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The M8 Greyhound was originally designed to replace the US military's portee
gun in an anti-tank role, but was quickly repurposed once it was realised that
its performance against German armour was lacking. It found use as a popular and
successful armoured car that served American and British armies well throughout
the war.

Its crew of four served a 37mm gun, a co-axial .30 cal, the more aggressive
crews adding a .50 cal on the roof for anti aircraft and local defence.

It was very fast - hence its British name of Greyhound - capable of
55mph on good roads, but was known to bog down in mud. Its armour was enough to
shrug off small arms fire, and these vehicles were best used in pairs to scout
out enemy lines, supporting each other in a leap-frog fashion on the advance or
covering a retreat.

Replacing the armoured turret for a fixed, open fighting compartment, the M20
scout car was used primarily as a command vehicle, Sacrificing the turrets main
gun in favour of extra radio capability, it also carried a portable Bazooka for
extra anti-armour firepower.

In contrast to many other nations the US developed just the one type of
chassis for the role of reconnaissance, destined originally for the tank
destroyer units it was eventually issue primarily to the cavalry squadrons.

In conjunction with the M8 the M20 utility car was also developed becoming a
command variant in many cases.

Appearing in late 1943 in Italy to a baptism by fire on the roads to Rome,
the cavalry squadrons gave the tactical commanders a unique unit offering a mix
of speed and firepower.

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