The M-24 Chaffee was named after Major General Adna Romanza Chaffee Jr. who is considered the father of the US Armored branch. It was developed to correct the deficiencies found in the M-3 Stuart by increasing the armor, a new 75mm main gun and the first time a torsion bar suspension was added to an American tank. It wasn’t until the latter months of the war in Europe that the Chaffee made its appearance but they played a major role in the Battle of the Bulge and the push into Germany. The M-24 was considered as possibly the best Light Tank of WWII.
Date of service: 1944
Country: United States of America
Type: Light Tank
Dimensions: Length - 5.49 m (18 ft)
Width - 2.95 m (9.7 ft)
Height - 2.77 m (9 ft)
Combat weight: 18,207 kg (20 tons)
Engine: Twin Cadillac 44T24 V-8 220 horsepower gasoline
Speed: 54 km/h (33.5 mph)
Range: 160 km (99 mi)
Armament: 1 X 75mm M6 main gun
2 X .30 caliber Browning machine guns
1 X .50 caliber Browning machine gun
1 X M3 mortar
- M24 Chaffee - 6th Division, JSDF.