Early M3A1 Stuart III

1999 J. Hornbostle
1999 J. Hornbostle

Comparison of this tank with the M3 (Diesel) Stuart II shows how the layout of air intake hoses differs between the diesel and gasoline M3s. It is also clear that the pistol ports have been raised significantly on the M3A1 (and M3 Hybrids). This was due to the turret basket which meant that the turrt crew were to seated in a higher position in the turret than when standing in the earlier M3s. The semicircular protrusions on the roof of turret are protective guards for the gunner's perscopic sight, the commanders periscope is not afforded any such protection.

1999 J. Hornbostle