M3 Stuart 'Honey' Tank

Officially called Light Tank M3 and named after the Civil War Confederate General J E B Stuart. It was nicknamed 'Honey' and manufactured in the US between March1941 and Oct 1943. It was an improvement on the M2 with thicker armour, better suspension and a gun recoil system. It was armed with a 37mm M5 gun that could fire high explosive shells, and M1919 Browning machine guns. The early German tanks did not outclass the Stuart and the Italian tanks were inferior. The main problem was the limited range of the Stuart. If they outpaced their supplies they would be stranded without fuel. But it was a fast vehicle and mechanically reliable.

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