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.

As part of American mechanized cavalry squadron equipment there were six M8 HMC assigned.
The armored division’s reconnaissance squadron Assault Gun Troop was equipped with eight
M8 HMCs. Even though these units were designated Assault the M8 HMC was far from an
assault weapon. The open top of the vehicle made the crew vulnerable to snipers, the armor was
quite light and the 75mm wasn’t powerful enough to be a tank destroyer. It was used for direct
and/or indirect fire power supporting ground troops.

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

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

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

Main Gun - 1 x 75 mm M2 Howitzer with 46 rounds on board and 93 in towed armored
ammunition trailer
Secondary – 1 x Browning M2HB .50 caliber MG with 400 rounds

Armor Thickness
Maximum – 67 mm
Minimum – 12 mm
Authentic Detailing
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
Die-Cast Model
True to Scale (1:72)
Metal turret and main gun
Realistic tracks
Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
US Army, European Theatre, WWII
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