M5 LIGHT TANK (General Stuart)

M5 LIGHT TANK (General Stuart)
Image: M5 Light Tank (U.S. Signal Corps)
YearApril 1942
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced2.076
Crew4 (Commander/Gunner, Loader, Driver & Assistant Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/53 M6 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (20°/Sec Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament1 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Gun (AA Mount).
1 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Gun (Coaxial).
1 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Gun (Bow).
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried123 x 37mm + 420 x .50 cal & 6.250 x .30 cal
Combat Weight14.969 kg
Ground Clearance0.41m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing1.62m
Obstacle Clearance0.46m
Climbing Ability31°
RadioSCR 506/508/528/538
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 44mm.
Lower Hull Front: 29mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 29mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 25mm.
Hull Rear: 25mm.
Hull Top: 13mm.
Hull Bottom: 13mm.
Gun Mantlet: 51mm.
Turret Front: 38mm.
Turret Sides: 25mm.
Turret Rear: 25mm.
Turret Top: 13mm.
EngineTwin Cadillac Series 42 (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range100 miles (161 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range68 miles (110 km)
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed36 mph (58 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed24 mph (39 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsM5A1: First issued in November 1942 and featured a new turret with had a bulge to house the radio. Further improvements were added in the shape of a new gun mount and larger crew hatches. 7.575 produced.
NotesInitially called the M4 but changed to avoid confusion with the M4 Sherman, the M5 was an improved version of the M3 with two Cadillac engines, this meant the raising the engine deck to accommodate the large coupled engines and a welded hull. It was issued to light tank platoons in reconnaissance battalions and served until the end of World War Two when it was finally replaced by the M24.