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M3 Stuart Light tank

The M3 Stuart, formally Light Tank M3, was an American light tank of World War II. It was used by British and Commonwealth forces prior to the entry of the USA into the war, and thereafter by US and Allied forces until the end of the war. The name General Stuart or Stuart given by the British comes from the American Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart and was used for both the M3 and the derivative M5 Light Tank; in British service it also had the unofficial nickname of Honey (named when a tank driver remarked "She's a honey"). To the United States Army the tanks were officially known only as "Light Tank M3" and "Light Tank M5".

M3 Stuart Light tank


Weight: 14.7 tonnes (32,400 lb)

Length: 4.5 m (14.8 ft)

Width: 2.46 m (8.1 ft)

Height: 2.3 m (7.5 ft)

Crew: 4 (Commander, gunner, driver, co-driver)

Armor: 13–51 mm

Primary armament: 37 mm M6 in M44 mount / 174 rounds

Secondary armament: 3 × .30-06 Browning M1919A4 MG / 7,500 rounds

Engine: Continental W-670-9A, 7 Cylinder air-cooled radial
250 hp (186 kW)

Power/weight: 17.82 hp/tonne

Suspension: Vertical volute spring

Operational range: 120 km (74 mi)

Speed: 58 km/h (36 mph) (road) / 30 km/h (18 mph) (off-road)


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