|M3 Grant with reduced profile turret.|
|As photographed by the author.|
Used with permission from the US Army Ordnance Museum.
The Grant/Lee tanks have been much vilified by history and gamers alike - there was much fault to point at. At 10 feet tall, it had a high profile, its main gun was not on a turret, its anti-tank gun was inadequate to deal with current armor, its riveted construction lead to rivets becoming shrapnel inside the hull wounding or killing the crew, taking out the engine, and even setting off the internal ammo. Adding to its risks, its gasoline powered engine could catch fire easily.
So what is the difference between the "Grant" and the "Lee"? The short answer is the Grant was the version of the M3 that was shipped to England. The British insisted on some changes for their models. They gave the fitted radio suite to the tank commander, reducing the crew requirements from 7 to 6. And they produced their own turret for the M3, removing the cupola and supporting machine gun, thus reducing its profile.