The M2 Tank was the predecessor to the M3 Stuart series of light tanks that saw extensive service during World War II. Developed for the U.S. Army in the mid-1930s, the M2 light tank featured a 37mm main weapon in a traversing turret along with .30-caliber machine guns for infantry support. The M2 tank did serve early in World War II and proved pivotal in the defeat of the Japanese on Guadalcanal in 1942.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.