Monday, March 10, 2008


On Parade in Paris

The M8 armored car, called the Greyhound by the Brits, drives down the Champs Elysee in Paris during the big August 26, 1944 parade to celebrate the liberation. Lightly armored (no more than 19mm) but relatively fast, 55 mph, the M8 saw a lot of action both in Europe and the Far East. It had 6 wheels, a 37mm main gun in the turret, with a M 1918 Browning machine gun co-axially and a M2 .50 on a semi-useful ring mount on top the turret. In the East, it could go head to head with Japanese tanks. Its performance off road was marginal to OK. No person I've ever read has praised it highly. It had all the problems of a tank with none of the protection.
It looks a little cramped to me.


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