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6x6 Wheeled Armored Car (1942)


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The Ford T17 Deerhound lost out to the Chevrolet T17E1 Staghound for combat service during World War 2.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/28/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The T17 "Deerhound" from Ford Motor Company competed unsuccessfully against the Chevrolet designed-and-developed T17E1 "Staghound". Both were medium-class armored cars intended for service with United States Army forces of World War 2 (1939-1945) and mounted the same Rock Island Arsenal turret fitting the 37mm M6 series main gun as primary armament. The Ford design utilized a 6x6 wheeled approach while the Chevrolet submission made use of a 4x4 wheeled arrangement. In the end, the T17E1 was selected for service but it was in British hands that it made its impact during the war. The U.S. Army ended up moving on the classic M8 "Greyhound" series while thousands of T17E1 Staghounds were shipped overseas and even found renewed service lives during the post-war years.

As for the Ford T17 Deerhound, about 250 examples were completed before production was halted and these went on to serve Army military police units stateside.

The T17 featured its 6x6 wheeled arrangement as two rear-mounted axles and a single frontal axle. The armor scheme incorporated a well-sloped glacis plate at front with a relatively flattened hull roof line. The turret sat at center with the twin Hercules JXD gasoline engines fitted to the rear of the hull. A coaxial 0.30 caliber machine gun was fitted in the turret and a 0.30 caliber bow-mounted machine gun rounded out the armament fit. It is assumed that the intended operating crew would number five as this was standard practice amongst armored vehicles of the period.

The British Army initially secured production of theT17 and this began in October of 1942 while the U.S. Army went ahead and commissioned for its own stock of T17 cars as insurance against the M8 series being delayed during production in any way. The Army's own evaluation of the T17 vehicle eventually showcased the types limitations when compared to the competing Chevrolet product and thus the Army production contract was cancelled. The British followed suit and ended with selection of the competing T17E1 instead which more or less marked the end of the T17 beyond the aforementioned 250 examples completed.

Specifications



Service Year
1942

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Crew
5
CREWMEN
Production
250
UNITS


Ford Motor Company - USA
National flag of the United Kingdom National flag of the United States United Kingdom (cancelled); United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Armored Car
Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.
Reconaissance
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.


Length
18.2 ft
5.55 m
Width
8.9 ft
2.7 m
Height
7.7 ft
2.35 m
Weight
34,172 lb
15,500 kg
Tonnage
17.1 tons
LIGHT
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base T17 (Deerhound) production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 2 x Hercules JXD 6-cylinder gasoline engines of 90 horsepower each.
Speed
55.9 mph
(90.0 kph)
Range
450.5 mi
(725.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base T17 (Deerhound) production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 37mm M6 main gun
1 x 0.30 caliber coaxial machine gun
1 x 0.30 caliber bow-mounted machine gun


Supported Types


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Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun


(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Not Available.


T17 "Deerhound" - Base Prototype Designation; 250 units produced.
M6 - Proposed U.S. Army designation; never used.


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