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M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Light Armored Car

The Car, Armored, Light, 6x6 M8 (called the Greyhound by the British) was equipped with a 37mm main gun plus two machine guns: one .30 cal. mounted coaxially with the main gun plus one .50 cal. anti-aircraft gun mounted on the turret. The M-8 Greyhound was produced in Ford's plant in St. Paul, MN from July 1943 to June 1945, with a production total of about 8,500 vehicles.

The side racks on the M8, between the front and rear wheels, originally held land mines, three on each side. The land mine racks were later replaced with enclosed storage boxes.

The M8 was closely related to the open-top M20 Armored Utility Car, also produced by Ford.

M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Light Armored Car
M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Light Armored Car

Today in WW II: 26 Nov 1942 Battle of Brisbane: American and Australian soldiers fight in Brisbane, Australia with multiple fatalities [26-27 Nov].   

M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Armored Car (G-136)

Crew4
Weight17,500 lbs.
Height7 ft, 4.5 in. (including MG)
Width8 ft, 4 in.
Length16 ft, 5 in.
EngineHercules JXD 6 cyl, gasoline
Horsepower86
Transmission4 fwd speeds, 1 rev
Transfer case2 speed
Road Speed56 mph.
Range300–350 mi.
Fording depth2 ft, 8 in.

Manuals for the M-8 Armored Car (and in common with the G-176 M20) include:

  • TM 9-743 Operation and Maintenance. Light Armored Car M8 (10 March 1943)
  • TM 9-1743 Power Train, Suspension, Hull, and Turret Rebuild and Overhaul (October 1943)
  • TM 9-1832A Hercules Engines, Series JX Models A, C, D, E-3, F
  • Preliminary Service Parts Catalog for Car, Armored, Light, M8 (June 1943)
  • ORD 7 SNL G-176 Organizational Maintenance Parts List (January 1952)
  • ORD 8 SNL G-136 Field / Depot Maintenance Allowances (Parts) for M8 (G-136) & M20 (G-176) (March 1952)
  • ORD 9 SNL G-136 Parts listing

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Armored Car at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

An M-8 Armored Car in the street as soldiers clean their mess gear, St. Marie-du-Mont, France, 12 June 1944.
Two M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Light Armored Cars of the 92nd Cavalry Reconnaissance squadron Mechanized, 12th Armored Division, along with an M3A1 halftrack, at a captured bunker along the Maginot Line, near Guising, France, 13 December 1944.
M8 Greyhound armored car, firing its 37mm main gun, Cassino area, Italy, 1944.
An armored column led by two M8 Greyhound light armored cars stops for a few minutes during its advance to Avranches, France, circa July 1944.  A halftrack follows.
M8 Greyhound Armored Car, built by Ford, 16 January 1945.  On the 15th, men of the 101st Airborne Division entered Noville, five miles south of Houffalize.  Early the next morning, the 11th Armored Division seized high ground along the highway immediately south of Houffalize. Southwest of the town, a patrol commanded by MAJ Joseph M. L. Greene met a patrol from the 2d Armored Division of the First Army's VII Corps.
M8 Greyhound Armored Car of Troop C, 113th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, driving through Belgium toward the border of the Netherlands, 30 September 1944.

M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Armored Car Photo Gallery

M8 armored cars of the 28th Constabulary Squadron, Germany, February 1952
M8 armored cars of the 28th Constabulary Squadron, Germany, February 1952.

M-8 Armored Car. Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Greville
M-8 Armored Car. Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Greville.

M-8 Armored Car.  Photo: Courtesy of John Buckley
M8 Armored Car. Photo: Courtesy of John Buckley.

Spc. Clinton Meek, Restoration Supervisor for the 3/3 ACR I Troop Cavalry Museum, checking out the engine of an M-8 Armored car on display at Ft. Carson, CO, 8 January 1998
Spc. Clinton Meek, Restoration Supervisor for the 3/3 ACR I Troop Cavalry Museum, checking out the engine of an M-8 Armored car on display at Ft. Carson, CO, 8 January 1998.

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