Referred to as the ‘coffin for seven brothers’ by the Soviet tank crews, the M3 Lee was designed as a replacement for the M2 Medium Tank (an unsuccessful tank design). Due to the start of World War 2, the M3 Lee was rushed into production with production starting in August 1941. The production run for the M3 Lee ended in December 1942, with some 6,258 M3 Lees built. Under the Lend-Lease agreement, the Soviet Union received over 1,300 M3 Lee Medium Tanks.
I painted the M3 Lee Medium Tank as a Lend-Lease Tank supplied to the Soviet Union. As a way of identifying this tank as part of the Red Army, I applied Soviet star decals to the sides of the turret. As well, I painted common Soviet tank slogans on the sides of the hull.
The images below are found in the Russian Armour IV section of Citizen Soldiers: A 1/72 scale World War 2 Model Site.
Citizen Soldiers: A 1/72 scale World War 2 Model Site is devoted to the hobby of painting and collecting World War 2 models/miniatures. It is my hope, through creating this website, to honour the men and women who served in the Second World War, whose sacrifices and courage have given us the freedom and quality of life we have today.