part of World War II, by September 1943. It was intended as a replacement for the M3 Stuart. The weight of the vehicle was kept under 20 tons, and the armor was also kept light, although with better layout because was sloped at 60 degrees from the vertical. It was armed with a new lightweight 75 mm gun, based on the gun used in the B-25H Mitchell bomber, with a thinly walled barrel and different recoil mechanism. Tracks were wider. It was equipped with a torsion bar suspension. It had relatively low silhouette and a three-man turret.

An important fact was that, by the end of the war many armored divisions were still mainly equipped with the M5s. Some armored divisions did not receive their first M24s until the war was over. 

On this video you can find some really superb analysis with real historical value. The production values of this video are amazing. The old news reels are a very nice touch. From ww2live we recommend watch this episode of Inside the Tanks, and find out why they are doing these together.


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