T8E1 Stuart Recce

Ref: 053
Date Added: Wednesday, 19th May, 2004
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Description

During 1944, redundant M5/M5A1 chassis were officially converted to Recce vehicle T8.   A ring mounting for a .50cal. M2 HMG was positioned on the former turret ring.   The T8E1 had extra stowage racks inside and out to carry anti-tank mines.

Removing the turret from light tanks lowered the profile considerably, aiding concealment and the reduced weight enabled higher speeds to be reached.   By 1944 the 37mm gun was of little combat value and M5s and M5A1s converted in the field were being used by both British and American forces.

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