Hello Everyone I am currently researching the history of a ex British Army M3 Grant under restoration here in Western Australia. The tank in question is T24676. This is our Facebook page - M3 Grant T24676 Restoration Our Grant was manufactured by Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company of Hammond, Indiana on the 14th July 1942. July 1942 was a significant month as it was the month that production of the British Grant 1 ended at Pullman-Standard. With only 15 Grant tanks manufactured this month, that makes T24676 one of the very last Pullman-Standard Grants built. ________________________________________________________________________________________ I came across this forum when searching the internet for historical information on our tank. I have been able to successfully research the Australian Army service life but it is the British Army service that I am struggling with. The markings found on our grant are a little confusing. Not knowing the British unit markings very well, I was hoping some of the forum members may be able to help me out. One of the major problems associated with North African Grants is that unit marking were quite often painted onto the face of each rear and front sand guard. As these were not needed in Australian service, they were removed and disposed of thus eliminating the tanks British history. I have prepared an illustration showing the markings I have found on the Grant. Some are production tags, some are British and some are Australian. The markings are as accurate as I can get them so if you see something that doesn't look right, let me know and I will check it out. The tank is stored a couple of hours drive from me so I am unable to simply 'pop out' and have a look unfortunately. This particular Grant has tell tale signs that it was used by the British in North Africa. Apart from the markings, T24676 has at some stage prior to Australian service, received a 'hand brushed' sand coloured camouflage paint scheme over the entire tank. The colour appear to match the 'Light Stone' the British used in the North Africa campaign. This coat of paint has been 'slapped' on which suggests a unit level exercise. The paint also shows wear and tear consistent with the effects of wind/sand blast damage.The thinner sections of the paint job have completely worn away leaving the thicker paint only. This paint layer is preserved under the olive drab green paint scheme applied when it entered Australian service. Another tell tale sign are the two brackets welded to each end of the transmission case. These brackets were placed there to mount the square cut sand shields over the front of each track. These brackets were only on British Grants used in North Africa. Our tank still has these brackets in place. There are a few quite exciting finds on this Grant that may help with it's history. I have posted some photos of each find. 1. I have found what looks to be a caricature of a MOUSE/RAT/RODENT on the front transmission casting. I believe the 4th Armoured brigade used a similar animal (Desert Rat) for it's mascot. Could this be a caricature of this animal. Could our grant possibly be ex 4th Armoured Brigade? Other interesting markings show what looks to be a tank name or similar applied by the crew. The following appears (on an angle) just below the drivers LH side viewing hatch. I believe it is this - TI 1P. It is hand painted in a Roman style font that was so popular on tanks in British service. I have also found what appears to be a large letter 'A' and a hand carried flame torch similar to a small Olympic torch you would see many years ago. There is a 'Greek style' angular number 3 next to it. 2. What appears to be battle damage is present on the front transmission. I have noticed in photographs of Grants in the desert campaigns, a number of similar sized projectile hits to the transmission. There are three distinct repairs to the armour. Each appears to have been 'cleaned' out by using a grinder of some sort as the edges are neat. The hole has then been back filled, ground flat and then had a stamp applied to it's surface. 3. The Grant has what may be in service small arm projectile hits as well. I have found 22 strikes to the Grants armour. 20 strikes to the side of the main gun sponson and two on the transmission. The strikes to the sponson are quite close together and suggest the strikes are from a light machine gun. The depth and shape of the strikes also suggests a 'pointed' rather than a 'rounded' nosed projectile. So thats a brief overview of the Grant. Any help, no matter how small, will be accepted with open arms. Thanks for this opportunity. Regards Stuart Brief history of T24676 in Australian service. The following has been researched based on written, pictorial and historical information available to us at this early stage. T24676 still carries it's unit markings. Unfortunately these markings are very difficult to identify due to their deteriorate state. I will post up more details as they come to hand. T24676 is the registration number given to this Grant. T24676 is a Grant l - Riveted hull, British turret, petrol engine. 4,724 built. We believe that T24676 was sent to the Western Desert/North African campaign of Sept 1940 - Jan 1943. T24676 was eventually transferred to the Australian army sometime after the M4 Sherman was introduced into the campaign. The M3 Grants were deemed redundant by the British and were thus made available to it's allied partner, Australia. It is believed that all the Australian bound ex British army Western Desert Grants were transported by ship directly to South Australia where they were off loaded and distributed to various units around Australia. Along with a number of other Grants, T24676 was railed across the border to Merredin, Western Australia. The Grants were bound for No.5 Base Ordnance Depot (5BOD) Nungarin (approx 40 kms north of Merredin). Unfortunately a storm had passed through the area a few days prior resulting in the rail line between Merredin and Nungarin being disabled due to flooding. The only course of action left was to unload the Grants and drive them the 40kms to Nungarin. This they did. All arriving safely. At the time, the army depot at Nungarin was the largest storage and maintenance facility for Army Ordnance and Vehicles in Western Australia. The depot also comprised a very large and comprehensive repair facility. This facility was capable of both light and heavy maintenance on all armoured and soft skinned vehicles in use with the Australian army. T24676 was most probably assigned to 'B' Squadron, 2/7th or 2/10th AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED REGIMENT of the 1st ARMOURED DIVISION, 3rd CORP. During January to March 1943 the 2/7th Armoured Regiment moved to Mingenew, Western Australia, with the rest of the 1st Armoured Division to undertake garrison duties. The changing strategic outlook that followed the Allied victories around Buna and on Guadalcanal, coupled with the manpower shortages in the Australian Army and the wider economy at this time led to the disbandment of 1st Armoured Division in September. After this, the 2/7th Armoured Regiment remained in Western Australia and was reassigned to the 1st Armoured Brigade Group. Nevertheless, on 7 January 1944, the 2/7th was also disbanded, having never seen action. After the war, all surplus armoured vehicles, including the Grants, were sold off at disposal auction. Most of these tanks were bought by farmers for use on their farms for field and clearing work. The Western Australian Wheatbelt was literally saturated with ex military vehicles for the next three decades. T24676 was one of these Grants that were used on a farm. To save weight and to facilitate ease of entry and egress from vehicle, the turret and basket was removed and disposed of. The tank was used for all types of work around the farm for many years until modern tractors became available. T24676 was therefore 'parked up' on the farm and forgotten about. In early 2015, the Grant was purchased by it's current owner and moved to his property in June of that year. Given it's decrepit appearance, T24676 is in rather good condition. It is operational and can be driven without any mechanical problems affecting it's drive-ability. The interior has been stripped out as were most Grants on farms. A replacement turret will be acquired as will a better set of tracks. The restoration is now underway. T24676 will receive a full 'down to the last nut and bolt' restoration. It will be a slow and steady process.