M3 & M5 Stuart Light Tank 1940–45

M3 & M5 Stuart Light Tank 1940–45

New Vanguard 33
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: NVG 33
  • Publication Date: 18 Nov 1999
  • ISBN: 9781855329119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

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.

Biographical Note

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armored vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the World War II, and he has also written extensively on American armored forces.Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, completing assignments in a wide variety of fields. Jim has a keen interest in military subjects, both aviation and armour, and is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association.

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

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