Production was shared with the Massey-Harris plant in Milwaukee and the tanks began to arrive in Germany late in 1944. Initial deliveries went to the US Army but a few Chaffees had been supplied to British 7th Armoured Division in time to take part in the Victory Parade in Berlin at the end of the war in Europe.
When production finished over 4,000 M24 tanks had been built along with various subsidiary vehicles which shared the same chassis. The Chaffee saw action in Korea and Vietnam and was supplied to at least 24 countries. Suitably modernised it was still in service with the Norwegian Army until quite recently.
New design of American light tank to replace M3 and M5 light tanks. The suspension is of torsion bar thpe, steel tanks have rubber surrounds and the transmission is hydramatic type. Basis of a light combat team, the chassis serving as a universal mount for various functions, e.g. self propelled guns, cargo carriers and recovery vehicles – simplifying maintenance and production. Vehicles of this type saw action in North West Europe towards the end of the war. Still in wide use in 1981.
Main utility type
Country of Use
|Manufactured||1944||Cadillac Motors (Division of General Motor Corporation)||United States of America||Detroit, Michegan|
World War 2
BOVTM – B18 – WW2 Hall – Into Germany