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M8 Greyhound Light Armored Car


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Country of Origin/Used by: USA/Most Allied Armies During WWII.  Also, Post War with many countries including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, & Mexico.
First Produced/Service Dates: 1943-1945
Manufactured by: Ford Motor Company
Crew: 4
Armament: Main: 37mm Cannon; Co-Axial: .30 cal.; Secondary: .50 cal HMG on Pintle Mount or on M49 Ring Mount
Engine: 6 Cylinder
Miscellaneous Info: On same chassis as the M20 Armored Utility Car.  Also, Brazil's 4x4 M8 Brasileiro CRR is a post-war modified M8 Greyhound.
Data Sheet Available: None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M8 Greyhound Photos (Photo Credit: U.S. Army & US Signal Corps) David Haugh - Content Editor
M8 Greyhound Photos (from Patton Museum and Beltring UK) Erik Johansen - South Shields, Tyne & Wear UK
M8 Greyhound Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
M8 Greyhound Photos (Photographed at the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum - Huntsville, Alabama USA) Patrick Keenan
M8 Greyhound Photos [Marked as a US Constabulary Army Vehicle (1946-1952)] - Displayed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky USA Patrick Keenan
M8 Greyhound Photos (Photos taken at Patton Museum, Ft. Knox and I-355 "Veteran's Highway" Dedication Ceremony) Sean Lynch - AMPS Chicagoland
M8 Greyhound Photos Michael Riedeman - Maryland, USA
M8 Greyhound Photos William Testaert - Brussels, Belgium
M8 Greyhound Photos (from 2005 Beltring UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
M8 Greyhound Photos (Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge
  M8 Greyhound (Photo taken at The Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Dennis Trowbridge
  Brazilian M8 Greyhound with Mercedes-Benz Diesel Engine EE Engesa via David Haugh
  Canadian M8 Greyhound (Brigadier Rockingham's Command vehicle: Korea War Era) Canadian Public Archives via Kevin Ingraham - Binghamton, New York USA
Canadian M8 Greyhound Photos Patrick Keenan
   Colombian M8 Greyhound "Escarabajo" Photos with M45/M55 Quad .50 cal Turret Douglas Cornejo - San Salvador, El Salvado via Julio Montes - California, USA
Columbian M8 Escarabajo ("Beetle") Anti-Riot Vehicle Photos (Heaviiy Modified M8 Greyhound) Julio Montes - California USA
  French M8 Greyhound Photo (Algeria - 1950's) German Bundesarchiv
      German (Captured) M8 Greyhound Photos Dave Haugh
  German (Captured) M8 Greyhound Photo German Bundesarchiv
   Guatemalan M8 Greyhound Photos Fernando Diaz via Julio Montes - California USA
Guatemalan M8 Greyhound

The Guatemalan M8 Greyhounds exchanged their gasoline engines to Detroit diesel 4-53N V4 rated at 140hp at 2,800 RPM, matched to Allison AT545 transmission. Their 37mm cannons continued to be used until the end, although there was a plan to replace the turret with an Oerlikon-Contraves model.

Julio Montes
Guatemalan M8 Greyhound Oscar Valladares - Guatemala
  Mexican M8 Greyhound Modificado

Local industry upgraded the vehicle with a package developed by Napco International.  Some 40 M8 were upgraded, replacing the original gasoline engine with a Detroit diesel 4-53N V4 rated at 140hp at 2,800 RPM, matched to Allison AT545 transmission.  They also streamlined the vehicle hull and re-arranged the interior to improve combat readiness and crew comfort. The original 37mm M6 gun was replaced by an Oerlikon 20mm AKAN MK46 cannon with a 7.62mm machine gun mounted co-axially.  The cannons were later replaced once more for South African F2 models.  This 20mm gun fires high speed ammunition (1100 m/s) at a 740 rpm.
Julio Montes

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"British Armored Car Production Figures - 1945" Peter Brown
"British Armored Cars in the Middle East, Late 1942" Peter Brown (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal - Issue #33) Peter Brown
  War Department Field Manual FM 2-6 "Crew Drill, Light Armored Car M8" US Government Printing Office via David Haugh - Content Editor
"French Armored Cars: 1902-1945" (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal - Issue #22) Raymond Surlemont
M8 Greyhound Information and Photos Roberts Armory.Com Website
M8 Greyhound Photos IPMS/USA Silicon Valley Scale Modelers Website
Photos of the West German Police (Bundesgrenzschutz) (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal - Issue #29) Andreas Hanke

Printed

Reference Author
American Armored Fighting Vehicles - World War Two AFV Plans George Bradford
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Captured Armored Cars and Other Vehicles In Wehrmacht Service in World War 2 Werner Regenberg
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert Icks
Light Armoured Car M8 & Armoured Utility Car M20 (#MV-08: Military Vehicle Workshop Series) Allied Command Productions
Mexican and Central American Armor (Darlington Productions) Julio Montes
M8/M20 Armored Cars Walk Around -Available in Soft and Hard Cover Format(Squadron/Signal Productions) Jim Mesko
"M8 Greyhound" (October 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) John Blackman
M8 Greyhound Armored Car (1941-1991) Osprey Publications
M8 Greyhound /M20 Utility Vehicle Technical Manual (TM 9-743) CD-ROM

