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M1 Combat Car
M1 Combat Car.jpg
Type Light Tank
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1937-?
Used by United States
Production history
Manufacturer Rock Island Arsenal
Produced 1937-?
Number built 113
Weight 8,523 kg (18,790 lb)
Length 4.14 m (13.6 ft)
Width 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
Height 2.26 m (7 ft 5 in)
Crew 4

Armor 16mm
12.7mm machine gun
7.62mm machine gun
Engine Continental automobile W-670 7-cylinder gasoline
250 hp (190 kW)
Suspension Vertical volute spring
161 km (100 mi)
Speed 72 km/h (45 mph)

The M1 Combat Car was a tankette used by the U.S. Cavalry in late 1930s.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Under the terms of the Defense Act of 1920, tanks were restricted to infantry units. To allow U.S. Army cavalry units to be equipped with armoured fighting vehicles, the tanks developed for the cavalry were designated "combat cars". The M1 series entered service in 1937. In 1940, the Combat Car designation was dropped, and the vehicle were renamed as light tank M1A2.[2]

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • M1 - the original variant. 89 built.
  • M1A1 - new octagonal turret instead of a D-shaped one; increased distance between the wheel bogies. 17 built.
  • M1A1E1 - engine replaced by Guiberson T-1020 diesel. 7 built.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. http://afvdb.50megs.com/usa/combatcarm1.html

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