M8 Greyhound

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Light Armored Car M8
us_m8_greyhound.png
FIND ON MARKETPLACE
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.0/1.0/1.0BR
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
19 / 19 / 19Hull
15 / 9 / 5Turret
Mobility
7.9 tWeight
100 km/h forward
13 km/h back
90 km/h forward
12 km/h back
Speed
Armament
37 mm M6 cannonMain weapon
80 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
shoulderStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
400 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 40°Vertical guidance
1 500 roundsAmmunition
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png250/420/170Repair
150 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
× (75 + 100 Talisman.png) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage M8 Greyhound.jpg


The Light Armored Car M8 is a gift rank I American light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.73 "Vive la France" as part of a vehicle giveaway on War Thunder's 5th anniversary.

General info

Survivability and armour

The M8 Greyhound has next to no armour protection. Its armour can stop rifle-calibre machine gun fire, but nothing more. Even then, the vehicle's turret has an open roof and very thin armour on the sides and the rear, so it is still possible for a few unlucky machine gun bullets to find their way inside. The Greyhound also has hull-break, however, generally speaking, losing all your crew members is a greater concern especially given that most vehicles at its battle rating do not have very powerful cannons. In addition, the modules are lined up and the crew is close together when looking straight at the front of the vehicle. From the side, however, this is not the case - there is a small area behind the two crew members in the turret but in front of the fuel tank with no modules in it, and an even larger area of empty space between the turret crew and the driver/machine gunner. Thanks to the thin armour, it is very possible for rounds to over-penetrate and pass through without dealing significant damage. The vehicles size, or lack thereof, should also be taken into account. The M8 Greyhound is very small and short, making it easy to exploit hiding spots and hills for protection. It can stay out of sight and use stealth to its advantage with little trouble. The .50 calibre machine gun on the roof is raised up, but there are no critical modules surrounding it and it is relatively small so it can be used to shoot over obstacles without risking damage to the armoured car. While the raw armour and protection on the M8 Greyhound is lacking, where it shines is in its ability to hide and use its good top speed to get around quickly and avoid being hit.

Mobility

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Game Mode Mobility characteristics Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Max Speed Weight AoA Weight Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 101 7.9 N/A 129 ____ 16.33 __.__
Realistic 90 97 110 12.28 13.92

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M6 (37 mm)
37 mm M6 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 80 -10°/+20° ±180° Vertical 19.0 __._ __._ __._ __._ 3.7 __.__ __.__ 2.9
Realistic 11.0 __._ __._ __._ 20.00

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M51B1/B2 APCBC 87 84 73 60 50 41
M63 shell HE 3 3 3 3 3 3
M74B1 AP 78 76 65 54 45 37
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M51B1/B2 APCBC 883 0.87 N/A N/A N/A +4.0° 48° 63° 71°
M63 shell HE 807 0.73 0.1 0.5 38 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°
M74B1 AP 883 0.87 N/A N/A N/A -1.0° 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
80 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Optics

M8 Greyhound Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X1.9 X3.5
Comparable optics ___

Machine guns

12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Commander pintle 400 (200) 576 -10°/+40° ±180°
7.62 mm M1919A4
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Coaxial 1,500 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tires Parts Horizontal Drive M51B1/B2
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support
  • As a gift vehicle, the M8 Greyhound's modifications are automatically unlocked upon purchase of the vehicle.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Roof mounted .50 calibre machine gun can easily damage plenty of tanks at its tier and is useful against planes
  • Roof mounted machine gun can traverse 360 degrees, unlike most roof mounted MGs
  • Very fast on-road speed
  • Fast turret traverse speed
  • Fast reload speed
  • High penetration for its tier
  • Enemy rounds can over-penetrate without dealing much damage due to low armour

Cons:

  • No tracks, cannot turn in place
  • Lacklustre off-road mobility compared to tracked vehicles
  • Wide turning radius, can make manoeuvring difficult
  • Low armour and open turret roof
  • Crew and modules are packed close together from a front perspective

History

The M8 replaced the M3A1 Scout Car and M2 Halftrack as the main armoured vehicle of the US mechanized cavalry starting in late 1943. 8,500 were built. The vehicle's lightweight and 6x6 drive gave it excellent speed and cross-country mobility. It was well-liked by the crews but was still thin-skinned and under-gunned when compared to the opposition.

Media

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See also

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