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Atlas Editions 1:72 Military Vehicles 4660-110
M3 Grant Diecast Model
British Army 10th Armoured Div, North Africa, 1942

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
M3 Grant   3.25"   1.5"

The Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. In Britain the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the "Lee", named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Variants using British pattern turrets were known as "Grant", named after U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant. Design commenced in July 1940 and the first M3s were operational in late 1941. The U.S. Army needed a good tank and coupled with the United Kingdom's demand for 3,650 medium tanks immediately, the Lee began production by late 1940. The design was a compromise meant to produce a tank as soon as possible. The M3 had considerable firepower as it was well armed and provided good protection, but had certain serious drawbacks in its general design and shape, such as: a high silhouette, an archaic sponson mounting of the main gun, riveted construction, and poor off-road performance. Its overall performance was not satisfactory and the tank was withdrawn from front line duty - except in the remote areas of the Asian Theater by British forces as late as mid-1944 or later - as soon as the M4 Sherman became available in large numbers

M3 Grant

The M3 first saw action against Rommel's forces in North Africa, in 1942. It battled on every front, fighting for the armies of United States, United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, eventually replaced by the superior M4 Sherman tank series. The M3 had an unusual turret design with the main weapon -a 75 mm gun- in an off center mounting in the hull. A small cupola on top held a machine gun, giving the effect of one turret on top of another. Unhappy with the tall profile, The British, had their own turret fitted-this one lower in profile with a bustle at the back for the radio set. Tanks manufactured with the new turret received the name Grant while the original M3s were called Lee.

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Atlas Editions 1:72 Military Vehicles

The Atlas Editions "1:72 Military Vehicles" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military vehicles in 1:72 scale.

Atlas Editions "Military Vehicles" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Rotating turret and accurate hull.
  • Painted, fitted, non-moving tracks on detailed non-rotating wheels.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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