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M3 Grant (Lee) - British Tank, WWII

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M3 (General Grant) tank

M3 (General Grant) Tank

The American M3 medium tank was modified by the British to become the M3 Grant. The double turret was changed to a single, larger and lower profile turret. The idea was that the lighter gun in the turret could exchange shots with the German Panzer III while maneuvering to shoot with the main 75mm gun in the hull. In practice, the Grant was most favorably used by placing it in front of oncoming German Panzers and firing upon then with the main gun while still out of range of the Panzers' fire. The M3 suffered under fire from its riveted construction. When struck by enemy fire, the rivets frequently broke loose and ricocheted inside the tank.