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WWII Light Tank dug up in Louisiana.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:30 pm
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Here is all the info that has been released so far. I am using my connections to see if any pics are available.

An engineer battalion from the Fort Polk Army base that has been clearing land for a small arms range at the National Guard's Camp Beauregard in Pineville has uncovered a World War II-era tank.
Richard Moran, the curator for the Camp Beauregard Louisiana Military Maneuvers Museum, says that the tank is either an M2A4 or an M3 Stuart tank. Moran says it is one of the earliest tanks mass produced for World War II.
The tank is small by Army tank standards. It holds only three soldiers. It had been converted for non-military use and was likely used as a tractor after the war.
It was discovered by the 687th Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, First Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:55 pm
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M3 Stuart :


that's a very nice find !! I'm glad they saved it.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:06 pm
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The apparent close spacing of the bogies and what seems like an attachment for a trailing idler (darker area behind rearmost bogie), would indicate an M3, as do the location and configuration of the view ports on the turret side.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:32 pm
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My old National Guard connections let me down. Thanks for posting that picture!

Here is a link to a more detailed report:

Tank at Camp Beauregard
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:54 pm
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Hi Folks!

Nice find. Hope it gets a better home than it has had.

Great job to those who first found it and reported it.

Sgt, Scouts out!

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