BRITISH M3 GRANT TANKS - NORTH AFRICA

  The Commander in Chief, General Sir Claude Auchinleck, (farthest from the camera) and Major General Campbell, VC, standing on a Grant tank, watching as it fires at a practice target in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8458

The Commander in Chief, General Sir Claude Auchinleck, (farthest from the camera) and Major General Campbell, VC, standing on a Grant tank, watching as it fires at a practice target in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8458

  Grant tanks of 5th Royal Tank Regiment on the move in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942.   IWM photo E 8467

Grant tanks of 5th Royal Tank Regiment on the move in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8467

  A Grant tank in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8475

A Grant tank in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8475

  A Grant tank engaging a practice target in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8476

A Grant tank engaging a practice target in the Western Desert, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8476

  An American sergeant instructor lecturing troops about the Grant tank, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8493

An American sergeant instructor lecturing troops about the Grant tank, 17 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8493

  The crew of a 3rd Royal Tank Regiment Grant tank clean the vehicle's sponson-mounted 75mm gun, 20 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8580

The crew of a 3rd Royal Tank Regiment Grant tank clean the vehicle's sponson-mounted 75mm gun, 20 Feb 1942. IWM photo E 8580

  New Grant and Stuart tanks being unloaded from a ship onto a "Z" craft which will then take them ashore, 13 March 1942. IWM photo E 9226

New Grant and Stuart tanks being unloaded from a ship onto a "Z" craft which will then take them ashore, 13 March 1942. IWM photo E 9226

  Grant tanks of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in the Western Desert, 24 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9613

Grant tanks of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in the Western Desert, 24 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9613

  Newly-delivered Grant and Stuart tanks being spray painted shortly after their arrival in the Middle East, 29 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9885

Newly-delivered Grant and Stuart tanks being spray painted shortly after their arrival in the Middle East, 29 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9885

  A soldier painting the name 'Chichester IV' onto the side of a Grant tank, 29 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9892

A soldier painting the name 'Chichester IV' onto the side of a Grant tank, 29 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9892

  A Grant tank of 'C' Squadron HQ, 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Armoured Division, being loaded aboard a railway flatcar to be transported to the desert, 29 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9915

A Grant tank of 'C' Squadron HQ, 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Armoured Division, being loaded aboard a railway flatcar to be transported to the desert, 29 Mar 1942. IWM photo E 9915

  A Grant tank wearing 'Sun Shield' lorry camouflage in the Western Desert, May 1942. IWM photo E 12291

A Grant tank wearing 'Sun Shield' lorry camouflage in the Western Desert, May 1942. IWM photo E 12291

  Grant tanks and scout cars of an armoured brigade headquarters in the Western Desert, 31 May 1942. IWM photo E 12637

Grant tanks and scout cars of an armoured brigade headquarters in the Western Desert, 31 May 1942. IWM photo E 12637

  Grant tanks training in Libya, 4 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12860

Grant tanks training in Libya, 4 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12860

  Royal Tank Regiment officers study a map before going into battle in their Grant tanks, 4 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12864

Royal Tank Regiment officers study a map before going into battle in their Grant tanks, 4 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12864

  A Grant tank being loaded with ammunition before going into battle in Libya, 4 Jun 1942.   IWM photo E 12861

A Grant tank being loaded with ammunition before going into battle in Libya, 4 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12861

  A Grant tank passes a burning German PzKpfw I tank, 6 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12920

A Grant tank passes a burning German PzKpfw I tank, 6 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 12920

  Grant tank crews sit down to a brew near their vehicles, Libya, 8 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13106

Grant tank crews sit down to a brew near their vehicles, Libya, 8 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13106

  The engine of a Grant tank is removed for overhaul by the mechanics of a light recovery section of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 10 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13233

The engine of a Grant tank is removed for overhaul by the mechanics of a light recovery section of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 10 Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13233

