M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer 1943-97
The M18 76mm Gun Motor Carriage was developed for the US Army's Tank Destroyer Command. It was the only tank destroyer deployed during World War II actually based on their requirements for speed and firepower. This book examines the development of this vehicle, the controversies over the need for high-speed tank destroyers, and its actual performance during World War II. Special emphasis is placed on examining its performance in its intended mission. Coverage also includes derivative vehicles of the M18 such as the M39 armored utility vehicle.
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12th Army Group 1N WORLD 37mm GMC 37mm gun 45 12th non-divisional 4th Armored Division 704th Tank Destroyer 76mm GMC 76mm gun 90mm GMC Aberdeen Proving Ground armor protection armored utility vehicle armored vehicles autumn battle Bruce Buick campaign chassis Christie suspension combat configuration crews deployed EA5TERN FRONT engine equipment firepower German tanks gun motor carriage high speed howitzer hull side HVAP HVAP ammunition light tank M18 battalion M18 Hellcat M18 tank destroyers M18 turret M3 75mm GMC M3 half-track M39 armored utility M39 AUV machine gun MED1UM TANK mobility muzzle brake NARA olive drab open turret Pacific Panther Panther tank Patton Museum performance pilot platoon production M18 production vehicles propellant registration number stowage Tank Destroyer Battalion Tank Destroyer Board Tank Destroyer Center Tank Destroyer Command tank fighting tests Theater of Operations Third Army towed anti-tank guns trials U5 ARMY units Yugoslav