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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:

An M8 headquarters armored car from the 15th Constabulary Squadron patrols along the West German border, October 1952.
M8 Greyhound armored car and other vehicles with officers and officials, War Bonds show, Fort Mason (San Francisco Port of Embarkation), CA, 11 October 1944.
Dutch, German and U.S. paratroopers joined a ceremony held with French townspeople in Graignes, south of Carentan, France, where US 82nd Airborne Division fought during the early morning hours of D-Day, 6 June 1944. About 100 paratroopers held off 2,000 Germans for 2 days. Some escaped with a few townspeople. Others were burned in the town church. A month later, on 9 July, US Soldiers liberated the town. The ceremony was held on the church grounds, 2 June 2012.  Vehicle is M-8 Greyhound scout car with trailer.
A Border Patrol roadblock on the American-Russian Zone line in the vicinity of Hof, Germany, early 1946. The checkered hut in the background is the Russian guard hut.  Vehicles of the 28th Constabulary Squadron include a machine gun equipped Willys MB (or Ford GPW) jeep and an M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Light Armored Car.
M8 Greyhound and infantry of the US First and Third Armies made contact at Houffalize, Belgium, 16 January 1945.
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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