The M24 Chaffee was an American light tank, used during the latter part of World War II. The M24 Chaffee was intended to replace the aging and obsolete Light Tank M5 (Stuart), which was used in supplementary roles. 

The project began in April 1943. In October 1943 the first pilot vehicle was delivered. Production began in 1944 at Cadillac and at Massey-Harris (United State). By the time production was stopped in August 1945, 4,731 M24s had left the assembly lines.

The M24 started to enter widespread issue in December 1944, but they were slow in reaching the front-line combat units. Reports from the armored divisions that received them prior to the end of hostilities were generally positive. Crews liked the improved off-road performance and reliability, but were most appreciative of the 75 mm main gun, which was a vast improvement over the 37 mm. 

The M24 was not up to the challenge of fighting German tanks, but the bigger gun at least gave its crews a much better chance to fight back when it was required. The M24's light armor made it vulnerable to virtually all German tanks, anti-tank guns, and hand-held anti-tank weapons. 

The contribution of the M24 to winning the war in Europe was insignificant, as too few arrived too late to replace the worn-out M5s of the armored divisions.

Here I leave a replica made through a conversion based on a British FV434 by Elite Militaria. Several photographs of the finished tank and a video of the tank with its primer coat of red oxide. His price is around £38,000 (Subject to suitable donor vehicle)

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