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Yeah it's ambush time!
- Greyhound, moving into position

The M8 'Greyhound' Armored Car (in-game: Greyhound) is a 6x6 recon vehicle originally designed to replace the outdated M6 37mm Gun Motor Carriage as the USMC's primary tank destroyer. It was rapidly determined that the M8 would be insufficient for this task, and was delegated to the role of Armored Reconnaissance instead. Its 37mm cannon and .30-caliber machine guns, combined with its 15mm 'glacis'-style armor make it a much tougher than its smaller counterpart, the Willys.

But, as the United States military discovered, the Greyhound is not well-suited for going toe-to-toe with enemy armor, though attacking from concealment may level the odds against some of the weaker light tanks. However, compared to the Willys, it is very expensive, at $25. In many cases, it would be better to field the Willys at only $5, and save the money for some other units.

History

In July of 1941, the United States Ordnance Department initiated a development of a new fast tank destroyer to replace the M6 37 mm Gun Motor Carriage, which was more or less just a three-quarter ton truck with a 37 mm gun mounted on the bed. The criteria for its replacement was: a 6x4 wheeled vehicle armed with a 37 mm gun, a coaxial machine gun mounted in a turret, and a machine gun in the front hull. Its glacis-style armor was meant to withstand fire from a .50-caliber machine gun and its side armor to endure a .30-caliber machine gun. Prototypes for the replacement vehicle were submitted by Studebaker (designated T21), Ford (T22) and Chrysler (T23), all of them similar in design and appearance.

In April 1942, the Ordnance Department decided on Ford's 'T22' design, despite complaints about its deficiencies, due to the need for vehicles. By then, it had become clear that the 37mm gun would not be enough to penetrate the front armor of German tanks; so the new armored car, designated M8 Light Armored Car, took on the reconnaissance role instead. Minor improvements and contractual issues delayed production until 1943, and production ceased in 1945; during that time, a total of 8,543 units were produced, not counting the M20 Utility Car variant.

The British turned down the opportunity to use the M8 through the U.S. Lend-Lease program in 1942, electing to use its own Daimler Mk.1 and Coventry Mk.2 armored recon vehicles.

Pros & Cons

+It's one of the fastest ground recons, and the fasted armed recon.

+/-It often slams into AT-guns rather than stop in time due to the high speed, but it also falls back faster.

-It's expensive and has the same firepower as your average armed recon.

-Although it has the same gun as the Stuard light tank, it has no HE ammo.

Weapons

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AP Shells
75 15 9 6 4 3 250 m
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.30-Caliber MG
21 21 250 m

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