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M3_Stuart_LL (Stock)

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Totals
850 Price
220 Hit Points
11.93 / 12.5 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
38/25/25Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
38/25/25Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
268 h.p.Engine Power
61 km/hSpeed Limit
40 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
40 Standard Shell Damage
48 mmStandard Shell Penetration
2.5 Time for Complete Loading
40 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
280 mView Range
325 mSignal Range
M3 Light
III
M3 Light
850
The most famous light tank of World War II, with a total of 13,859 vehicles manufactured from 1941 through September 1943. 1,576 tanks (mostly of the M3A1 version) were supplied to the U.S.S.R. under Lend-Lease, and many more to the British.

It was previously available to new players for completing the in-game training course. It's slightly better than a stock M3 Stuart, but inferior to one that's been fully upgraded. Even so, don't underestimate this tank, as it still has decent top speed and a fast-firing cannon.

M3 Light

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret II D37812 1250 38/25/25 40 280
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 37 mm M5 78 48/70/19 40/40/50 24 0.46 1.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Continental W-670 256 268 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II Stuart E1 3000 12.5 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IV SCR 209 0 325

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Lend-Lease Oil
Extra Combat Rations
Removed Speed Governor
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Excellent top speed
  • Good turret traverse speed and elevation arc
  • Good rate of fire
  • Very good frontal armor for light tank, immune to most machineguns and autocannons (except weak spots like driver's hatch)
  • Does not encounter tier 5 battles, unlike the regular Stuart


Cons:


  • Poor damage and penetration
  • Poor view and signal range


Performance

The short signal range makes it less beneficial as a scout than it otherwise could be. However, it is a effective flanker, and it has a fast firing cannon but low penetration, so shooting at the sides of enemy tanks in a must.


Historical Info

From the summer of 1942, when enough US medium tanks had been received, the British usually kept Stuarts out of tank-to-tank combat, using them primarily for reconnaissance. The turret was removed from some examples to save weight and improve speed and range. These became known as "Stuart Recce". Some others were converted to armored personnel carriers and were known as "Stuart Kangaroo", and some were converted command vehicles and known as "Stuart Command". M3s, M3A3s, and M5s continued in British service until the end of the war, but British units had a smaller proportion of these light tanks than US units. The other major Lend-Lease recipient of the M3, the Soviet Union, was even less happy with the tank, considering it undergunned, underarmored, likely to catch fire, and too sensitive to fuel quality. The narrow tracks were highly unsuited to operation in winter conditions, as they resulted in high ground pressures under which the tank sank into the snow. Further, the M3's radial aircraft engine required high-octane fuel, which complicated Soviet logistics as most of their tanks used diesel. However, the M3 was superior to early-war Soviet light tanks such as the T-60, which were often underpowered and possessed even lighter armament than the Stuart. In 1943, the Red Army tried out the M5 and decided that the upgraded design was not much better than the M3. Being less desperate than in 1941, the Soviets turned down an American offer to supply the M5. M3s continued in Red Army service at least until 1944.



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