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1941 Made for Movie M3 'Lee' Medium Tank

1941 Made for Movie M3 'Lee' in 1941, Movie, 1979 IMDB

Class: Others, Military armored vehicle — Model origin: US

1941 Made for Movie M3 'Lee' Medium Tank

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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wrenchhead US

2006-03-17 19:05

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Junkman UK

2006-03-17 21:34

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Medium Tank M3 'Lee'. Did I already tell you that I'm a pacifist?
Manufacturers were Rock Island Arsenal,Detroit Tank Arsenal and American Locomotive Co. (ALCO).

wrenchhead US

2006-03-18 01:38

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Thats OK some of my best friends are pacifists As a matter of fact, I am too - war is a damn silly way to settle differences especially since the guys that start them generally don't fight them.


-- Last edit: 2006-03-18 01:39:24

Alexander DE

2006-03-19 14:33

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Some details are wrong with this one.

The chassis is that of the M3A4 variant. It differs from all other version by being longer, easily identifyable by the top track support wheels which are set aft.
http://www.onwar.com/tanks/usa/plans/medm3a4.gif
http://www.onwar.com/tanks/usa/plans/medm3.gif
This was due to the fact that not enough tank engines were available. Therefore Chrysler built these tanks using five combined car engines -- yes, five!
According to 'The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles' 109 M3A4 tanks were built by Chrysler at the Detroit Tank Arsenal between June and August 1942. (Sorry to throw out Rock Island Arsenal as maker.)

But, as I said, things are wrong with this tank. The A4 had no longer side doors, which are clearly visible in the second image. The rivited hull was only used on the original M3 and the final M3A5 version. The M3A5 had a longer gun barrel, therefore we can exclude it.

Additionally this vehicle is missing the machine gun cupola which sat on the turret.

And one thing looks completely wrong: the driver's window and escape hatch is supposed to be in the middle of the vehicle, not shifted towards the left side.

So, what is this one now? Probably a rebuilt M3 with M3A4 bogies and some additional changes. The first M3 version was built by Baldwin, Pullman, Chrysler, Pressed Steel and American Locomotive. As Chrysler made more than half of all M3s I suggest we use their name as maker.

The nickname 'Lee' (or 'General Lee') is correct, but was only used by the British who were supplied with this tank. The variant with a British
designed turret was called '(Gerneral) Grant'.


PS: I would like to join the group of pacifists, too. :) Even though I am very interested in military vehicles and know a bit or two about them I hate to see them being used, or even destroyed. I my eyes all those people (politicians) that engage in a war are nothing but criminals. And hardly any have a war being fought for the people but for their own greedy interests. Disgusting!


antp BE

2006-03-19 14:35

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Alexander wrote As Chrysler made more than half of all M3s I suggest we use their name as maker.

Chrysler M3 then?

-- Last edit: 2006-03-19 14:35:28

Alexander DE

2006-03-19 14:37

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antp wrote
Chrysler M3 then?

You are too fast for me! :)

antp BE

2006-03-19 18:33

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You had two minutes to rename it :o ;)

ODGuy US

2010-09-01 03:20

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This Was a Made for Movie vehicle, made to look like an M3, It was owned by a gentleman in southern Ohio, a friend of the family, i have been in this tank, the kicker was, it was made out of wood except for the chassis, the shots inside where from a real M3. The tank has since been sold to a collector in Florida.

maxman CA

2012-02-11 00:13

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Someone needs to change it to Made For Movie. It's not a real M3 Lee.

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