American Army: M24 Chaffee Light Tank


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M24 Chaffee
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Conceived to replace the M3/M5 Stuart light tanks, the M24 Chaffee fought in US service during the later years of WWII and on into the Korean War. The Chaffee also served with British and Russian forces during the Second World War. Reliable, armed with a 75mm gun and with a good off-road performance, the M24 was popular with its crews.

Initially produced as a replacement for the M3/M5 Stuart light tanks, the armor of the M24 was purposely kept light, with a glacis plate only 25mm thick (although its heavy slope increased its effectiveness). A vastly upgraded lightweight 75mm gun (compared to the 37mm gun found on the Stuart) and its much lower silhouette made it popular with those crewing it. The M24 was nicknamed 'Chaffee' by the British after the US Army General Adna R. Chaffee one of the key proponents of tank development and use in US armed forces.

Nearly 5,000 M24 Chaffees were produced during World War II. The first 34 M24s reahced Europe in November 1944 and 17 each were issued to F Company, 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Battalion, both part of the 2nd Cavalry Group (Mechanised). During the Battle of the Bulge, in the Ardennes the following month, these units were rushed to the southern sector.

The M24 Chaffee would go on to see action during the Korean War, Indo-Pakistani War and French actions in Indochina and Algeria. Uruguay even has around a dozen in service today!

Models supplied unpainted and require assembly. Any scenery shown, paint or glue not included, contents may vary from those shown on box.