|USA||Light Tank||Tier V|
The vehicle was intended as a replacement for the M3 Stuart. The M24 entered service in September 1943. They were produced at Massey-Harris and General Motors factories until July 1945, with a total of 4,731 vehicles manufactured.
The M24 Chaffee is considered a very good tank and is like a smaller and faster version of the M26 Pershing. It has one of the best guns for a tier 5 tank because of it's high pen and decent damage ratio, packing even more of a punch than the M4A3E8's. Since patch 8.7 it is the last remaining tank of the three end-of-line light tanks yet to be rebalanced, re-tier or removed.In comparison, it is essentially a better than the T21 having slightly better overall stats, however the M24 Chaffee will see up to battle tier 10 matches more often than while the T21 . It doesn't excel as a super speedy scout like its former Soviet counterpart, as it only reaches 56 kph, and its hull traverse is slower as well. However, it has the farthest view range among all tanks up to tier 6 and its gun can penetrate the sides of tier 8 and 9 heavy tanks. The armor on the Chaffee is thin, with only the gun mantle providing any protection at all, but that is expected with most light tanks. Overall, it is a very balanced tank and can be played like a very fast and low armored medium tank, and can take on the scouting role if there is no better tank to do so, but it is not recommended since the Chaffee has a large silhouette for a scout tank, making it easier to hit. It can also take out artillery easily with its high DPM, good accuracy, and maneuverability. It is best used for harassing and damaging enemy vehicles, and then moving behind cover, or sniping, especially in city maps or with maps with a lot of cover.
The M24 Chaffee marks the end of the American light tank line, but as of update 8.6, the Chaffee leads to the M41 .
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Pros and Cons
- Quick acceleration and good top speed
- High agility
- Can mount vertical stabilizer
- Weapon is both accurate and powerful
- Excellent visual range
- Great camouflage
- Thin armor on tier 5 even for a light tank
- Tall stature leaves it open for long periods over hilly terrain
- Match making places it in high tier matches more often
- High repair bills, even for a light tank, can impact your credits drastically
- Tracks can be easily be shot and broken
- Low top speed compared to other light tanks it will face
The Chaffee has great potential in fighting other tanks thanks to its 76 mm Gun T94 - which is even superior to the 76mm used by the M4A3E8 Sherman. Thanks to its high agility and speed, the Chaffee can hold its own even against some tier 8 heavies in close quarters when used correctly. Experienced tankers will enjoy using this tank to harass and pick off stragglers. Despite its top speed of 56 KPH, it is quite slow in comparison to other light tanks, because of this the Chaffee isn't as well suited to arty-raiding. Its large turret is relatively slow at turning and makes the Chaffee a larger target than other light tanks. Still, the Chaffee is a fun tank to drive. It can be thought of as a smaller and faster version of the M26 Pershing in turns of play style.
Nicknamed by some as the Mini Patton this tank has one of the best gun of all the scouts. Its high rate of fire coupled with a penetration that can penetrate almost any tank with ease make it a perfect dog fighter, the Chaffee can decimate targets in a matter of seconds and is a scout to be counted with. The spotting range of the Chaffee is exactly the same as most top tier heavies making this tank a perfect stationary target designator. One of the things that should be noted as well is the accuracy of the gun which is a stunning 0.39 meter, even better this is the only light tank that can mount a vertical stabilizer at this tier, so it will hit targets accurately on the move.
- Having good equipment in the Chaffee is important. You have no armor but you have good view range and good gun. You Should equip Binocular Telescope (which will take the view range up to a whopping 500m), Improved Ventilation Class 1 and Vertical Stabilizer Mk I.
- If you play as TD, then you should have Improved Ventilation Class 1, Vertical Stabilizer Mk I and Enhanced Gun Laying Drive. However, this isn't the recommended choice as the aiming time/accuracy on the gun is already quite good; additionally the Coated Optics is a vital piece of this tank.
- Install an SCR 528 radio immediately if you have it. Otherwise install an SCR 506.
- Research the upgraded suspension first for additional load capacity and traverse speed.
- Next research the Wright Continental R-975C1 engine.
- Now either research the Continental AOS-895-1 engine or the second turret and the 76 mm Gun T94.
- Go from there.
The Light Tank M24 was an American light tank used during World War II and in postwar conflicts including the Korean War and with the French in the War in Algeria and First Indochina War. In British service it was given the service name Chaffee, after the United States Army General Adna R. Chaffee, Jr., who helped develop the use of tanks in the United States armed forces.
Development and production history
Combat experience indicated several shortcomings of the Light Tank M3/M5, the most important of them being weak armament. The T7 design, which was initially seen as a replacement, evolved into a mediocre Medium Tank M7 and was eventually rejected in March 1943, which prompted the Ordnance Committee to issue a specification for a new light tank, with the same powertrain as the M5A1 but armed with a 75 mm gun. In April 1943 the Ordnance Corps together with Cadillac division of General Motors started work on the new project, designated Light Tank T24. Every effort was made to keep the weight of the vehicle under 20 tons. The armor was kept light, with the glacis plate only 25 mm thick (but sloped at 60 degrees from the vertical). A new lightweight 75 mm gun was developed, a derivative of the gun used in the B-25H Mitchell bomber. The gun had the same ballistics as the M3, but used a thinly walled barrel and different recoil mechanism. The design also featured wider (16 inch) tracks and torsion bar suspension. It had relatively low silhouette and a three-man turret. On October 15, 1943 the first pilot vehicle was delivered and production began in 1944 under the designation Light Tank M24. It was produced at two sites; from April at Cadillac and from July at Massey-Harris. By the time production was stopped in August 1945, 4,731 M24s had left the assembly lines. Some of them were supplied to the British forces.
