The 1st piece of irony surrounding the M-1 is
it was produced to counter the huge number
of Soviet tanks produced during W.W. III.
These tanks used the U.S.-designed, Christie
This suspension was sold to the Soviets
by the FDR Admin. even though the
U.S.S.R. refused to account for U.S. POWs.
who had been withheld at the end of fighting
near Archangel and Vladivostok, Russia in 1919.
One of the mechanics who worked on the tank,
during initial development, was a former member
of the Soviet and German armies during W.W.II.
He was originally in the Red Army, but was
by the Germans and decided to fight for Hitler.
He was wanted by the U.S.S.R. at the end of
but, like thousands of other Nazi sympathizers,
he was allowed to come to America.
This policy of aiding Nazis led to the Soviet
refusal to return over 10,000 U.S. POWs
and about 1,000,000 Western European
concentration camp survivors.
During the M-1 project he came up w/ a simple
solution to prevent mud from building up
and forcing the track off of the drive wheel.
Just like he had on the U.S.S.R.'s Joseph
during W.W.II, he welded a small steel bar to the
tank body, positioned to knock mud off the track.
The U.S.S.R.'s Joseph Stalin Heavy Tank.