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M-41 Walker Bulldog
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The M41 Walker Bulldog, officially 76-mm Gun Tank, M41, was an American light tank developed for armed reconnaissance purposes.[8][9] It was produced by Cadillac between 1951 and 1954 and marketed successfully to the United States Army as a replacement for its aging fleet of World War II vintage M24 Chaffee tanks.[6] Although engineered as a reconnaissance vehicle, the M41's weight and armament also made it effective in the close infantry support role and for rapid airborne deployments.[8] Upon entering US service, all M41s received the designation Little Bulldog and subsequently, Walker Bulldog after the late General Walton Walker, who was killed in a Jeep accident in 1950.[1] The M41 was the first postwar American light tank to see worldwide service, and was exported in considerable numbers by the United States, particularly to Asia.[8]

Development of the M41 proceeded slowly until the outbreak of the Korean War, when the US Army's renewed demands for more tanks resulted in its being rushed into production.[5] The haste with which it was initially produced led to technical problems,[5] which, coupled with the relatively cramped dimensions of its hull interior, gave it a mediocre reputation among American tank crews.[8] It was also considered too large in comparison to the Chaffee for reconnaissance.[5] Funding for the M41 program was slashed accordingly, and more emphasis placed on the development of new main battle tanks such as the M47 Patton.[5] Cadillac ceased production of the M41A1 in late 1954. It was replaced by the M551 Sheridan during the 1960s.
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