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World War 2 In Review No. 69: Fighting Vehicles

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World War 2 In Review No. 69: Fighting Vehicles

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Feb 28, 2020
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Merriam Press world War 2 In Review Series. The following articles on fighting vehicles of World War II are in this issue: (1) American Medium Tank M2 (2) German Panzerkampfwagen II Light Tank (3) Italian Lancia Lince Autoblinda Armored Car (4) American 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M5 (5) American T53 90mm Gun Motor Carriage (6) Czechoslovakian LT vz. 34 Light Tank (7) French ARL V39 Prototype Self-Propelled Assault Gun (8) German Sturer Emil Experimental Self-propelled Gun. 136 B&W and color photographs.
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World War 2 In Review No. 69: Fighting Vehicles

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2020

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World War 2 In Review presents articles and pictorials on topics covering many aspects of World War II, with coverage from the 1930s through the end of the war. In addition to new articles and pictorials on topics not previously covered, future volumes may include additional material on the subjects covered in this volume. The volumes in this series will comprise a single source for innumerable articles and tens of thousands of images of interest to anyone interested in the history and study of World War 2. While no doubt some of these images and other materials could be found online, countless hours could be spent searching thousands of web sites to find at least some of this material.

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Welcome to No. 69 of the World War 2 In Review Series

The following articles are in this issue:

(1) American Medium Tank M2

(2) German Panzerkampfwagen II Light Tank

(3) Italian Lancia Lince Autoblinda Armored Car

(4) American 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M5

(5) American T53 90mm Gun Motor Carriage

(6) Czechoslovakian LT vz. 34 Light Tank

(7) French ARL V39 Prototype Self-Propelled Assault Gun

(8) German Sturer Emil Experimental Self-propelled Gun

with 136 B&W and color photographs.

American Medium Tank M2

Medium Tank M2, 1939.

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The Medium Tank M2 was a United States Army tank that was first produced in 1939 by the Rock Island Arsenal, just prior to the commencement of the war in Europe. Production was 18 M2 tanks, and 94 slightly improved M2A1 tanks, for a total figure of 112. Events in Western Europe rapidly demonstrated that the M2 was obsolete, and it was never used overseas in combat; it was, however, used for training purposes throughout the war.

The M2’s unique features included an unusually large number of machine guns, bullet deflector plates, and sloped armor on the hull front (glacis plate). The main armament was a 37 mm (1.5 in) gun, with 32 mm (1.3 in) armor; the M2A1 had a 51 mm (2.0 in) gun mantlet. The features of the M2 series development, both good and bad, provided many lessons for U.S. tank designers that were later applied with great success in the M3 Lee, M4 Sherman and many other armored fighting vehicles.

Design

Rock Island Arsenal started work on a new medium tank, based on the design of the M2 Light Tank. Initially designated the T5, the redesigned model (with a 350 hp R-975 radial engine) was re-designated as the M2 Medium Tank in June, 1939. After the first 18 units

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