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Fort Riley in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

M5 Stuart Light Tank

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
1. M5 Stuart Light Tank Marker
Inscription.  
Type: Light Tank
Armament: Main 1 x 37mm gun M6
Secondary: 2 x 30 Cal. Browning M.G.
Manufacturer: Cadillac Division of GMC
Production: February, 1942 - July 1944
Engine: Cadillac Twin V8 220HP
Max Speed: 36 MPH
Crew: 4 (Commander, Gunner, Driver, Co-Driver)
Width: 7' 4.25" • Length: 14' 2.75"
Height: 7' 6.5" • Weight: 16.5 Tons
The M5 Light Tank was the culmination of American tank development of the 1930's. By the time of the outbreak of World War II, they were approaching obsolescence, as tank forces in Europe were shifting from light to medium tanks as the main element of their armored forces. The M5 proved inadequate when used in North Africa. It proved more suitable in the Pacific theater than in Europe and fought successfully in many of the major battles including Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Peleliu.

The M15A1 replaced the M5 on production lines in early 1943.
 
Erected by United States Army.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location.

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
2. M5 Stuart Light Tank and Marker
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39° 3.786′ N, 96° 46.919′ W. Marker is in Fort Riley, Kansas, in Geary County. Marker is on the vehicle static display area adjacent to the U.S. Cavalry Museum, at the east end of the Parade Field, and between Custer and Sheridan Avenues. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 Henry Avenue, Fort Riley KS 66442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage (here, next to this marker); M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank (a few steps from this marker); M24 Chaffee Light Tank (a few steps from this marker); Ogden Monument (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Civil War Horses and Mules (a few steps from this marker); M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker); M3A1 37 mm Anti-Tank Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); M36 Tank Destroyer (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Riley.
 
Also see . . .  M5 Stuart Light Tank. (Submitted on February 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
M5 Stuart Light Tank image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
3. M5 Stuart Light Tank
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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