The M24 Chaffee was intended to replace the aging and obsolete Light Tank M5 Stuart which was used in supplementary roles. The first thirty-four M24s reached Europe in November 1944 and were issued to the U.S. 2nd Cavalry Group (Mechanized) in France. These were then issued to F Company, 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Battalion and F Company, 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Battalion which each received seventeen M24s. During the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, these units and their new tanks were rushed to the southern sector; two of the M24s were detached to serve with the 740th Tank Battalion of the U.S. First Army. The M24 started to enter widespread issue in December 1944 but they were slow in reaching the front-line combat units. By the end of the war many armored divisions were still mainly equipped with the M5. Some armored divisions did not receive their first M24s until the war was over. Reports from the armored divisions that received them prior to the end of hostilities were generally positive. Crews liked the improved off-road performance and reliability, but were most appreciative of the 75 mm main gun, as a vast improvement over the 37 mm. The M24 was not up to the challenge of fighting German tanks, but the bigger gun at least gave its crews a chance to fight back when it was required. The M24's light armor made it vulnerable to virtually all German tanks, anti-tank guns, and hand-held anti-tank weapons. The contribution of the M24 to winning the war in Europe was insignificant, as too few arrived too late to replace the worn-out M5s of the armored divisions. In the Korean War M24s were the first U.S. tanks to fight the North Korean T-34-85s. The M24 fared poorly against these much better-armed and armored medium tanks. M24s were more successful later in the war in their reconnaissance role, supported by heavier tanks such as the M4, M26, and M46. Like other successful World War II designs, the M24 was supplied to many armies around the globe and was used in local conflicts long after it had been replaced in the U.S. Army by the M41 Walker Bulldog. France employed its M24s in Indo-China in infantry support missions, with good results. They employed ten M24s in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. In December 1953 ten disassembled Chaffees were transported by air to provide fire support to the garrison. They fired about 15,000 shells in the long siege that followed before the Viet Minh forces conquered the camp in May 1954. France also deployed the M24 in Algeria. The last time the M24 is known to have been in action was in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, where some 66 Pakistani Chaffees stationed in Bangladesh were easy prey for Indian Army T-55s, PT-76s, and anti-tank teams. Although both Iran and Iraq had M24s prior to the Iran–Iraq War, there is no report of their use in that conflict.
- Light Tank T24 - prototype, was standardized as Light Tank M24.
- Light Tank T24E1 - prototype with Continental R-975-C4 engine and Spicer torque converter transmission. One vehicle was converted from the original T24 prototype and tested in October 1944. The vehicle had superior performance compared to the M24, but suffered from transmission reliability problems.
- M19 Gun Motor Carriage Engine moved to the center of hull, twin 40 mm M2 AA mounted at hull rear (336 rounds). 904 were ordered in August 1944, but only 285 were delivered.
- M37 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage Carried a 105 mm howitzer M4 (126 rounds). Was intended to replace the 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7. 448 ordered, 316 delivered.
- M41 155 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage (Gorilla) Engine moved to the center of hull, 155 mm howitzer M1 mounted at rear. 250 ordered, 60 delivered.
- T77 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. Had 6 .50 caliber machine guns mounted in a new designed turret.
- T9, T13 Utility vehicles.
- T22E1, T23E1, T33 Cargo carriers.
- T42, T43 Cargo tractors. Based on the T33, the T42 had a torque converter transmission from the M18 Hellcat. The M43 was a lightened version of the T42.
- T9. Had bulldozer kit installed.
- T6E1 Tank recovery vehicle.
- The M38 Wolfhound prototype armored car was experimentally fitted with an M24 turret.
- M4 Earth Moving Tank Mounting Bulldozer. Bulldozer kit for the M24 series.
- NM-116. In 1972 the Norwegian Army decided to retain 54 of their 123 M24 light tanks as reconnaissance vehicles after they were substantially rebuilt under the designation NM-116. It was calculated that the NM-116 rebuilding program cost only about a third as much as contemporary light tanks. This program was managed by the firm Thune-Eureka. The American firm NAPCO developed an improved power-pack based around the 6V53T diesel engine used in the M113 armored personnel carrier mated to an Allison MT-653 transmission. The original 75 mm Gun M6 L / 39 was replaced with a French D-925 90 mm low pressure gun, with a co-axil M2 .50-caliberheavy machine gun. The bow gunner position was eliminated in favor of ammunition stowage. A new fire control system was installed, complete with a Simrad LV3 laser rangefinder. Norwegian firms also converted eight M24 light tanks into light armored recovery vehicles to support the NM-116. The NM-116 were retired from service in 1993.
- The Chilean Army up-gunned their M24s in the mid-80s to the IMI-OTO 60 mm Hyper Velocity Medium Support (HVMS) gun, with comparable performance to a standard 90 mm gun.Chile operated this version until 1999.
- Uruguay continues to use the M24, modernized with new engines and 76mm guns which can fire armour-piercing, fin stabilised, discarding sabot (or APFSDS) rounds.- In mid-1950s, in an attempt to improve the anti-tank performance of the vehicle, some French M24s had their turrets replaced with those of the AMX-13 light tank. Interestingly, AMX-13 variant with Chaffee turret also existed.
These two volumes are widely regarded as the definitive reference works on the American Light Tanks. Volume-1 covers the real life counterparts of the in-game light tanks: T1, T2/M2, M3, and M5 series and the T21 and the M24.
- Hunnicutt, R.P, 1992, Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank - Volume-1, Presidio Press, 508p, ISBN:0891414622.
- Hunnicutt, R.P., 1995, Sheridan: A History of the American Light Tank - Volume 2, Presidio Press, 340p, ISBN:9780891415701.