The Stuart was designated as the M3 Light Tank and supplied to the British prior to the United States entering World War II. The M3’s were also the first tanks crewed by Americans to see tank to tank battle in World War II. Because of confusion between the American and British alpha- numeric nomenclature for tanks, Winston Churchill came up with the idea of naming American tanks after Civil War general's. The M3 was dubbed the Stuart Tank, a tribute to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum's example is a very early version and one of only about 100 made with a fully riveted hull and turret. We believe once we are completed restoring it to fully functional and running condition it will be the only one in the world. So far we have had to obtain parts from as far away as Australia!