M24 LIGHT TANK (General Chaffee)

M24 LIGHT TANK (General Chaffee)
Image: M24 Light Tank (U.S. Signal Corps)
YearApril 1944
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced4.371
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver & Assistant Driver)
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/41 M6 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +15°
Turret Traverse360° (24°/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 .50 cal M2HB Heavy 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 Carried48 x 75mm & 3.750 x .30 cal + 440 x .50 cal & 12 x Smoke.
Combat Weight18.400 kg
Ground Clearance0.46m
Fording Depth1.0m
Trench Crossing2.40m
Obstacle Clearance0.91m
Climbing Ability31°
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 25mm.
Lower Hull Front: 25mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 25mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 25mm.
Hull Rear: 19mm.
Hull Top: 13mm.
Hull Bottom: 13mm.
Gun Mantlet: 38mm.
Turret Front: 38mm.
Turret Sides: 25mm.
Turret Rear: 25mm.
Turret Top: 25mm.
EngineTwin Cadillac Series 44T24 (Petrol)
Transmission8 Forward & 4 Reverse
Maximum Road Range174 miles (281 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range174 miles (281 km)
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed35 mph (56 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed25 mph (40 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesRecognising the need for an improved light tank the US ordnance corps working alongside Cadillac developed the M24. Keeping the vehicles weight down was the main factor and a sloping glacis allowed for thinner 25mm frontal armour. The 75mm M7 gun was a derivative of the light version used in bombers. Combined with a low silhouette and torsion bar suspension which gave it a smooth ride, it had a crew of five with and first saw action in the battle of the bulge in late 1944, after World War Two the M24 went on to serve Korea and was finally replaced by the M41 Walker Bulldog.