  Grant tank crew loading up with ammunition from a truck, 18 June 1942. I  WM photo 13552

Grant tank crew loading up with ammunition from a truck, 18 June 1942. IWM photo 13552

  Grant tank crew loading up with ammunition from a truck, 18 June 1942. IWM photo E 13551

Grant tank crew loading up with ammunition from a truck, 18 June 1942. IWM photo E 13551

  Grant tank advancing in the Western Desert, 18 June 1942.   IWM  photo E 13533

Grant tank advancing in the Western Desert, 18 June 1942. IWM  photo E 13533

  A Grant tank on patrol near Mersa Matruh, 26 Jun 1942. IWM  photo E 13773

A Grant tank on patrol near Mersa Matruh, 26 Jun 1942. IWM  photo E 13773

  The driver of a Grant tank takes a closer look at a gouge in the armour plate made by a 50mm anti-tank round, Libya, June 1942. IWM photo E 13261

The driver of a Grant tank takes a closer look at a gouge in the armour plate made by a 50mm anti-tank round, Libya, June 1942. IWM photo E 13261

  IWM E 13261. Color by Nikos Hatzitsirou.

IWM E 13261. Color by Nikos Hatzitsirou.

  Grant HQ tank and Daimler scout car, Libya, Jun 1942. I  WM photo E 13262

Grant HQ tank and Daimler scout car, Libya, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13262

  A Grant tank fitted with 'sun shield' lorry camouflage, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13376

A Grant tank fitted with 'sun shield' lorry camouflage, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13376

  The rear view of a Grant tank fitted with 'sun shield' lorry camouflage, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13379

The rear view of a Grant tank fitted with 'sun shield' lorry camouflage, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13379

  A Grant tank partially fitted with 'sun shield' lorry camouflage, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13380

A Grant tank partially fitted with 'sun shield' lorry camouflage, Jun 1942. IWM photo E 13380

  Grant and Lee tanks of 'C' Squadron, 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars, 2nd Armoured Brigade, El Alamein position. Egypt, 7 Jul 1942. IWM photo E 14053

Grant and Lee tanks of 'C' Squadron, 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars, 2nd Armoured Brigade, El Alamein position. Egypt, 7 Jul 1942. IWM photo E 14053

  Grant and Lee tanks of 'C' Squadron, 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars, at El Alamein, 7 July 1942. IWM photo E 14054

Grant and Lee tanks of 'C' Squadron, 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars, at El Alamein, 7 July 1942. IWM photo E 14054

  Grant tanks of 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, waiting to go into action in the Western Desert, 28 Jul 1942. IWM photo E 14948

Grant tanks of 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, waiting to go into action in the Western Desert, 28 Jul 1942. IWM photo E 14948

  Winston Churchill touring tank units at Tel-el-Kebir, 9 August 1942. A Grant tank can be seen in the background. IWM photo E 15381

Winston Churchill touring tank units at Tel-el-Kebir, 9 August 1942. A Grant tank can be seen in the background. IWM photo E 15381

  A Grant tank loaded onto a Diamond T transporter, 13 Aug 1942. IWM photo E 15577

A Grant tank loaded onto a Diamond T transporter, 13 Aug 1942. IWM photo E 15577

  A Grant tank being taken to the forward areas on a Diamond T transporter, 13 Aug 1942. IWM photo E 15583

A Grant tank being taken to the forward areas on a Diamond T transporter, 13 Aug 1942. IWM photo E 15583

  Grant tanks training in the Western Desert, 26 Aug 1942. IWM photo E 16133

Grant tanks training in the Western Desert, 26 Aug 1942. IWM photo E 16133

  Trainee crews receiving instruction on the Grant tank. IWM photo E 4210E

Trainee crews receiving instruction on the Grant tank. IWM photo E 4210E

  Trainee crews practicing gun cleaning on Grant, Crusader and Sherman tanks. IWM photo E 4211E

