1-M2A2Miss

 

The M-2A2 Model 1936 tank was the first tank designed and built by the United States.  In 1920, the US Congress passed a National Defense Act that
abolished the Tank Corps and gave all tanks to the infantry for use and
development as infantry support vehicles. It was not until the early 1930's
that a new tank design was considered (after all, there would be no more
wars). 

In 1933 the first prototype T-2 Light Tank was completed. More
variations and prototypes were built until production began in 1936. This
marked the first American designed and produced tank to be issued to any tank
battalion. There are older prototypes still in museums but the M-2A2 was the
first production tank the US Army ever designed, mass produced, and issued.

When the 192nd Tank Battalion arrived at Fort Knox, Kentucky in November of 1940, only four years after the tanks were introduced, the tanks were already considered obsolete since they did not have a cannon.  To provide the battalion with tanks to train with, the members of the battalion pulled the tanks from the fort's junkyard and rebuilt the engines.  The tanks were obsolete status was a direct result of the "blitzkrieg" used by the Germans in the opening months of World War II.  

The tank pictured above is the last surviving example of the M-2A2.  It is on display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.  

Photo and information courtesy of M/Sgt. Glenn L. Husted III (Ret.)

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum - Camp Shelby, Mississippi

 

M-A2A as it appears on display at the the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.  Each tank had a serial number painted on its side.  The letter "W" indicated that the tank was built at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois.  The first number "3" indicated that the tank was built for use by the infantry.  It should be noted that the U. S. Calvary also had tanks assigned to it.

Photo and information courtesy of M/Sgt. Glenn L. Husted III (Ret.)

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum - Camp Shelby, Mississippi

 

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