AN INTRODUCTION TO
A Brief Overview of J. Walter Christie's Tank Designs
THE AFV ASSOCIATION
The vehicles developed by the american-born inventor J. Walter Christie were a lasting contribution to armor history, and although many of his designs never saw fruition, they still impacted on the armor development of that period.
This website is mainly devoted to his tank designs, and only briefly touches on his other efforts to create gun carriages, amphibious military vehicles and flying tanks. These may be pursued at a later date, but for now we will simply skim through his efforts to field a fast cruiser style family of tank chassis with the unique "Christie Suspension", which for the times was revolutionary.
© 1997 George Bradford
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The photos shown below will give you some idea of the actual appearance of some of the Christie vehicles, both during testing or on display.
|The M1919 at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1920.||The turretless M1928 being demonstrated to the Army.|
|The M1921 during trench crossing trials.|
|Side view of the M1931, designated as Medium Tank T3 by the Army.
|The T3 on trials at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in 1932.||Front view of the M1932 .|
|The sleek lines of the M1932.||The M1937 demonstrating at high speed.|