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The M8 first saw action in Italy in 1943 and was used by the US Army both in Europe and in the Far East. In the latter theater it was occasionally employed in its original tank destroyer role as most of the Japanese armor was vulnerable to its 37 mm gun. Over 1000 were supplied via lend-lease channels to Britain, France and Brazil. The vehicle was considered fast, sufficiently reliable (after some technical problems were solved) and armed and armored well enough for reconnaissance missions. However cavalry units criticized its off-road performance. In the mountainous terrain of Italy and in the deep mud and snow of North European winter the Greyhound was more or less restricted to roads, which reduced its value as a reconnaissance vehicle. It was also vulnerable to landmines. The British sometimes placed sandbags on the floor inside to make up for the lack of armour underneath. Another problem was that commanders often used their reconnaissance squadrons for fire support missions, for which the thinly armored M8 was ill-suited.
US Army started to look for a replacement for the Greyhound as early as in 1943. Two prototypes, Studebaker T27 and Chevrolet T28 were finished in summer 1944. Both were found superior to the M8, but it was decided that at this stage of the war there is no more need for a new armored car.
After the war, the M8 was used for the occupation duty, saw combat in the Korean War and was retired by the US Army shortly thereafter. A number of Greyhounds were given to the US Police and served there until 1990s. France continued to use the M8 until the First Indochina War. Many vehicles formerly used by the US, Britain and France were exported to NATO allies and third world countries. As of 2002, some still remain in service in Africa and South America.
Height: 7.5 feet
Width: 8.3 feet
Length: 15.7 feet
Weight: 8.2 tons
Combat radius (how far one can go on a tank of gasoline): 250 miles (road)
Front: .625 inches
Side: .375 inches
Turret Front: .875 inches
Turret Side: .75 inches
Maximum Speed: 55 mph (road)
Main Gun: 37mm M6 Muzzle velocity: 2,900 feet per second
Coaxial MG: .30-caliber
Anti-aircraft Machine Gun: .50-caliber
Sources: WIKIPEDIA The free encyclopedia ,www.perthmilitarymodelling.com