M38 Wolfhound

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M38 Wolfhound
Chevrolet M38 Wolfhound Armored Car.jpg
Type Armored car
Place of origin United States
Specifications
Weight 6.9 t (6.8 long tons; 7.6 short tons)
Length 5.11 m (16 ft 9 in)
Width 2.44 m (8 ft 0 in)
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Crew 4

Armor 6 to 12 mm
Main
armament
37 mm M6
Secondary
armament
.30 caliber Browning M1919A4 machine gun
.50 caliber (12.7 mm) Browning M2 machine gun
Engine Cadillac 42, V-8, gasoline[1]
148/110 hp (110/82 kW)
Power/weight 19.3/14.3 hp/tonne
Suspension wheels, 6×6
Operational
range
483 km (300 mi)
Speed 97 km/h (60 mph)

The M38 Wolfhound was a 6×6 US armored car produced in 1944 by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. It was designed as a replacement for the M8 Greyhound series, but the end of the war in 1945 led to the cancellation of the project after the completion of a handful of prototype vehicles.

Specifications[edit]

M38 fitted with a turret from the M24 Chaffee.

The Wolfhound had a crew of four and was armed with a 37 mm gun in a rotating open-topped turret, with an ammunition load of 93 rounds. Its secondary armament consisted of two machine guns; one mounted co-axially with the main weapon, the other on an AA pintle mounting. It was powered by a Cadillac, eight-cylinder, water-cooled engine. Each side featured three large tires on symmetrically placed axles, with distinctive curved mudguards. The frontal glacis plate was sharply sloped to improve protection. A radio antenna was mounted on the front right of the glacis.

Development history[edit]

One M38 was modified to take the turret of an M24 Chaffee tank and went through a series of tests to check a possibility of upgunning the vehicle. The layout of the M38 had similarities with the Alvis Saladin, a post-war British armored car, but there was no link between them.[2]

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References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ Davis (2012), p. 94.
  2. ^ Icks. US Armoured Cars

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