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S. tank production since 1940, an astonishing industrial accomplishment. S. armored divisions because of its sheer size compared to the more familiar light tanks. It was soon dubbed "the Iron Cathedral" for its ungainly height. It was widely used for training by the army but would see very little combat in American hands. S. S. tank industry. THE SCHOOL OF TANK TECHNOLOGY The M3 medium tank was the kindergarten for the tank industry as well as for the army. All of the plants manufacturing it were new to the tank business and needed time to become acquainted with the unique demands of handling armor steel, tank guns, and many other new components.
But it could be designed and manufactured quickly. Detail design was completed in January 1941, and the first prototype was assembled at Rock Island Arsenal in March 1941, barely nine months after the program was started. Serial production began in June 1941, and eventually, five plants were involved in its manufacture. This is the first M3 medium tank completed at Rock Island Arsenal in March 1941. Series production was undertaken at five industrial plants starting in June 1941. Another problem beset the early tank program: the need to ramp up production from a few hundred medium tanks per year to more than 10,000.
Navy's shipbuilding program led to reductions in the 1942 and 1943 tank programs. Instead of the 120,000 tanks announced by President Roosevelt, the actual programs resulted in the production of about 24,000 light, medium, and heavy tanks in 1942 and 29,500 in 1943. S. tank production since 1940, an astonishing industrial accomplishment. S. armored divisions because of its sheer size compared to the more familiar light tanks. It was soon dubbed "the Iron Cathedral" for its ungainly height. It was widely used for training by the army but would see very little combat in American hands.
Allied Artillery of World War Two by Ian V. Hogg