When the M24 Chaffee came into service its 75mm gun was considered a substantial improvement and it was very well regarded. However, it was also very soon discovered that the 75mm gun was not good enough either and there was a program started to mount a high velocity 76. This was the T37. After a couple of phases of development the T37 eventually evolved into the T41. Standing behind me: The Walker Bulldog. You start off with an eight cylinder Continental Engine cranking out 500 horsepower and that’s a good start for a vehicle that only weighs in at 20 tons. You have four crewmen. The Assistant/Bow gunner has been dispensed with, and instead his place has been taken up with by 76mm Ammunition The Driver remains in the front left. He has the Automatic transmission system. For steering he now has sort of a T-Bar system instead of individual tillers, and he has only two pedals, the brake and the really, really, big accelerator. The other three crewmen are, of course, in the turret. On the left hand side you will find the Loader, he services the 76mm with eleven ready-rounds. The rest of the ammunition is stored either under the turret or in the front right of the hull. On the right hand side, the Gunner has his power and manual traverse controls, as would be expected, and behind him is the Commander. The Large Bustle at the back, you would expect might have extra ammunition but no, it is entirely filled with radios. Remember it is a light tank; its primary function is reconnaissance, not combat. Although if you have a 76mm, why not shoot at something if something makes itself available to you. The suspension continues more or less from the Chaffee. You have five road wheels per side, Torsion Bar suspension on good solid single pin track, with Chevron rubber blocks. As a light tank, Armour was not a priority. The thickest in there was about one and a half inches and that is basically at the front of the turret and the mantlet. Everything else you were lucky if you had about an inch of armour. But again, this wasn’t designed to engage enemy tanks in combat. This was designed to be survivable long enough to conduct your Reconnaissance or Cavalry duties. In addition to the 76mm there was the coaxial.30 calibre and there was also a pintle mount at the top of the turret for a calibre.50 for anti-air or infantry purposes. There was also a pintle mount at the top for the commander, for primarily anti-air purposes. The gunner had two sights, the traditional periscopic sight that went through the turret roof and he had also the direct vision telescope, mounted coaxially to the gun. This telescope is actually hidden behind an armoured shutter. If you have a look at the front of the mantlet, you can see where the armoured shutter is and this gave a little extra protection to that back-up sight. The Driver in the vehicle is actually given a bit more visibility than usual. Ordinarily, you have simply the three periscopes, front, slight left, and slight right In this case there is also the possibility of a periscope mounting in the hatch. And he also has one over his left shoulder, which faces slightly to the rear. Not good enough for reversing but certainly more visibility than he would ordinarily get. The tank is well equipped for stowage. There were sponson boxes on either side of the hull, and there was also a large stowage box on the turret bustle. The mantlet cover was simply for weather effects; to prevent rain and wind from getting in the crew compartment. The main gun is a 76mm M32, equipped with a ‘T’ Muzzle break and a fume extractor to stop the crew inside from being suffocated. The top speed for the vehicle was 45 miles per hour, which wasn’t bad. The problem though was, that the engine was so fuel hungry that it would run out of fuel barely under a hundred miles and that wasn’t at 45 miles per hour. Originally the vehicle was to be named the ‘Bulldog’, however, after General Walker was killed in Korea, the vehicle was slightly renamed in his honour and is known as ‘Walker Bulldog’. For what it was supposed to do, the M41 was actually very good. It was mobile, it was well armed, it had a good radio system, it would get where it needed to go. However, later, additional requirement was added, it had to be air transportable, to fit in the backs of airplanes which were getting bigger and more able to carry tanks. M41 didn’t do that job so well, so new light tanks had to enter service to replace them. However, M41 did have a good long service life in the service of friendly foreign nations.