Here comes the light cavalry!
|“|| These Stuarts aren't the sturdiest tanks, but they compensate by being fast.|
- Andrew Campbell, The Wild Bunch
The M3A1 Stuart light tank proudly bore the name of a daring American Civil War cavalry general. Due to a powerful engine, it could drive around the enemy and strike where it hurt most while dodging any serious riposte. Although poorly armored and equipped with a feeble 37mm gun, the Stuart could intervene anywhere quickly and in large numbers. They are best used as frontline "firemen" or as a quick response defense force versus infantry, against which its .30 machine guns are highly effective.
The M3 Stuart was a frontline American tank when the US entered the war in 1941, but from then on Stuart was gradually phased out of the anti-tank role as its 37mm gun was too feeble. It turned out to be an excellent reconnaissance vehicle, but heavy fire destroyed the Stuart with only a few blows. It was also one of the first American tanks to engage in tank versus tank combat during the war. M3s were leased to British force and subsequently saw combat in every major theater of battle, but were later replaced by the Chaffee.
Strategies and TacticsEdit
- In game, this tank is good in the early rounds of a match. As the match approaches the mid-game area, however, consider getting a better tank.
- At its low price and production time, it is suitable for being an early unit in pre-emptive attacks.
- Use it to raid enemy supply depots, as the loss of supply trucks and the loss of the building will cost more than the lost tank.
- The Stuart has a very fast speed for a tank (43km!) and can rush out to the frontline to stop invading infantry or other light tanks.
- With a couple armor bases produced, the production time of the Stuart is drastically reduced and can be made near-instantly.
- A single Stuart is too light to make any consequences on the battlefield, so it is best to deploy the Stuart in numbers. You can make a large number of Stuarts without straining your money. They will overwhelm other enemy units with their saturation capability; speed and fast rate of fire.
- Stuarts are fast to produce and fast to move, so they can be used to escort other units to the battlefield (towed guns, infantry, etc.) to ensure their safety.
Small cal. HE shell
Small cal. AP shell
.30 cal. Machine-gun