|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||USA|
|Designer||US Ordnance Department|
|Manufacturer||US Ordnance Department|
|Produced In||Never produced|
|Debut in FHSW||v0.5|
|Retired in FHSW||v0.55 (renamed into M27)|
|Main armament||76.2 mm M1|
|Coaxial weapon||1x 7.62 mm M1919A4|
|General Ingame Information|
|Seat 2||Commander Seat|
|Seat 3||1x 7.62 mm M1919A4|
|Seat 4||Passenger Seat|
|Seat 5||Passenger Seat|
The T23E3 was an American tank project from the WWII. Almost immediately after the M4 Sherman was standardized, the US Ordnance Department started work on a successor.
Three series of medium tanks were developed, the T20, T22, and T23 where the main difference laid in the chosen transmission. Like the T20 and T22, T23's with the 75 mm automatic gun and 3 inch gun were planned but never constructed. The T23 was actually the first of the T20 series prototypes completed and was found to be highly maneuverable. The Design was classified "limited procurement" in May 1943 and 250 T23's were ordered, although the design was never standardized or issued to front line units. Production models featured the T80 turret that would later be used in modified form on the upgunned M4 variants. The T23 was not adopted for service partly because of its untried transmission system and partly because the design had poor weight distribution and excessive ground pressure. In an attempt to rectify this, two further variants were ordered, the T23E3 with torsion bar suspension and the T23E4 with horizontal volute suspension. The T23E4 was cancelled before the design was completed, but the T23E3 prototype was completed and the Torsion bar suspension was found to have reduced the ground pressure by 20% compared to the T23. After many testing, the T23E3 went into short service in Juli 1943 as the M27.