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M3 light tank, crew, and supplies at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States, 18 Dec 1941; Three of the men were L. D. Sample, Harold Postner, and Pelak Gilley

Caption     M3 light tank, crew, and supplies at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States, 18 Dec 1941; Three of the men were L. D. Sample, Harold Postner, and Pelak Gilley ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army
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M3 Stuart   Main article  Photos  
Thompson   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 18 Dec 1941
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
15 Apr 2011 06:26:43 PM


Looks like these tankers are standing by for
a TO&E inspection check out all the equipment
each man, is armed with a Model 1911A-1 .45
auto, and ten 50 or 100 round drum magazines for the Thompson.
Everything displayed regulation style, what
I don't see are the pioneer tools more likely, stowed on the tank, painted and look new. In field operations a crew would carry
as much ammo as possible, along with rations and water.

The British named the M-3 Stuart, after the American Civil War Confederate Major General Jeb Stewart. The M-3 was used for scouting
and flank support, it could not go up against heavier German armor, also served in the Pacific, where it could go up against Japanese tanks.
Main gun 1x37mm carried 103 to 174rounds,
3x30 cal. machine guns 5,800 to 8,000rounds
1x.45cal. Thompson submachine gun and crew
.45cal autos. Powered by a 7-cylinder radial
engine of 250hp, range 60miles, weight 14 tons and got 1.1mpg

Table of Organization and Equipment
During such inspections, all that could be
displayed, was the equipment issued to the vehicle. If you had extra equipment, you hid it.
Did the men in the photograph, survive WWII?
Photo taken December 18,1941
Trucks in the background look like GMC 2 1/2
or Studebaker 2 1/2 Ton trucks. If anyone has added info post it here.

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