|A British Tank
Commission went to the US in June 1940. They had intended to have British
tanks produced by American companies, but with the British apparently soon
to be defeated , the National Defence
Advisory Committee refused to allow British designs built. so the Brits
ordered the Lee - Grant range.
In Oct. 1940 orders were placed with
Baldwin, Lima, and Pullman. New cast turret, radio equipment in turret
instead of in hull. 200 vehicles were ordered and delivered to the 8th
Army in the Western Desert in early 1942. 4th Armoured Brigade had 167
Grants at the Gazala battle on May 27, 1942. It gave a boost to morale as
it could out-range the panzers. Standard M3s were then sold to Britain and
were designated Lees. 250 of these arrived to the 8th Army in June 1942.
By the Battle of Alamein in October 1942 almost 600 M3 tanks had been
delivered. When the M4 replaced these tanks in the desert the M3s were
shipped to Burma. A few went to