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Light Tank M5A1

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1942
Quantity Produced6810
Weightunknown
Crew4
M.G's small3
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length4.89 mtr
Width2.31 mtr
Height2.43 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed40 mph
Max Cross Country Speed24 mph
Range Road100 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacity89 gal
Horse Power250 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The Light tank M5A1 was a tank based on the M5 with the 37mm anti tank gun having a gyrostabiliser.

The power was provided by twin Cadillac 121hp petrol engines, 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 was all welded and had a bulge at the rear of the turret for a radio.

Armour Details
Turret
Front51mm@0°(51mm)
Side32mm@0°(32mm)
Rear32mm@0°(32mm)
Top12mm@90°(12 mm)
Superstructure
Front57mm@45°(81mm)
Side28mm@0°(28mm)
Rear28mm@0°(28mm)
Top9mm@90°(9 mm)
Hull
Front57mm@45°(81mm)
Side28mm@0°(28mm)
Rear28mm@0°(28mm)
Top9mm@90°(9 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 81 mm - Minimum 9 mm


Weapon Details
37mm Antitank Gun M3
Manufactured1938 - unknown
Calibre37mm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
AP(AP) 37mm 0.86Kg   885M/Sec 25mm@915m
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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