April 30, 2015

Stuarts Without Turret

The British Army used turretless variants of the M3 Stuart Light Tank as command tanks, recon vehicles and artillery tractors.

General Montgomery
1. General Montgomery with Lt. Colonel A. C. Clive of the Grenadier Guards
in a turretless Stuart command tank in Tunisia on March 8, 1943. 


A turretless Stuart recon tank
2. A turretless Stuart recon tank towing a bulldozer in Italy on August 12, 1944.

Italian civilians clamber aboard a turretless Stuart
3. Italian civilians clamber aboard a turretless Stuart recon tank
bedecked with a Union Flag in Arezzo on July 15, 1944.


Photos attribution
1. Lansdown (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
2. Lambert (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
3. Johnson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons