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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

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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:

Mechanized cavalry during the drive to Rome, June 1944.  M5 Stuart light tank on right, M-8 Armored Car on left.
The primary vehicles used by the Constabulary force along the German border aftet WW II. From left to right: M8 armored car; M24 light tank (Chaffee); Willys 1/4-ton jeep. Overhead flys an L-5 Sentinel Observation aircraft. 1946.
An M4 Sherman medium tank with bulldozer attachment, clearing snow from a street in Colmar, Alsace, France, circa January 1945.  Jeep, halftrack, M8 Greyhound, other vehicles in background.
An M4 Sherman medium tank moves down a street in Brouvelieures, France, 29 October 1944.  An M-8 Armored Car appears to be behind the tank.
M8 Greyhound armored car, firing its 37mm main gun, Cassino area, Italy, 1944.
US Army M8 Greyhound Armored Car at the Arc de Triomphe soon after the liberation of Paris from Nazi control, August 1944.  CPT Bill Buenzle, Commander Troop A, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz) of the 102nd Cavalry Group. CPT Buenzle was from Roselle, NJ.

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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