Help us save and post more orphaned films! New Vanguard Nr. Improvements in casting technology and success with the 37mm (1.46 in) turret on the M3 Tank encouraged development of a compact, curved unit, which was drawn up by March 1941. For a light scouting tank this was a good asset, especially when compared to German Panzer I and II for example, although the M3 was quite heavier and better protected. M47 (Patton II) Medium Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle. Improvements in casting technology and success with the 37mm (1.46in) turret on the M3 encouraged development of a compact, curved unit, which was drawn up by March 1941. The British fought with this tank in North Africa as early as 1941. Mar 24, 2018 - Explore Owen Latini's board "M3 Medium Tank WW2" on Pinterest. The M3 Medium Tank was produced from August 1941 until December 1942 and during that time over 6,200 were produced in a testament to American industrial ability to ramp up production in a short time. Some M3 medium tanks were provided to the Soviet Union as part of the lend-lease agreement. The first American main battle tank employed in combat in World War II was the M3. Like many other American tanks of the time, the M3's hull was riveted. Following heavy British tank losses in France, the Commonwealth turned to the US to bolster their tank stocks, and the M3 was adapted, through the use of a different turret style, to fill this need. The M3 Lee Medium Tank Page: All variants, one page, the Grant too. Steven J. Zaloga. Hardcover, 470 pages, 700 illustrations, mostly b/w, 2020, $79.95). 2005 + Actions Stash . 11. The M3 and its variants saw service in Africa, and in the Asian theatre. Originally designed to modernize U.S. tanks roster, it served as an interim tank until the arrival of the Sherman. 30. The first tanks arrived only a few months after the first prototypes of the Australian Cruiser Tank were completed, and by the time the go ahead for the AC production was given, substantial numbers of M3 Medium tanks were in Australia and already equipping the units of the 1 st Armoured Division. The Medium Tank M3/ Grant/ Lee was the first American medium tank to carry a 75mm gun, and played a significant part in the fighting in North Africa in 1942, but it was always seen as a interim design as its main gun was carried in the right of the hull, and it had been rushed into production to fill a gap before the arrival of the Medium Tank M4 Sherman. 113. Nov 15, 2020 - The British, Australian and Soviet Red Army continued using the M3 "Grant", M3 "Lee" and their variants even after this Medium Tank was declared OBSOLETE in April 1944. The Medium Tank M3, more commonly known as the M3 Lee or M3 Grant, was an American-made medium tank that was prominent in the US and British military.. Part of the M3’s success was thanks to the United Kingdom’s demand for 3,650 medium tanks, with most of these units supplied through the United States Lend-Lease Act (which was set up to aid US allies). 'M3 Medium Tank vs Panzer III' did nothing to dispell them, if anything it is perhaps the best example so far of a book in this series missing the intended mark by a wide marigin. This new tank would eventually be known as the M4 Sherman medium tank, a complex and powerful tank that would take years to design and produce. The Medium Tank M3A1 was the only version of the Medium Tank M3/ Grant/ Lee to use a cast upper hull. M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4) Medium Tank. The medium tank M3 was based on the medium tank M2, utilizing its suspension, power train, and other mechanical parts.While the M3 was called Lee I by the British, they also had their own version of the tank that they dubbed cruiser tank Grant I. It was successfully used in campaigns in North Africa. 2005 + Actions Stash . M3 Lee's under assembly. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the “Lee”, named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Early production tanks had an M2 75mm instead of the improved M3 gun. The American M3 Grant or Lee medium-tank was hopelessly obsolete by 1943 but that didn’t stop it from participating in the largest tank-on-tank engagement in history, the Battle of Kursk in Russia. In Britain, the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration and crew size. 32. This is especially true of the hull. M-3 Grant/Lee nomenclature is confusing. 1950. M3 Medium Tank is a unit type in Close Combat: The Bloody First. This led to work on the idea of … M3 Lee Grant: The Design, Production and service of the M3 Medium Tank, the Foundation of America’s Tank Industry, by David Doyle (ISBN 978-0993564680, AFV Modeller Publications, available in the US from DavidDoyleBooks.com. A WWII-era U.S. medium tank. M3 Lee medium tank is a 5-stared unit affiliated with Camp Liberty. In the meantime the M3 medium tank was rushed into production, mounting a 75mm main gun in an antiquated hull-mounted sponson. Continue Scrolling to See Additional Entries. Armed with a 75mm side gun and 37mm gun on its rotating turret, tanks with a US turret were called "Lee" and a British turret was referred to as "Grant". M3 Medium (Lee/Grant) AFV Profiles Nr. Later, as more-advanced tanks became available, notably the M4 … Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis + Actions Stash. New Vanguard Nr. M3 Lee / M3 Grant (Medium Tank, M3) Medium Tank. The names were dependent on the turret configuration of the tanks and the crew size. The M3 Medium was always regarded as an interim solution to US tank needs while a turret could be produced to mount a 75mm (2.93 in) gun. Like many other American tanks of the time, the M3's hull was riveted. The M3 Lee, officially Medium Tank, M3, was an American medium tank used during World War II. M3 'Lee' Medium Tank - The M3 Lee first entered the war as part of the lend-lease program under British command known as the Grant. Love our channel? The M3 Medium was always regarded as an interim solution to US tank needs while a turret could be produced to mount a 75mm (2.95in) gun. In Britain, the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration and crew size. M3 was created in 1940 on the basis of the M2 tank, and saw mass production from June 1941 through December 1942. The M3 had a 10-foot, 3-inch silhouette and was powered by a Wright radial 340-hp engine that produced a maximum speed of 26 mph. M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-1945. The Medium Tank, M3 is an American medium tank developed early during the second world war. Width: 8 ft, 7 inches. See more ideas about Tank, Ww2 tanks, Ww2. 1942. It was also used on the M2 medium tank, but was clearly insufficient compared to other European medium tanks. The M3 Medium Tank was powered by a 9 cylinder Wright Continental R975 giving the tank a top speed of 21 mph with a range of 120 miles. The M3 Medium Tank was the direct precursor to the M4 Sherman. The M3 was developed as an interim measure, knowing beforehand that it was close to obsolete even prior to entering service. M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-1945. 1951. The Medium M3 Tank (or M3 Lee or Grant) was an American medium tank. 113. The M3 chassis: Height: 10 ft, 3 inches. The Medium Tank M3 was not only the first American tank to be built at different factories, it was the first to be produced in many variants. Despite the superficial appeal that two guns seemingly … Designated the “medium tank M3”, the first contract was awarded to Chrylser on 28 Aug., 1940 for 1,000 units, before the design was even finalized. The M3 Lee, officially Medium Tank, M3, was an American medium tank used during World War II.In Britain, the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration and crew size. The 30-ton Medium Tank M3 was similar in dimensions to the M2A1 it replaced and had the same engine and suspension system. The M3 medium tank, largely overshadowed by its successor the M4 Sherman, has a few stylish distinctions to it: It had two names, after American civil war generals who were archfoes.It co-starred in a famous Hollywood movie with Humphrey Bogart. The M3 Lee, officially Medium Tank, M3, was an American medium tank used during World War II. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the "Lee", named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. 11. 31. The vehicle was named after the Confederate General of the U.S. Civil War, R. Lee. The M3 was America's replacement of the M2 medium tank. M3 Lee was a medium tank built by the US and used in WWII by the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.. 9 ft 11 inches in the M3 Grant. The Medium Tank M3 was not only the first American tank to be built at different factories, it was the first to be produced in many variants. M3 Medium (Lee/Grant) AFV Profiles Nr. M3 Lee: The First Combat Ready American Medium This was the first version of the tank and used a riveted hull with the R975 radial engine powering it, the suspension and tracks were very similar to the M2 medium. M46 Patton (General Patton) Medium Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle. Steven J. Zaloga. Honey), and the M-3 Medium Tank is known as both the Grant and the Lee in British service. "The M3 medium tank came as quite a shock when first issued to the new U.S. armored divisions because of its sheer size compared to the more famil­iar light tanks… Grant. 1952. During World War II, the M3 Lee was an early American medium tank. Initially the M3 had a riveted hull, which was upgraded first to a cast hull, then to an all welded hull. 33. The original M3 was constructed from sheets of rolled armour that was riveted together, but the turret was built using cast armour. M48 Patton. Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis + Actions Stash. It was known by two names, “Lee” and “Grant”. Also, widely recognized under its U.K. designation, M3 Grant, named after the General of the federal troops U. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the "Lee", named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Variants using British pattern turrets were known as "Grant," named after Union General Ulysses S. Grant. You can read the history of the battle here , but the BLUF is that lend-lease M3 Grant tanks equipped several Russian units by mid-1943. Out of 80+ pages perhaps five or six are mildly associated with the topic insinuated by series title, the remainder is, if anything, a comparison of U.S. vs German armoured units. 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