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M24 Chaffee light tank of US Army 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945

Caption   M24 Chaffee light tank of US Army 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army
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Photos on Same Day 24 Apr 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 24 Feb 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
13 Dec 2010 05:45:57 PM

The M24 Chaffee saw service in Europe in 1944
and was available in small numbers. It was
vulnerable to German tank and anti-tank guns.
Named after General Adna Chaffee Jr. who
developed the use of tanks in the US Armed Forces.

The M24 was armed w/ 1x75mm main gun with
48 rounds, 1x50 caliber machine gun with
440 rounds and 2x30 caliber machine guns
with 3,750 rounds. I'm sure this was only for TO&E, like GIs everywhere the more ammo
you can carry, the better.

It was powered by Two Cadillic 8-cylinder engines. Top speed 56km/h 35mph on road and
40km/k 25mph offroad.
After WWII many M24s were sold or given to Allied and Friendly Nations, many have since been retired but, the Norwegian Army still operates its M24s in limited numbers.

Chile operated them until 1999
Uruguay still operates its M24s

THE M24 IN THE MOVIES

Battle of the Bulge (1965) Spanish Army M24s

Bridge at Remagen (1969) Where the portrayal
is historically accurate.

Sci-Fi

Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

Godzilla (1954) With that famous line:
(neither man nor his machines can save the city now).
2. Paul Cook says:
25 Apr 2013 06:48:20 AM

My favorite part of this photo is the Tommy gun hanging from the turret that has had its stock removed. I assume this was done to make it easier to handle when in the cramped turret.

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