The Medium Tank M3 was an American medium tank used during World War II. In British service, the tank was used a simplified turret design with a six-man crew configuration, and was referred to as the "M3 Grant", named after Union general General Ulysses S. Grant.
The M3 was a rapidly produced tank which stopped the gap between the aging interwar M2 tank and contemporary WWII designs. It first saw action during the North African campaign, where it performed well against early-war Panzers and Italian armour. The M3 boasted two main guns - a 37mm in the turret and a 75mm in a forward sponson of the tank.
Despite the M3's armor and firepower being considered more than adequate in 1942, rapid German tank development led to the Grant being declared obsolete for the European Theater in mid-1943 where it was replaced by the M4 Sherman.
The M3 Grant appears in Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome as an Armored Car for the Allies. It features a main tank gun, used by the driver, and an automatic cannon for use by the passenger, both of whom are concealed and immune from direct damage. This autocannon fires quite rapidly and is very accurate, having no spread or recoil. The M3 is an excellent counter to infantry and light vehicles, and other Armored Cars to some extent. Drawbacks include the lack of a coaxial machine gun and the incapability of the driver to turn his turret more than about 45 degrees-- even less than the counterpart Italian tank-- leaving the tank vulnerable to attacks from the flanks.
- Battle for Anzio
- Battle of Salerno
- Monte Cassino
- Monte Santa Croce
- Operation Baytown
- Operation Husky