M3 MEDIUM TANK
M-3 Lee ARMAMENT DAMAGE RANGE AMMO
blank 75mm M3 tank gun (hull) 10d6+4/1y AP or 10d6/2y HE 600 46
blank 37mm M6 tank gun (turret) 8d6+6/1y AP or 7d6/2y HE 600 178
blank 4 x .30 M1919A4 MG(coaxial,turret,bow,bow) 2d6+4 110 9200
Grant MkI ARMAMENT DAMAGE RANGE AMMO
blank 75mm M3 tank gun (hull) 10d6+4/1y AP or 10d6/2y HE 600 46
blank 37mm M6 tank gun (turret) 8d6+6/1y AP or 7d6/2y HE 600 178

Developed during the rearmament program of 1941, 5000 M3 Lee medium tanks were built between April 1941 and April 1942. Based on intelligence gathered in the first two years of the war, the US Army believed that the 37mm gun was inadequate, but could not yet fit the new 75mm gun into a revolving turret. The M3 was designed as an interim solution, with its 37mm gun in the turret and a 75mm gun in a sponsoon off the hull. Though the 75mm gun did not have full freedom of movement, it would prove very effective in North Africa.

The M3 was issued in great numbers to British and Commonwealth forces, both in its original condition, which the British named Lee, and as a model built to British specifications, called the the Grant MkI. Besides other changes, the Grant got rid of the cupola above the turret so as to make the tank's tall silhouette less of an inviting target on the flat North African battlefield. Though obsolete by mid-1943 and replaced by the M4 Sherman with American troops, both the Lee and Grant versions of the M3 remained in use by British and Commonwealth forces, especially in the Far East, where they served throughout the war.


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