The M3 Stuart, formally Light Tank M3 was an American light tank of World War II. It was used by British and Commonwealth forces prior to the entry of the USA into the war, and thereafter by US and Allied Forces until the end of the war. The name General Stuart or Stuart given by the British comes from the Confederate General Jeb Stuart of the American Civil War, and was used for both the M3 and M5 Light Tank; in British service it also had the unofficial nickname of Honey. To the United States Army the tanks were officially known only as Light Tank M3 and Light Tank M5.
The M3 tanks of the 41st Tank Company were the only armored units available to US forces meeting the Japaneseinvasion of Hawaii in December 1941. Fletch Armitage served alongside one of the tanks during the battle, and despite its being a light tank, he did know that the tank was still superior to anything the Japanese had. Unfortunately, there weren't where they needed to be in force, while the Japanese tanks were.