Trainee crews practicing gun cleaning on Grant, Crusader and Sherman tanks. IWM photo E 4211E

  Tank crews receiving instruction on the Grant tank, 9 Sep 1942. IWM photo E 16625

Tank crews receiving instruction on the Grant tank, 9 Sep 1942. IWM photo E 16625

  British Grant tank 'Atlanta II' of A Squadron, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 10 Sep 1942. IWM photo E 16711

British Grant tank 'Atlanta II' of A Squadron, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 10 Sep 1942. IWM photo E 16711

  A Grant tank crew of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, 8th Armoured Brigade cleaning the guns of their vehicle, 24 October 1942.   IWM photo E 18393

A Grant tank crew of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, 8th Armoured Brigade cleaning the guns of their vehicle, 24 October 1942. IWM photo E 18393

  A Grant tank crew of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, 8th Armoured Brigade enjoying lunch beside their tank, 24 Oct 1942. IWM photo E 18405

A Grant tank crew of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, 8th Armoured Brigade enjoying lunch beside their tank, 24 Oct 1942. IWM photo E 18405

  El Alamein 1942: British tanks wait to rejoin the battle at dusk. IWM photo E 18532

El Alamein 1942: British tanks wait to rejoin the battle at dusk. IWM photo E 18532

  Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery, commanding the British Eighth Army in North Africa, in the turret of his Grant command tank at El Alamein, 5 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 18980

Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery, commanding the British Eighth Army in North Africa, in the turret of his Grant command tank at El Alamein, 5 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 18980

  Lt General Bernard Montgomery, GOC 8th Army, in front of his personal Grant tank, 5 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 18982

Lt General Bernard Montgomery, GOC 8th Army, in front of his personal Grant tank, 5 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 18982

  A Grant tank and trucks make their way along a road flooded by recent rains while in pursuit of the enemy, 10 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 19230

A Grant tank and trucks make their way along a road flooded by recent rains while in pursuit of the enemy, 10 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 19230

  A Grant tank crossing a steep ditch outside Mersa Matruh, 11 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 19316

A Grant tank crossing a steep ditch outside Mersa Matruh, 11 Nov 1942. IWM photo E 19316

  Men of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers guide a Grant tank onto a Scammell tank transporter to take it to a light repair workshop, 19 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21405

Men of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers guide a Grant tank onto a Scammell tank transporter to take it to a light repair workshop, 19 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21405

  Grant tanks being carried on Diamond T 980 tank transporters along the coast road in Libya, 15 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21272

Grant tanks being carried on Diamond T 980 tank transporters along the coast road in Libya, 15 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21272

  Men of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers secure a Grant tank onto a Scammell tank transporter before taking it to a light repair workshop, 19 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21407

Men of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers secure a Grant tank onto a Scammell tank transporter before taking it to a light repair workshop, 19 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21407

  A Grant tank passing through Tarhuna on its way to Tripoli, 25 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21568

A Grant tank passing through Tarhuna on its way to Tripoli, 25 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21568

  General Montgomery stands beside a Grant command tank near Tripoli, 27 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21701

General Montgomery stands beside a Grant command tank near Tripoli, 27 Jan 1943. IWM photo E 21701

  The aftermath of an attack by Stukas on vehicles on the Gabes road east of El Hamma. Two lorries blaze after being hit, but the Grant tank on a transporter in the foreground was unscathed, 1 Apr 1943. IWM photo NA 1794

The aftermath of an attack by Stukas on vehicles on the Gabes road east of El Hamma. Two lorries blaze after being hit, but the Grant tank on a transporter in the foreground was unscathed, 1 Apr 1943. IWM photo NA 1794

  Grant tanks, including flail variants, embarking onto a landing craft at Tripoli, 3 Jul 1943. IWM photo NA 3989

Grant tanks, including flail variants, embarking onto a landing craft at Tripoli, 3 Jul 1943. IWM photo NA 3989