M41 Walker Bulldog Tank

Development history

On November, 7, 1950, the US Ordnance Committee Minutes (OCM) published the #33476 item. This was a new classification between the heavy (120 mm gun), medium (90 mm), and light tank (76 mm), according to their main armament. At the same time, a replacement for the late WW2 standard light tank, the M24 Chaffee, was started in 1947 with research on the T37 to fit a more efficient armament to deal with armor.                                                                                                                   Added to this was chosen to make the new model air-transportable for fast deployment into enemy territory since reconnaissance was still the main duty for light tanks. Work on a longer barrel was accompanied by a more efficient rangefinder, which was deemed in 1949 too ambitious for such tank class and downgraded on the next T41 prototype. This was the final production prototype, and Cadillac’s Cleveland Tank Plant (which already had experience producing the former M5 and M24 light tanks) was chosen for the first batch in 1952.                                                                                                                               

Design

Compared to M24 Chaffee, the M41 was a much bigger tank, a direct consequence of the main gun’s breech block length. The turret was enlarged, with a turret ring 2 inches (50 cm) wider, imposing a longer hull, (16.06 vs 19.9 ft or 5.03 m vs. 5.9 m), wider (10.5 vs 9.10 ft or 3.2 vs 3 m), but slightly lower (8.9 vs 9.1 ft or 2.77 vs 2.71 m). But it was also 5 tons heavier. Armour still relied on welded RHA sloped plates, with storage sponson boxes for tooling, with vertical openings. The armor was similar to the M24 Chaffee at 1.5 in (38 mm) at the thickest (the glacis plate and turret mantlet).                                           

The much longer 76 mm gun had indeed a far greater punch than the M24 Chaffee, but it was already barely sufficient against modern tanks of the 1960s, like the T-54/55. The gun had a T-shaped muzzle brake and efficient fume extractor. There were 57 rounds in store, eleven ready AP/HE in the turret and the others stored mostly into the right front hull (replacing the co-driver). It was coaxial with a cal. 0.30 Browning M1919A4 machine gun in the mantlet, while a fixed pintle mount for a heavy cal.50 M2HB (12.7 mm) machine gun took place in front of the commander cupola.                                      

 

M41A3 Walker Bulldog specifications

Dimensions (L-W-H)

26’9″ (19’1″ without gun) x 10’3″ x 10’1″ ft.in

(8.21m (5.81m) x 3.13m x 3.07m)

Total weight, battle ready

23.5 tons

Crew

4 (Commander, Driver, Loader, Gunner)

Propulsion

Continental AOS 895-3 6-cyl. gas. 500 hp (373 kW)

Top speed

45 mph (72 kph) on road

Suspensions

Torsion bars

Range

100 miles (161 km)

Armament

76 mm (3 in) gun M32, 70 rounds

cal.50 M2 (12.7 mm)

cal.30 (7.62 mm) Browning M1919A4

Armor

Hull armour 25 mm front and sides. 19 mm rear

Turret Armour 25 mm all-round.

Gun mantle 38 mm

Production

5500

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