M3 Grant Tank

M3 Grant Tank

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The Grant was the British version of the Lee American tank, with a different turret. With a 75mm gun in a sponson this was America's first attempt at a medium tank, which certainly gave it impressive firepower for 1942, but its deployment in the Western Desert by the British, and Tunisia by the Americans identified its shortcomings. With a tall profile it was easy to spot at distance, and its armour was not very thick. Consequently it was considered a 'stopgap' tank, and was replaced later by the Sherman. The M3 was provided to Russia in large numbers under lend-lease and still proved itself in the Pacific theatre until the end of the war though. Around 6000 of all variants were produced.