The Light Tank M24 was an American light tank used during WWII and in postwar conflicts including the Korean War and with the French in the War in Algeria and First Indochina War In British service, it was given the service name Chaffee, after the United States Army General Adna R. Chaffee, Jr. who helped develop the use of tanks in the United States armed forces.
Combat experience indicated several shortcomings of the Light Tank M3/M5 the most important of them being weak armament. The T7 design, which was initially seen as a replacement, evolved into a mediocre Medium Tank M7 and was eventually rejected in March 1943, which prompted the Ordnance Committee to issue a specification for a light tank, with the same powertrain as the M5A1 but armed
with a 75 mm gun.
In April 1943 the Ordnance Corps together with Cadillac division of General Motors started work on the new project, designated Light Tank T24. Every effort was made to keep the weight of the vehicle under 20 tons. The armour was kept light, with the glacis plate only 25 mm thick (but sloped at 60 degrees from the vertical). A new lightweight 75 mm gun was developed, a derivative of the gun used in the B-25H MitchellTM bomber The gun had the same ballistics as the M3 but used a thinly walled barrel and different recoil mechanism. The design also featured wider (16 inch) tracks and torsion bar suspension. It had relatively low silhouette and a three-man turret.
On October 15, 1943 the first pilot vehicle was delivered and production began in 1944 under the designation Light Tank M24. It was produced at two sites; from April at Cadillac. By the time production was stopped in August 1945, 4,731 M24s had left the assembly lines. Some of them were supplied to the British forces.
Forces of Valor® replica is of a U.S. M24 Chaffee™ Light Tank produced by Cadillac® that was attached to the 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Group, then deployed in Germany during 1945.
- Constructed of both die cast metal and plastic.
- Chassis and barrel are metal.
- Hatches open.
- Elevating barrel.
- Tracks roll.
- Rotating turret.
- Working treads.
- Accurate markings and insignia.
- Comes with assorted accessories.
- Comes with a commander figure.
- No ties or screws, double blister construction for 2013 new packaging.