Nahuel

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Medium Tank "Nahuel"
Nahuel Tank.jpg
Argentine "Nahuel" Tank
TypeMedium tank
Place of origin Argentina
Service history
Used by Argentina
Production history
DesignerAlfredo Baisi
ManufacturerArsenal Esteban de Luca
Number built12 (+ 1 wooden mock-up)
Specifications
Weight35 tonnes
Length6.22 m
Width2.33 m
Height2.952 m
Crew5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)

Armor80 mm
Main
armament
Krupp Model 1909 75mm L/30 gun, with

?? rounds

Secondary
armament
1x (Allan machine gun ?) and 3 Madsen×7,65mm machine guns

?? rounds

EngineFMA-Lorraine Dietrich 12 EB, 12 cylinders in W, water cooled
500 hp @ ? rpm
Power/weight14,3 hp / tonne
Suspensionvertical volute spring
Operational
range
250km (on road)
Speed40km/h (25 mi/h) (on road)
 
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Medium Tank "Nahuel"
Nahuel Tank.jpg
Argentine "Nahuel" Tank
TypeMedium tank
Place of origin Argentina
Service history
Used by Argentina
Production history
DesignerAlfredo Baisi
ManufacturerArsenal Esteban de Luca
Number built12 (+ 1 wooden mock-up)
Specifications
Weight35 tonnes
Length6.22 m
Width2.33 m
Height2.952 m
Crew5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)

Armor80 mm
Main
armament
Krupp Model 1909 75mm L/30 gun, with

?? rounds

Secondary
armament
1x (Allan machine gun ?) and 3 Madsen×7,65mm machine guns

?? rounds

EngineFMA-Lorraine Dietrich 12 EB, 12 cylinders in W, water cooled
500 hp @ ? rpm
Power/weight14,3 hp / tonne
Suspensionvertical volute spring
Operational
range
250km (on road)
Speed40km/h (25 mi/h) (on road)

The "Nahuel" D.L. 43 tank was a medium tank developed in Argentina during World War II. It was the Argentine equivalent of the M4 Sherman and the M3 Grant American medium tanks.

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Design

The designer was Lt. Colonel Alfredo Baisi.[1] The word Nahuel means "tiger" in the aboriginal language Mapudungun.[1] It was armed with a 75mm gun (taken from the Krupp Model 1909 Field Gun used by the Argentine Army) in a rotating armored turret.[1]

Similarity

Its design is similar to that of the United States Army M4 Sherman and the early versions of the M3 Grant but with sloped armor. Contrary to popular belief it was not a copy of the M4 Sherman, but the design of the M4 influenced it.[1]

Production

Only 12 tanks and one wooden mock-up were produced by the Arsenal Esteban de Luca in Buenos Aires and supplied to the Argentine Army, because of the availability of cheap surplus Sherman tanks, several of which were provided by the United Kingdom in the late 1940s.[1]

Operators

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