The M3 Stuart, officially the Light Tank, M3 for American forces was supplied to British and other Commonwealth forces under lend-lease prior to the entry of the U.S.A entering WW2.
It saw service in both Europe and the Far East theaters and was used by U.S. and Allied forces until the end of the war.
After the disastrous Battle of Kasserine Pass in North Africa, the U.S. quickly followed the British in disbanding most of their light tank battalions. Then they reorganizing medium tank battalions to include one company of light tanks.
From then on the Stuarts successfully performed scouting and infantry support roles for the rest of the war in the European theater of operations.
However, the Stuart was still effective in combat in the Pacific Theater. Because Japanese tanks were both relatively rare and were lighter in armored. Also, Japanese infantrymen were not well equipped with anti-tank weapons, so often had to physically assault the tank with improvised devices.
Principle Users by
British & Commonwealth Armies / Polish
Captured and used by German & Japanese. Late War Tito's Partisans in Yugoslavia.
This box contains
1 x plastic M3 Light tank with options to use:
- 5 MMG
- External Fuel tanks
- Sand guards
- Rounded or plate turret variants
Note: Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.