When the M3, an evolutionary design based on the M2A4, was introduced in March 1941 it was in no way competitive as a battle tank. Did anyone aside from the Israeli's use the Centurion beyond the 1970s? With greater experience, the British recognized the armament problem and upgraded to a seventeen-pounder 76 mm in the Firefly version.
Photo courtesy U. It mounted a 75 mm cannon and was protected by armor between a third of an inch and three inches thick. From 1941 to 1943 Stuarts were built in three main variants and several lesser models.
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The Cromwell replaced the ineffective Crusader and was deployed in early 1943. At that time the Tank Destroyer Command decided on a highvelocity 76 mm gun.
Throughout the war Britain produced some twenty-four thousand armored vehicles of its own but received 3,600 built in Canada and 25,600 from America. It could make 24 mph on roads and 10 mph cross country. In Normandy, the M3 had no chance against German armor but was useful as an infantry support and reconnaissance vehicle. The M1 Tank Engine. LGrum, on Oct 23 2010 - 11: Erictheawful 15 Posted Oct 25 2010 - 18: The three-man crew fired a 76 mm close-support howitzer, being protected by armor of half-inch maximum thickness.
However, it also had significant advantages, not least of which was availability. If anything, Britain obtained too many different models of tanks and armored vehicles, where it might have concentrated on a few proven designs. LGrum 6 Posted Oct 24 2010 - 09: As a production expedient this self-propelled assault gun was based on the Panzer Mark III chassis with 20-to-81-millimeter 0.
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The M1A1, introduced in the late '80s, had a larger gun and improved armor. Total M3 production was some 13,600 tanks, of which 5,400 were provided to Britain and 1,600 to Russia.