Tankfest Northwest 2016: More of that Zippy little M3 Stuart Tank!


It was the smallest tank at Tankfest Northwest 2016  but the M3A1 Stuart light tank driving display was fast and furious to say the least. Very impressive and a lot of fun!

M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) at Tankfest Northwest 2016
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
A salute to the fallen on Memorial Day 2016

A US design that first entered service in 1941 and was in production until 1944. Approximately 25,000 Stuart light tanks rolled off the production line in that time (including the later M5 variant from 1942).

M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
Rolling into action

This M3A1 Stuart was manufactured by the American Car and Foundry Company in Berwick, Pennsylvania in 1942. It is owned and restored by Steve Greenberg of Oregon.

M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
Away we go!
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
The zippy little M3A1 Stuart light tank
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
The M3 Stuart was used by many Allied nations during WW2
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
A great driving display
M3 Stuart light tank Tankfest NorthWest 2016 FHC
An M3 Stuart light tank letting rip
M3 Stuart light tank fires 37mm cannon
Fire!
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
“Katie Sue” kicking up some gravel!
M3A1 Stuart light tank (1942) Tankfest Northwest 2016
A spirited and fun driving display

The Stuart had a 4 man crew consisting of the commander, gunner, driver and co-driver. Powered by a Continental W-670-9A, 7 cylinder, 242hp  air-cooled radial engine, it had a zippy top speed of 58 km/h (36 mph) on the road and 32 km/h (20 mph) off-road. Armed with a 37mm cannon, plus anywhere from three to five .30 caliber Browning M1919A4 machine guns (depending on the model) and reasonable armour plating the Stuart was an effective light tank (albeit lacking main gun firepower) that served with various Allied nations in the North African, European, Eastern Front (the Soviets didn’t really like it that much by all accounts – narrow tracks got stuck in the mud more easily than Soviet tanks and it didn’t have enough armour or firepower), Far East and Pacific Theatres (the small size made it effective in jungle warfare) of  World War Two and beyond.

2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment M3 Stuart light tanks in New Guinea circa 1942/43
2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment M3 Stuart light tanks in New Guinea circa 1942/43 (Photo Source: US Army)
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. GP Cox says:

    Great shots, Deano! I need one of those zippy little tanks just to survive the driving here in FL. !!

  2. Deano says:

    Thanks. I am not sure you would get great mileage but it would be fun!

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