M38 Wolfhound 6x6 Armored Car
The M38 Wolfhound was developed to replace the ubiquitous M8 Greyhound series but the end of the war signaled the end of the M38 endeavor.
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The M38 was intended as a replacement for the ubiquitous, go-anywhere, do-anything M8 Greyhound series of armored reconnaissance scout cars that gave sterling service for the Allied powers throughout World War 2. Scout cars, as battlefield implements, were lightly armored machines with equally light armament fittings, allowing them to reconnoiter territories ahead of the main force and utilize their speed to escape trouble. Such vehicles were armed with small-caliber machine guns and even cannon to deal with light threats but direct contact with enemy units was not usually in the best interest of the crew. The M38 was born in a 1944 initiative that looked to improve upon the Greyhound's inherent qualities and modernized the breed based on battlefield experience. The idea being to produce an end-product scout car with excellent off road and on road capabilities through the utilization of six powered road wheels and excellent range. Armament would again be more defensive-minded in nature for the simple purpose of self-preservation.
Design of the M38 was conventional and her most defining design characteristic were her three pairs of large rubber road wheels to a hull side. The chassis was mounted high off the ground to allow for maximum clearance over uneven terrain. Each wheel was held under a fender covering to control mud dispersal. The glacis plate was well sloped with the front of the vehicle coming to a sharp point to aid in basic ballistics deflection. A turret was fitted at the center hull roof to allow for unfettered, 360-degree traversal when engaging targets. Consistent with other vehicles of this type, armor for the M38 was relatively thin within the range of 6mm to 12mm, enough to provide some protection from small arms fire and battlefield "spray" from explosive projectiles landing nearby. The driver was seated in a position to the front left of the hull. Total operating crew was four personnel to include the driver, commander, gunner and loader. Operational weight was just under 7 tons with a running length of 5.11 meters, width of 2.44 meters and overall height of 1.98 meters.