M3A5 General Grant II (Monty's)

Catalogue number
  • 4000.20.1
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IWM Duxford
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  • whole: Height 123 in, Length 222 in, Weight 64000 lbs, Width 107 in
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  • M3A5 General Grant II (Monty's)
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US WW2 medium tank, powered by twin General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, use by General Montgomery during the battle of El Alamein. The 37mm gun was replaced by a wooden dummy gun barrel to create more room in the turret for extra radio equipment.

History note

This Tank was used by General (later Field Marshal) Sir Bernard Law Montgomery in the Desert Campaign in 1942 - 1943, including the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 in which the 8th Army defeated Rommel. It continued to be used by Monty during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, and for the remainder of that year as the 8th Army advanced into Italy. It was attached to 8th Army Headquarters and was used by Montgomery and subsequent Commanders for forward observation on the battlefield. It was "Monty's wish" that the tank should be handed back to his old Regiment, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and in 1948 it was brought from Austria to England and became gate guardian at Budbrooke Barracks outside Warwick. It was later displayed at the Depot of the Queen's Division at Bassingbourn which the Royal Regiment joined in 1968. Completely restored in 1985 - 1988 by volunteers at the Army's Armoured Vehicle Depot at Ludgershall, Hampshire it was handed over to the Imperial War Museum on 6th June 1988. Photographs of Monty in this tank in North Africa can be obtained from the Imperial War Museum Photo Archive.

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