Review by Patrick Keenan

Easy 1 Productions
U.S. Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #40 Robert J. Icks
U.S. Armored Cars in Action Jim Mesko
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon
U.S. WW II M8/M20 Armored Cars (Technical Manual Series - 6021) Tankograd Publishing

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Monogram 1/32 Out of Production; Good Starter Kit
M8 Greyhound Model Kit ADV/Azimut 1/35 Resin
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic;
M8 Greyhound Model Kit

Hyperlink to AMPS-Central Virginia "Group Build" Article

Tamiya (Newer Tooled) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Best Greyhound kit out there.
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Tamiya (Old Production from late 1960's- Early 1970's) 1/35 Plastic.  Out of Production-Collector's Kit; Toy-like and Motorized
M8 Greyhound Model Kit

Review by George Bradford

Kengi Conversions 1/48 Resin
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit (32551)

Kit Review by Patrick Keenan

Tamiya 1/48 Plastic.
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Extra Tech Accessories 1/72 Resin?
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Italeri 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M8 Greyhound Detail Set (35072) Aber Accessories 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8/M20 Fenders Aber Accessories 1/35  
M8/M20 Stowage Boxes Aber Accessories 1/35  
37 mm M6 US Barrel Aber Accessories 1/72  
M8 Light Armored Car Instruments and Placard set (AR35312) Archer Fine Transfers 1/35 Decals; Could possibly work for M20 Utility Vehicle.
M8 Greyhound Road Wheels with Chains (R35-080) Armorscale 1/35 Resin.  For any 1/35 Greyhound?
M8/M20 Wheels Calibre 72 1/72  
"M8's Around The World" Markings (DM-029) Decalomaniacs 1/35 Decals
M8 Greyhound Detail Set (35200) Eduard Accessories 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8 Greyhound Detail Set (35218) Eduard Accessories 1/35 For Italeri Kit
M-8 Greyhound Detail Set (22077) Eduard Accessories 1/72 For Italeri Kit
M-8 Greyhound Interior & Exterior Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
M-8 Greyhound Exterior Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
M-8 Greyhound Wheel Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
M-8 Greyhound Snow-Chained Wheel Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
Spanish M8, M20 and C15 'Trumphy' Markings (FCM35215) FC Model Trend 1/35 Decals.
M8/M20 Engine Compartment Jaguar 1/35  
M8 Wheels with Snow Chains Jaguar 1/35 Should work with M20
37mm M6 Gun Barrel Jordi Rubio Accessories 1/35 Turned Aluminum
M8 Greyhound Stowage Set (LF1275) Legend Productions 1/35 Resin.
M8/M20 Wheel Set Masters Productions 1/35 Resin Replacement for Kit Parts
M8/M20 Glacis Plate with Winter Wheel Chains Masters Productions 1/35 Resin Replacement for Kit Parts
Tow Cable for M3, M5, M8 & M20 Minimeca 1/35  
M8/M20 Armored Car Tire Chain Set (AVM35018)   Minor Model 1/24 Photo Etched Brass.
M8/M20 Chained Wheel Set (MT72043) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin
M8 Greyhound (Guatemala Set) MR Model 1/35  
M6 37mm Gun Barrel (G35-040) Orange Hobby 1/35 Brass
M8 Greyhound Deep Wading Kit Ordnance Models 1/35 White Metal
Complete Engine Snow chained Wheels & Details for M8/M20 Real Models 1/35  
M8/M20 Workable Front Steering Set Resicast 1/35  
M8 & M20 Fenders Royal Model 1/35  
US M8 Greyhound Update Set Royal Model 1/35 Resin and Brass
"Congo Crisis #1" Decal Sheet (35-984) Star Decals (was Bison Models) 1/35 Decals; (covering Swedish UN M8 Armored Cars & M3A1 Scout Cars).
M8 Greyhound Deep Wading Kit (TWMA009) Tank Workshop 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8 Greyhound Deep Wading Kit (TWMA034) Tank Workshop 1/35 Will work for M20
M8 Greyhound Tires with Snow Chains Tank Workshop 1/35  
M8 Greyhound Armor Set Tank Workshop 1/35  
M8 Cargo Rack Tank Workshop 1/35  
"Captured & Non-Standard Vehicles in Polish service" (35D32) Toro Model 1/35 Decals. Markings for AB41 Armored Car, M8 Greyhound and possibly the Kubelwagen & Schwimmwagen.
"Captured & Non-Standard Vehicles in Polish service" (48D15) Toro Model 1/48 Decals. Markings for AB41 Armored Car, M8 Greyhound, Kubelwagen & Schwimmwagen.
M8/M20 Engine & Compartment (VP1442) Verlinden Productions 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8 Interior & Exterior Detail Set (VP1453) Verlinden Productions 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8/M20 Stowage Compartments (VP1455) Verlinden Productions 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8/M20 Wheels Verlinden Productions 1/35  

Model Photos

Model Kit Source/Provider
M8 Greyhound Armored Car (1/35 Tamiya) Model Kit Photos Chuck Aleshire - Shorewood, IL
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) Steve Allen - Monticello, Iowa USA
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) Frank Blanton - Richmond, Virginia USA
M8 Greyhound (Canadian General Rockingham's Converted Command Vehicle) Model Photos Steve Guthrie - Peterborough, ONT Canada
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) John Staehle - Deming, New Mexico USA
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Photos (1/35 Tamiya) Dave Williams - UK (Owner/Editor of Dave's Tank Workshop Website)