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M8A1 (Stock)

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Totals
130000 Price
250 Hit Points
14.92 / 16.2 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
29/29/25Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
38/25/25Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
320 h.p.Engine Power
58 km/hSpeed Limit
35 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
175 Standard Shell Damage
38 mmStandard Shell Penetration
3.7 Time for Complete Loading
18 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
370 mView Range
325 mSignal Range
M8A1
IV
M8A1
130000
The vehicle was intended as a self-propelled infantry support gun on the basis of the M5 tank. The M8A1 variant featured a modified turret and upgraded armament. From September 1943 through January 1944 a total of 1778 vehicles were manufactured.

The M8A1 is very mobile, which, when combined with its good DPM, absolves the con of low armor. Once the crew reaches 100% in Camouflage, the M8A1 is difficult to detect. It's meant for support. A forward or close combat position, unless fully and well thought out, will result in a quick return to the garage. Although the 76 mm AT Gun M7 L/50 is a better money maker than the 57 mm, the 57 mm is superior in battle performance due to its greater penetration and higher DPM.

T47E1

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III M8A1 1200 38/25/25 18 370
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun III 75 mm AT Howitzer M3 138 38/91.4 175/110 16.22 0.53 1.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Twin Cadillac, Series 42 530 320 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III VVS T16 3000 16.2 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IV SCR 510 0 325

T47E2

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III M8A1 1200 38/25/25 18 370
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 75 mm AT Gun M3 L/37 1437 92/127/38 110/110/175 14.29 0.43 1.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Twin Cadillac, Series 42 530 320 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV T36 E6 3000 17.5 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IV SCR 510 0 325

M8A1(57)GMC

Defense

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV T87 1550 38/25/25 18 370
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 57 mm Gun M1 L/50 400 110/180/29 75/75/95 24 0.39 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Continental R-975-C1 500 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV T36 E6 3000 17.5 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI SCR 610 0 420

M8A1(76)GMC

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV T87 1550 38/25/25 18 370
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 76 mm AT Gun M7 L/50 1450 101/157/38 110/110/175 14.29 0.43 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Continental R-975-C1 500 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV T36 E6 3000 17.5 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X SCR 619 0 750

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Vertical Coil Springs 1 Class
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Case of Cola
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Turret
  • Good mobility
  • Good view range
  • Good signal range
  • Good penetration


Cons:


  • Open topped turret
  • Effectively 0 armor
  • Relatively low hull traverse speed


Performance

This little tank actually has quite a bit going for it. A turret, speed, small profile and an excellent gun. The 57mm gun is a good all rounder, making up for its slightly low alpha with a high rate of fire.

Speed, and a turret give this tank added flexibility, compared to similar tiered tank destroyers. Additionally, it can be quite difficult to spot, especially if you have the Camouflage skill and/or a camouflage net. Never attemptto use the "armor" this TD is jokingly equipped with. The M8A1 belongs in a supporting roll, whittling down opponents who don't know any better, or those that simply can't see you.

This tank in considered by many as a "pocket Hellcat" and looks and plays similarly to its tier 6 counterpart. Additionally, due to the high skill requirement (no armor to speak of while being very fast and stealthy and not possessing a giant gun), the M8A1 doesn't have the same reputation that a Hetzer does but is arguably a better TD for its tier, able to compete in any game it is placed in.


Early Research

  • The Continental R-975-C1 engine and the 57 mm Gun M1 L/50 carry over from the T82 and can be installed immediately.
  • Research the upgraded suspension first.
  • Next research the SCR 610 radio.
  • Go from there.


Historical Info

The 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8, sometimes known as the M8 Scott, was a self-propelled howitzer vehicle of the United States developed during the Second World War.

Development

It was developed on the chassis of the then-new Light Tank M5 (Stuart VI). The test vehicle had the standard M5 turret removed, and replaced with an open-topped turret, this vehicle was designated the T17E1 HMC. Armament consisted of a new open-topped turret armed with a 75 mm M2 howitzer, later an 75 mm M3 howitzer, which were reworks of the M1A1 pack howitzer. It carried 46 rounds of 75 mm ammunition; types of ammunition carried were Smoke M89 and H.E. (High Explosive) M48. It featured no coaxial or hull mounted Browning M1919A4 .30-06 machine guns as featured on standard Light Tank M5s. The only other armament was Browning M2HB .50-caliber machine gun for local area, and anti-aircraft defense; 400 rounds of .50-caliber were stowed onboard for the M2HB.

Production

The T17E1 HMC was ordered into production as the 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 in April 1942. Production ran from September 1942, to January 1944. A total of 1,778 vehicles were produced.

Combat Service

The M8 saw action in the Italian Campaign, the Western Front, and in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the war. It was used by the French Union and State of Vietnam during the First Indochina War. It was largely replaced by the adaption of the M4 Sherman to use the 105 mm howitzer.

Variants

  • 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8

Based on the Light Tank M5 chassis.

  • 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8A1
Based on the Light Tank M5A1 chassis. Some rearmed with the M3 75 mm gun.


Historical Gallery

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