M2 medium tank file photo [10087]

M2

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerRock Island Arsenal
Primary RoleMedium Tank

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe T5 design was based on the M2 Light Tank, developed by the United States Army Rock Island Arsenal in the state of Illinois. In Jun 1939, the design was given the designation of M2 Medium Tank. In Aug 1940, it was decided that 1,000 units were to be constructed at the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, Michigan, United States which was operated by the manufacturing firm Chrysler. Careful observation of the war in Europe, however, soon revealed that the M2 Medium Tanks were already obsolete in modern tank warfare, thus the contract was modified so that Chrysler would manufacture M3 Lee/Grant tanks instead. Their armor was deemed too thin and the main armament was considered too weak. Rock island Arsenal built 94 M2A1 Medium Tanks before production ceased, and they were used for training purposes only per recommendation of the US Army Ordnance office in 1942.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

SPECIFICATIONS

M2A1
MachineryOne Wright R975 EC2 air-cooled supercharged gasoline radial engine rated at 400hp
SuspensionVertical volute spring suspension
Armament1x37mm M3 gun (200 rounds), 7x7.62mm Browning M1919 machine guns
Armor6.4-32mm
Crew6
Length5.38 m
Width2.59 m
Height2.82 m
Weight18.7 t
Speed42 km/h
Range210 km

Photographs

M2 Medium Tank during a training mission in the United States, date unknown




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M2 Medium Tank during a training mission in the United States, date unknown




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