By Steven J. Zaloga

The background folks mild tanks in the course of international battle II is a chequered one. the sunshine Battalions folks Armored Divisions have been before everything jam-packed with M3A1 and M5 Stuart tanks, even though, at the battlefields of North Africa it used to be realised that those have been disastrously lower than armoured and gunned, and a substitute, or the abandonment of sunshine tank doctrine, used to be desperately wanted. It wasn't till the previous few months of WWII that the M24 Chaffee got here into carrier and it was once greatly utilized in strive against from the conflict of the Bulge to the ultimate campaigns in Germany. This publication will hint the background of this layout, its strive against checklist in international conflict II, its many versions, and its large wrestle list publish 1945.

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