The M24 Chaffee was developed throughout the later phases of World Warfare II as an alternative to the M3 Stuart when the US sought a brand new gentle tank devoted to infantry help roles. Providing higher armor, elevated firepower, and extra mobility, the M24 Chaffee turned some of the impactful tanks of its time, contributing to the success of Allied operations past World Warfare II.
As an enchancment over the already nimble M3 Stuart, the M24 Chaffee was designed to be as gentle as doable. It was operated by a five-man crew, with the motive force and bow gunner seated within the entrance hull, and the loader, gunner, and commander seated within the turret. The M24 was kitted with a 75mm M6 canon, two M1919A4 machine weapons, and a 12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun. The M24 might subsequently have interaction fight automobiles, plane, and floor targets.
With its light-weight construct, the M24 might attain a most pace of 34 mph, however this after all got here at a price. You see, whereas the 25 mm of metal armor on the hull entrance, 19mm on the sides and rear, and 38 mm on the turret might shield the crew from small arms fireplace, it faired poorly in opposition to heavier munitions — nearly all cannon or anti-tank weapons might penetrate its armor when engaged in head-to-head fight. Nevertheless, the M24’s anti-tank vulnerability didn’t cease its service. Like many post-war automobiles, the M24 was later gifted to different allied nations around the globe, ultimately being deployed within the Indo-China warfare, Korean Warfare, and the Indo-Pakistani warfare.