The M3 Stuart
, formally Light Tank M3
, is an American light tank
of World War II
. It was supplied to British
forces under lend-lease
prior to the entry of the U.S. into the war. Thereafter, it was used by U.S. and Allied
forces until the end of the war.
The British service name "General Stuart" (or just "Stuart") came from the American Civil War Confederate
general J. E. B. Stuart
and was used for both the M3 and the derivative M5 Light Tank. In British service, it also had the unofficial nickname of "Honey" after a tank driver remarked "She's a honey".
In US, use the tanks were officially known as "Light Tank M3" and "Light Tank M5".
Stuarts were the first American-crewed tanks in World War II to engage the enemy in tank versus tank combat.