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1942-44 U.S.A. M8 Howitzer Motor Carriage

Armament:          1 - 75mm M2 howitzer
                             1 -0.05" MG
Armor:                 10mm - 28mm
Engine:                Twin CadillacV-8, gas, total 220hp
Speed:                35mph
Range:                130 miles
Crew:                   4
Weight:                17.2 tons

A 75mm pack howitzer was mounted in an open-top turret with 360 traverse onto the turret ring of the M5 Light Tank. It was widely used in Europe and the Pacific. Used as a close support vehicle by Headquarters Co. attached to armored battalions. Had a poor capacity for ammo; therefore, it sometimes towed an ammo trailer. Crew protection was minimal. A total of 1,778 were built. Saw action to the end of WWII.

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