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M8 Greyhound - French Army, Bonne Nouvelle II, Germany, 1945 

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Corgi CS90640
M8 Greyhound - French Army, Bonne Nouvelle II, Germany, 1945
Scale:
N/A
Length:
3"
Width:
1.5"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
CG-CS90640
Period:
World War II


Historical Note:

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Originally conceived as a fast and mobile tank killer, the M8 Greyhound armoured car was not built to withstand the punishment it would receive at the hands of Germany's main battle tanks and was therefore used more for reconnaissance patrols and armoured escort duties. Open turret variants of the Greyhound afforded their commander's an exceptional view of the battlefield, although this feature was understandably less popular during poor weather conditions. Amazingly, one M8 is reported to have destroyed a mighty German King Tiger in December 1944, sneaking up behind it and firing three rounds into its engine before the Tiger's turret could traverse round. Designed to fill a need for a fast tank destroyer to replace the M6 37mm Gun Motor Carriage, the M8 Greyhound entered production in March 1943. Used by US and British troops, the M8 had a 37mm M6 gun and a Browning machine gun mounted in an open-topped turret. It was fast and reliable but had poor off-road performance, which meant it was severely limited in muddy and snowy conditions such as those in Northern Europe. When facing German armored vehicles the M8 was formidable but vulnerable-its guns could easily penetrate German armor, but its own thin armor wasn't enough to stop German 20mm autocannons.

Info: Corgi Showcase M8 Greyhound - French Army, Bonne Nouvelle II, Germany, 1945


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