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The vehicle was intended as a self-propelled infantry support gun on the basis of the M5 tank. The M8A1 variant featured a modified turret and upgraded armament. From September 1943 through January 1944 a total of 1778 vehicles were manufactured.
Although the M8A1 has a slow turret traverse speed, it is relatively mobile, with good acceleration and an excellent top speed. It begins with a fun, but ineffective, howitzer. The M8A1's armor is thin, and can occasionally bounce shells from lower-tier tanks. However, shots that do not bounce will almost always penetrate. Use the M8A1's turret, and excellent accuracy of the 57 mm, to your advantage. Once the crew reaches 100% in Camouflage, the M8A1 is difficult to detect. Just remember, the M8A1 is not built for close combat. Assist allies by providing support when the enemy is distracted with a more intimidating target. By the time the enemy realizes you are assisting your ally, he will most likely be dead. Also, keep in mind that the M8A1's repair and ammunition costs are high, meaning you may lose credits after a bad battle. Although the 76 mm AT Gun M7 L/50 is a better money maker than the 57 mm, the 57 mm is superior due to its greater penetration and higher DPM.
The M8A1 leads to the T49.
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Pros and Cons
- Has a turret
- Very fast top speed
- Good Acceleration
- Excellent view range
- Good traverse speed
- Good damage
- Good penetration
- Very fast rate of fire
- Good gun depression/elevation
- Excellent signal range
- Open turret is vulnerable to HE shells
- Low armor
This little tank actually has quite a bit going for it. A turret, speed, small profile and an excellent gun. The 57mm is well suited to most battles, its 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 - that said, the 75mm gun L/50 is usually not encouraged to use on this tank, having lower accuracy and penetration, but when penetration isn't an issue (tier 4 games) the L/50 might be worth using for the alpha damage.
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 - especially when shot from the sides. Again, the main point to remember about this tank is "out of sight, out of mind", most tanks can kill you in one or two shots. You need to keep distance between you and the enemy. Be aware that you will rarely get large amounts of kills playing a sniper/support tank. However, played correctly, this tank can really lay on the damage to the enemy team.
This tank in considered by many as a "pocket Hellcat" and looks and plays similar to its tier 6 counterpart. Additionally, due to the high skill requirement (no armor to speak of while being very fast and stealthy and not possessing a giant gun), the M8A1 doesn't have the same reputation that a Hetzer does but is arguably a better TD for its tier, able to compete in any game it is placed in. The M8A1 is also a quite good scout, having an excellent view range for its tier while also being fast and easy to conceal.
- 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
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- M8 Howitzer Motor Carriage Photos & history.