|14.92 / 16.2 kg중량|
|29/29/25차체 장갑(정면/측면/후면, mm)|
|38/25/25포탑 장갑(정면/측면/후면, mm)|
|320 마력엔진 출력|
|58 km/h최대 속력|
|35 도/초회전 속도|
|175 기본 포탄 공격력|
|38 mm기본 포탄 관통력|
|3.7 클립 재장전 시간|
|18 도/초포탑 회전 속도|
|370 m관측 범위|
|325 m통신 범위|
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.
Pros and Cons
- Good mobility
- Good view range
- Good signal range
- Good penetration
- Open topped turret
- Effectively 0 armor
- Relatively low hull traverse speed
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8
Based on the Light Tank M5 chassis.
- 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8A1
Sources and External Links
Chamberlain, P. and C. Ellis, 2000, British and American Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks 1939-1945, Cassel Reprint, London, 224p, ISBN:9780304355297.
Forty, G., 2007, The World Encyclopedia of Tanks & Armoured Fighting Vehicles - An Illustrated History Of The World's Most Important Tanks and AFVs From The Beginning Of The 20th Century To The Present Day, Anness Press, London, ISBN:9780754817413.
Zaloga, S.J., 2005, US Anti-tank Artillery 1941–45, New Vanguard Series 107, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 48p, ISBN:9781841766904.
- M8 Howitzer Motor Carriage Photos & history.