For the Record: M2A4 prototype
Source: Yuri Pasholok’s blog Hello everyone, looks like the Hunnicutt archives Wargaming bought are starting to bear fruit. What follows is the photo of the M2A4 light tank prototype, taken in the Fall of 1939 on Aberdeen proving grounds. Yuri Pasholok writes: With the appearance of this vehicle, the American tank industry finally caught up to the rest of the world with one impressive step. This however didn’t happen all at once: contrary to the belief of many authors, the US Army had quite modern tanks as early as mid-30′s, created for one concrete theater of war. Very high mobility and machinegun armament – that was what the US army needed in case there was ever a war with Mexico. Since this is the same reason why the Light Tank Mk.VIc was completely sufficient for the British in order to scatter some Papuan natives, it’s no wonder that in the beginning of World War Two, these vehicles formed the backbone of British armored forces. The installation of the two-man turret on the M2 Light Tank chassis was only a matter of time. The resulting vehicle proved to be one of the better ones, when it came to world tank construction: it combined (at that time) completely sufficient anti-bullet protection, high speed, good visibility and a badass gun, the most powerful of its type at that time. Therefore it’s not surprising that the M2A4 concept became the main tank concept for the US light tanks for a very long time. Light Tank M2A4 became the first mass-produced American tank, manufactured in really big numbers (375 tanks). Furthermore, M2A4 proved to be the first American tank sent to England.