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Light Tank M3A1 (Stuart III)

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1941
Quantity Produced4621
Weightunknown
Crew4
M.G's small4
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length4.58 mtr
Width2.26 mtr
Height2.31 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed34 mph
Max Cross Country Speed20 mph
Range Road124 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacity54 gal
Horse Power250 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The Light tank M3 Stuart V was a tank based on the M2A4 with the 37mm anti tank gun having a gyrostabiliser.

The power was provided by a 250hp Continental petrol engine, driving through the front drive wheel, then via 2 pairs of road wheels to a rear idler then back over 3 return rollers.

This model had the sponson machine guns removed and a bulge at the rear of the turret for a radio.

Armour Details
Turret
Front38mm@0°(38mm)
Side25mm@0°(25mm)
Rear25mm@0°(25mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Superstructure
Front38mm@45°(54mm)
Side25mm@0°(25mm)
Rear25mm@0°(25mm)
Top9mm@90°(9 mm)
Hull
Front38mm@45°(54mm)
Side25mm@0°(25mm)
Rear25mm@0°(25mm)
Top9mm@90°(9 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 54 mm - Minimum 9 mm


Weapon Details
37mm Antitank Gun M6
Calibre37mm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
AP(AP) 37mm 0.86Kg   885M/Sec 25mm@2000m
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.12 0.24 0.51 1.15 2.01 3.19 4.93 7.73
Penetration(mm) 60 58 55 48 41 35 28 21
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 96 64 25 8 2

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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