NEW 8-TON M22 LOCUST TANK FLOWN TO HOLLAND IN INVASION

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NEW 8-TON M22 LOCUST TANK FLOWN TO HOLLAND IN INVASION

From the September 25, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

NEW YORK, Sept. 24,—a new Army ordnance eight-ton airborne tank—M22—Was used in the invasion of Holland, ordinance district chief Col. Frank J. Atwood revealed. He said the tank—nicknamed the “locust”—carried a 37mm. gun, machine gun, three sub-machine guns, a dozen grenades, and 3,000 round of cannon and small-arms ammunition.

It is transported by gliders or, with the turret removed, under the wings of giant cargo planes.



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The M22 Locust was designed by the American company, Marmon-Herrington to be a purpose-built light tank suitable for Airborne operations. 830 Locusts were built, but due to a series of design and testing delays the tank was considered obsolete by the time they were available for active service. They were never used in combat with the US Army. However, 260 Locusts were given to Britain under the Lend-Lease act. Eight were used by the British 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment during Operation Varsity, the airborne assault across the Rhine River, but the locusts performed poorly and never saw active service again with the British Army.



For More About Airborne Operations in WWII Check Out:

A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II


The Last Drop: Operation Varsity, March 24-25, 1945




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