The M3 and M5 family of light tanks were the culmination of American tank development of the 1930s. By the time of the outbreak of the World War II, they were approaching obsolescence, as tank forces in Europe were shifting from light to medium tanks as the main element of their armored forces. First entering combat in the autumn of 1941 in the Western Desert with the British Army, the Stuart quickly proved its inadequacies. The M3 and M5 light tanks proved more suitable in the Pacific theater than in Europe, and fought successfully in many of the major battles including Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Peleliu. This title narrates this distinctive and unusual fighting vehicle's history.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Combat Car and Light Tank · Lessons of the Spanish Civil War · The M3 Light Tank · The M3 Stuart Goes to War · Desert Debut · First Combat in Asia · M3 Development Continued · Improving the Turret: The M3A1 Light Tank · Improving the Hull: The M3A3 and M5 Light Tank · Specialized Stuart variants · The M3 and M5 in combat · North Africa · The Stuart in the Pacific · The Stuart in Northern Europe 1944-5 · Stuarts in the Mediterranean Theater · Post-war use of the Stuart · The Plates

Product details

Published Apr 28 2022
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472857804
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 46 b/w; 11 col
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 33
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Steven J. Zaloga

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