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?|At first, the M5 Stuart appears to be a minor downgrade from the [[M3 Stuart]], with slightly less armor, but more hit points. However, the armor is slanted better, and doesn't make too much of a difference. This tank used to be able to equip a powerful 75mm Howitzer M3, but it was removed in Patch 9.3 and replaced with the 37mm Gun T16 automatic gun. As such, it still posses formidable firepower against lightly armored tanks, but the low penetration hinders it greatly against heavily armored tanks. However, the M5's excellent speed and agility can be used to expose the thin rear and side armor of your opponents for maximum effect. Come in fast, get close, and then get out of there. You can always come around for another pass from a different angle.+
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?* Good top speed and maneuverability+
?* Good turret traverse speed+
?* Good view and signal range+
?* The top gun has great gun depression, aim time and dispersion stats+
?* Small chunk of spaced armor near the turret machine gun+
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?* The top gun, the 37mm Gun T16 is a fully-automatic cannon, one of only 2 in the game; this means it fire 5 shells per shot, this can take quite some getting used to and the potential to hit your own allies after ducking back into cover!+
?* Has scout matchmaking, it can meet vehicles up to tier 7+
?* Poor hull and turret armor+
?* Lowest penetration of all tier 4 light tanks+
?* Pitiful alpha damage+
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?Due to its battle tier placement, this tank is relegated to a scouting role. This tank is not completely defenseless, but as it cannot stand against enemy fire, you should harass the enemy with hit and run tactics. This tank can win in a dogfight with pretty much any other tier 4 light, destroy almost any arty it will come up against, and seriously annoy anything else. If you can force the enemy's attention away from your allies, their jobs will be much easier and you will have greatly contributed to team victory. You are a very small target with passable view range, a good radio and extremely good mobility, making active scouting possible. +
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?While performance characteristics are excellent, its gun performance leaves much to be desired, as with the actual M5 Stuart. While the T16 gun allows it to pump five shots in the span less than four seconds dealing 200 damage if all shots hit, the penetration and alpha damage values are horrible; they are literally the same as the preceding gun, the 37mm Gun M6, a cannon adequate against Tier III vehicles when mounted on the M3. This severely limits the targets it can engage. Even with premium ammunition, it is incapable of penetrating the side or rear armor of some heavy tanks, tank destroyers or even a few medium tanks. If you do encounter them, then you may either retreat and let allies deal with them or pin them by tracking them long enough for allies to come to your aid. +
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?* The Continental R-975-C1 engine and the SCR 506 radio carry over from the M3 Stuart and should be installed immediately.+
?* As a scout, your primary objective is to light up enemy players, not try to kill them, therefore it is recommended that you research the VVSS T36E8 suspension first.+
?*The 37 mm Gun T16 autoloading gun is next and is needed to unlock the next module, the M5A1 turret which has more armour and an increased view range.+
?* After that, the player can choose between the M7 and the M42 Chaffee.+
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?Vents, GLD, Coated Optics, Wet Ammo Rack, Binocular Telescope, Camouflage Net+
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?[[image:United States' M5 Light Tank at the Patton Museum in Ft Knox, Kentucky.png |thumb|200px|left|The United States' M5 Light Tank at the Patton Museum in Ft Knox, Kentucky ]]+
?The Light Tank M5 was a modified [[M3 Stuart|Light Tank M3]] with a new power train and an improved armor layout. A radial engine shortage was expected in 1941, and it was decided to find alternative engines to power tanks. The engines in the M5 were Cadillac automobile engines, each with its own transmission. The hull was all-welded, and the glacis was sloped and moved out to make more room for the drivers. The drivers had their own hatches, which were equipped with periscopes. Direct vision for the drivers was through two peepholes that were closed with steel plugs attached with chains. The M5's turret was the same as that on the light tank M3A1. The M5 was originally known as light tank M4, but was redesignated to M5 to avoid confusion with the medium tank M4. The British called the M5 the Stuart VI.+
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?image:M5 Light Tank with the 761st Tank Battalion in Coburg, Germany, 21 April 1945.png{{!}}M5 Light Tank with the 761st Tank Battalion in Coburg, Germany, 21 April 1945+
?image:M5 Light Tank with the 7th US Army entering Neustadt a.d. Aisch, Germany on April 6, 1945.png{{!}}M5 Light Tank with the 7th US Army entering Neustadt a.d. Aisch, Germany on April 6, 1945+
?image:United States' M5 light tank, Stuart, gun mount.png{{!}}United States' M5 Light Tank, Stuart, gun mount+
?image:United States' M5 light tank, Stuart, on exercise in 1944.png{{!}}United States' M5 Light Tank, Stuart, on exercise in 1944+
?image:United States' M5 light tank, Stuart.png{{!}}United States' M5 Light Tank, Stuart+
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?* Hunnicutt, R. P. Stuart, A History of the American Light Tank. Vol. 1; 1992, Presidio Press. ISBN 0-89141-462-2.+
?* Zaloga, Steven. M3 & M5 Stuart Light Tank. 1999; Osprey New Vanguard 33. ISBN 978-1-85532-911-9.+
?* Zaloga, Steven. Japanese Tanks 1939-45. Osprey New Vanguard 137. ISBN 978-1-84603-091-8.+
?* Zaloga, Steven. Armored Thunderbolt, The US Army Sherman in World War II. 2008; Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0424-3.+
?* Hembree, Mark. "History You Can Model" FineScale Modeler February 2011..Page 74 (ISSN 0277-979X, USPS No. 679-590)+
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?* https://afvdb.50megs.com/usa/m5stuart.html+

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