Up until the M1 Abrams was introduced, the standard U.S. tank platoon was 5 tanks, with 2 in the company headquarters.
Exactly my point. One of the advantages the U.S. Army had over the
German Army was that our tank battalions had 54 tanks (3x Companies
of 17 tanks each, plus 3 tanks at Bn HQ), while the Germans made do
with a battalion having about ten fewer tanks. They had better tanks,
but the U.S. had more, so eventually, the U.S. ground down the panzers.