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The vehicle was intended as a self-propelled infantry support gun on the basis of the M5 tank. Produced by the Cadillac Car Division, with a total of 1778 vehicles manufactured from September 1943 through January of 1944.
Although its acceleration and traverse speed are less than optimal, it has excellent top speed. It has a slow turret traverse speed, which is the balance implemented for having a turret. It begins with a fun, but rather ineffective howitzer. The frontal armor is sloped with 39mm and 29mm armor; not as thick as its German counterparts, but more than its Soviet counterparts. It can bounce the shells from lower-tier tanks, but don't rely on it, and use the turret to your advantage. Once all of the crew reach 100% in Camouflage, this can be one of the hardest TDs to detect. Just remember this is a tank destroyer and not a combat tank. Also, the cost to repair this tank is very high, as is the cost of ammunition, meaning every time you lose a battle you may very well be losing 500-1,000 credits until you get the 76 mm AT Gun M7 L/50, which is a much better money making gun.
The M8A1 leads to the T49.
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Pros and Cons
- Has a turret
- Good top speed
- Good traverse speed
- Good damage
- Good elevation arc
- Good view range
- Excellent signal range
- Poor turret traverse speed
This little tank actually has quite a bit going for it. A turret, speed, and a rather diverse selection of guns to suit your particular play style. The 57mm is well suited to most battles, it's superior penetration, and low ammunition cost excel in "getting on the board" what's more is because compared to some of the tanks you'll be allied with, you may be ignored in favor of stronger and scarier opponents; good for you, bad for your enemies.
Speed, and a turret give this tank added flexibility, combared to similar tier'd tank destroyers. Additionally it can be quite difficult to spot, especially if you have a properly trained crew. One salient point to remember about this tank is that while it has some armour, it simply isn't reliable; so don't depend on it. The M8A1 belongs in a supporting roll, whittling down opponents who don't know any better, or those that simply can't see you.
The 57mm is especially well suited to this tank, simply because it makes you appear weaker than you are. The penetration coupled with the fast reload rate of the 57 is phenomenal, which can result in easily 4-5 shots on an opponent before they realize how much damage you've dealt. 80 - 90 damage per shot really adds up quickly, even on tier 6 tanks. Again, the main point to remember about this tank is "out of sight, out of mind", KV-1S's will 1 shot you, as will most other KV's espeically those equiped with "derp" guns; so steer clear or make sure you have some support.
- 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