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These Are The Most-Produced Tanks in American History

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Tanks emerged as a crucial element of ground-based attacks during the tumultuous years of World War II. While the American military had utilized tanks by the end of World War I, early models were clunky and often posed a more significant threat to their own crews than to the enemy. However, advancements in tank technology during the interwar period led to increased speed, agility, and firepower. Below is a comprehensive list of every tank used by the U.S. Army throughout its history.

During the period of 1939-1945, the U.S. Army accumulated a formidable set of tanks. One of the most significant designs of that era was the M3 Stuart light tank, which was used early in the war but proved to be ineffective against German armored vehicles and was quickly replaced by newer models.

In contrast, the M4 Sherman medium tank became a crucial player in the Allied offensive, with a staggering 50,000 units produced between 1942 and 1945. Not only were these tanks easy to transport, but they were also comparatively affordable to manufacture, which made them the most abundant tanks ever used by the U.S. Army.

CEOWORLD magazine conducted a comprehensive review of a list of tanks used by the U.S. Army to determine the top tanks in the history of mass production. The list was obtained from Military Factory, an online database that provides information on various military vehicles. The tanks were ranked based on the total number produced. The additional data on tank type, country of origin, unit size, and wars served were also sourced from the Military Factory.

After World War II, M4 Sherman tanks played a significant role in the Korean War, alongside a new line of tanks named after General Patton. By the time the Vietnam War began, the Patton tank family had expanded to include two of the most produced tanks after the Shermans and Stuarts: the M48 Pattons and the M60s. The M48 Pattons were the primary workhorses during the war, while the M60s were the first tanks designated as “main battle tanks.”

  1. M4 Sherman
    Number produced: 50,000
    Year entered service: 1942
    Wars served: World War II, Korean War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Medium tank
    Crew size: 5
  2. M3 Stuart
    Number produced: 22,744
    Year entered service: 1941
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank
    Crew size: 4
  3. M60 (Patton)
    Number produced: 15,000
    Year entered service: 1960
    Wars served: Vietnam War, Gulf War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Main battle tank
    Crew size: 4
  4. M48 Patton
    Number produced: 12,000
    Year entered service: 1952
    Wars served: Vietnam War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Medium tank
    Crew size: 4
  5. M1 Abrams
    Number produced: 10,000
    Year entered service: 1980
    Wars served: Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Main battle tank
    Crew size: 4
  6. M5 Stuart
    Number produced: 8,884
    Year entered service: 1942
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank
    Crew size: 4
  7. M47 (Patton II)
    Number produced: 8,676
    Year entered service: 1951
    Wars served: N/A
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Medium tank tracked combat vehicle
    Crew size: 5
  8. M3 Lee / M3 Grant
    Number produced: 6,258
    Year entered service: 1941
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Medium tank
    Crew size: 6
  9. M24 Chaffee
    Number produced: 4,731
    Year entered service: 1944
    Wars served: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Reconnaissance light tank
    Crew size: 5
  10. M26 Pershing
    Number produced: 4,550
    Year entered service: 1945
    Wars served: World War II, Korean War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Heavy tank / medium tank
    Crew size: 5
  11. M41 Walker Bulldog
    Number produced: 3,728
    Year entered service: 1951
    Wars served: Korean War, Vietnam War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank tracked combat vehicle
    Crew size: 4
  12. M4A3(76)W HVSS Sherman (Easy Eight)
    Number produced: 2,617
    Year entered service: 1944
    Wars served: World War II, Korean War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Upped-gunned medium tank
    Crew size: 5
  13. M4A4 Sherman Firefly
    Number produced: 2,100
    Year entered service: 1944
    Wars served: World War II, Korean War
    Country of origin: United Kingdom
    Type: Tank destroyer / medium tank
    Crew size: 5
  14. M551 Sheridan
    Number produced: 1,562
    Year entered service: 1968
    Wars served: Vietnam War, Gulf War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Armored reconnaissance airborne assault vehicle
    Crew size: 4
  15. M46 Patton (General Patton)
    Number produced: 1,160
    Year entered service: 1950
    Wars served: Korean War
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Medium tank tracked combat vehicle
    Crew size: 5
  16. Tank Mk V
    Number produced: 1,004
    Year entered service: 1918
    Wars served: World War I
    Country of origin: United Kingdom
    Type: Heavy tank / armored fighting vehicle
    Crew size: 8
  17. Sherman Crab
    Number produced: 1,000
    Year entered service: 1942
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United Kingdom
    Type: Special purpose mine flail tank tracked support vehicle
    Crew size: 5
  18. M1917 6-ton
    Number produced: 950
    Year entered service: 1918
    Wars served: World War I
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light two-man combat tank
    Crew size: 2
  19. Marmon-Herrington CTLS
    Number produced: 875
    Year entered service: 1935
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank / tankette
    Crew size: 2
  20. M22 Locust
    Number produced: 830
    Year entered service: 1943
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Airborne infantry light tank
    Crew size: 3
  21. M2 Light Tank
    Number produced: 696
    Year entered service: 1935
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank
    Crew size: 4
  22. M103
    Number produced: 300
    Year entered service: 1957
    Wars served: N/A
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Heavy tank
    Crew size: 5
  23. Sherman Jumbo (M4A3E2)
    Number produced: 254
    Year entered service: 1944
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Up-armored medium tank / assault tank
    Crew size: 5
  24. Sherman DD (Duplex Drive)
    Number produced: 200
    Year entered service: 1944
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United Kingdom
    Type: Amphibious combat tank tracked combat vehicle
    Crew size: 5
  25. Tank Mark VIII (International / Liberty)
    Number produced: 125
    Year entered service: 1919
    Wars served: World War I
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Armored fighting vehicle
    Crew size: 11
  26. M1 Combat Car
    Number produced: 113
    Year entered service: 1933
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank
    Crew size: 4
  27. M2 Medium Tank
    Number produced: 112
    Year entered service: 1940
    Wars served: World War II
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Medium tank
    Crew size: 6
  28. Ford Model 1918 3-ton (M1918)
    Number produced: 15
    Year entered service: 1918
    Wars served: World War I
    Country of origin: United States
    Type: Light tank combat vehicle
    Crew size: 2

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