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    The U.S. military had requested a light close-support vehicle so a standard M5 with the
    turret removed was tested. A new open-top turret was installed, the Driver and Co-driver
    were moved forward to accommodate a larger turret and with limited space in the vehicle the
    chassis was modified to tow an armored ammunition trailer. The M8 was the first American
    fully tracked Self Propelled Howitzer with 1,778 vehicles being produced between
    September 1942 and January 1944. The M8 was gradually replaced by the M4 Sherman
    with 105mm Howitzers.


    M8 "USA 4051863-S" belonged to HQ, 67th Tank Battalion, 2nd Armored Division. The 2nd
    AD, known as “Hell On Wheels” typically used the M8 to support reconnaissance units,
    assault troops as well as combat teams. In Europe the 2nd AD fought in France, Belgium
    and Holland. They took part in the Battle of the Bulge, defeated the spearheads of the
    German 2nd and 9th Panzer Division and helped capture 300,000 prisons in the Ruhr
    pocket. In July 1945 the 2nd AD was the first U.S. division to enter Berlin.


    Specifications for the M8 Howitzer Motor Carriage

    Manufacturer – General Motors, Cadillac Motor Car Division

    Length of Production – September 1942 – January 1944

    Number produced – 1,778

    Crew – 4 x Commander, Gunner, Driver, Co-driver

    Performance
    Powerplant – 2 x Cadillac 5,670 cc V-8 gasoline engines each producing 110 bhp@4,000
    rpm
    Maximum Speed
    Cross Country – 24 mph
    On Road – 36 mph
    Distance Without Refueling – 100 miles
    Weight – 36,000 lbs
    Suspension – Vertical Volute

    Dimensions
    Length – 14 ft 2.75 ins
    Width – 7 ft 4.25 ins
    Height – 7 ft 6.5 ins