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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.



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