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    Hi

    Looks like an M2 but the turret seems wrong? Maybe an OP variant?

    Info appreciated
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  • #2
    Interesting. You're right, the turret seems really odd.
    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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    • #3
      M2A1?
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      • #4
        Do you know where this tank is? Might offer a clue.
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        • #5
          My first impression is that it an M3 light tank with the turret facing arse to front.
          Last edited by dutched; 05 Jan 16, 13:41.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by dutched View Post
            My first impression is that it a an M3 light tank with the turret facing arse to front.
            That fits.

            The hull appears to be a M-2 or early M-3, but the turret is throwing me.
            Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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            • #7
              Hi

              I don't know for certain where the tank is, other than maybe the Far East given its surroundings.

              It would be unusual for a display tank to have its gun facing rearward, but I suppose it's a possibility.

              Regards

              Andy H
              "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Churchill

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Andy H View Post
                Hi

                Looks like an M2 but the turret seems wrong? Maybe an OP variant?

                Info appreciated
                Looks like a standard welded US Light Tank M3 hull with protectoscope flaps for the driver and radiooperator.
                The turret seems to be a standard rounded US Light Tank M3 turret turned towards the rear, mounting for the anti-aircraft MG on the right and antenna bracket turned towards the rear. The AA-MG mount seems to be mounted a bit low and the cupola appears to be missing.

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                • #9
                  I'd say dutched is right in that it's an M3A1 with the turret reversed. Here's another example.

                  Edited to add: The light tank M2 did not have the trailing idler wheel.
                  Last edited by DogDodger; 05 Jan 16, 13:42.

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                  • #10
                    Hi

                    The tank is on display in Lucknow, India I'm informed

                    Regards

                    Andy H
                    Last edited by Andy H; 05 Jan 16, 14:43.
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                    • #11
                      Maybe it's similar to this Marine flame-thrower version from Saipan with the turret turned?

                      Could explain why can't see the gun barrel. Or did they have command versions with the gun removed?

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                      • #12
                        Nothing unusual, Just that the turret has been traversed to the right.



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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DogDodger View Post
                          I'd say dutched is right in that it's an M3A1 with the turret reversed. Here's another example.

                          Edited to add: The light tank M2 did not have the trailing idler wheel.
                          Agreed.

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                          • #14
                            It's an M3A1 (note the welded sponsons and the riveted angle plate on the side viewport)
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                            • #15
                              So which model is this? And where is it?
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