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== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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The M8 Greyhound has next to no armour protection. Its armor can stop rifle-caliber 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 caliber 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.
 
 
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=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
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* Fast reload speed  
 
* Fast reload speed  
 
* High penetration for its tier  
 
* High penetration for its tier  
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* Enemy rounds can over-penetrate without dealing much damage due to low armour
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Lackluster off-road mobility compared to tracked vehicles
 
* Lackluster off-road mobility compared to tracked vehicles
 
* Wide turning radius, can make maneuvering difficult
 
* Wide turning radius, can make maneuvering difficult
* Low armor and open turret roof
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* Low armour and open turret roof
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* Crew and modules are packed close together from a front perspective
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Revision as of 02:00, 7 November 2019

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
80 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
19 / 19 / 19Hull
15 / 9 / 5Turret
Mobility
7.9 tWeight
210 hp110 hpEngine power
27 hp/t14 hp/tSurface density
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
2.9 / 3.7 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
shoulderStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
400 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 40°Vertical guidance
1 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png230/370/160Repair
150 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
75 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png10 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png10 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage M8 Greyhound.jpg


The Light Armored Car M8 is a 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 armor can stop rifle-caliber 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 caliber 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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Armaments

Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in battles

General Gameplay

Realistic Battles

General Tactics

Specific Enemies Worth Noting

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 caliber 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
  • Lackluster off-road mobility compared to tracked vehicles
  • Wide turning radius, can make maneuvering 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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  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
  • other literature.


USA light tanks
  LVT(A)(1) · M8 · M22 · M24 · M24 (TL) · T18E2
M2  M2A2 · M2A4 · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.)
Stuart  M3 Stuart · M3A1 Stuart · M3A1 (USMC) · M5A1 · M5A1 (5th arm.div.)
Post-war  M41A1 · T92 · M551 · M3 Bradley

USA premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.) · M3A1 (USMC) · M8 · M5A1 (5th arm.div.) · T18E2
Medium tanks  Grant I · M4A5 · Calliope · T20 · M26 T99 · M26E1 · M46 "Tiger" · Magach 3 · XM-1 (GM) · XM-1 (Chrysler) · T54E1
Heavy tanks  T14 · Cobra King · T29 · T30
Tank destroyers  M8A1 · M18 "Black Cat" · Super Hellcat · T28 · T114