RARE American WW2 75mm APC round for M8 Motor Howitzer in decent condition, The head is stamped and complete with an original fuze
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The 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 was a self-propelled howitzer vehicle of the United States in use during World War II. It was developed on the chassis of the M5 Stuart tank and was equipped with a M116 howitzer in an M7 mount.
The first design for a close support howitzer on an M5 tank chassis was the T41, which had the howitzer in the hull front. This did not progress past the mock-up stage as the crew would not have been sufficiently protected and design work started on the T47.
It was developed on the chassis of the then-new Light Tank M5 (Stuart VI). The prototype was designated the 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage T17E1 It had the standard M5 turret removed and replaced with a larger open-topped turret; as a result, the drivers' hatches had to be moved from the hull roof to the glacis plate. After a mock-up had been produced, it was ordered into production as the 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8. The M8 was based upon the Light Tank M5, but incorporated several changes. Like the Light Tank M5, the M8 had a crew of four; commander, gunner, driver, and assistant driver/loader. When the M8 was in action, the commander positioned himself at the antiaircraft machine gun and directed his crew, the gunner sat in the turret on the right side of the howitzer, the assistant driver/loader moved up from his seat in the right front hull, and the driver stayed at his position.
Due to the usage of a new turret, the crew hatches in the hull roof for the driver and assistant driver/loader were removed and replaced by a pair of vision flaps in the glacis. Since the glacis hatches were too small to disembark through, these two crew members had to leave the vehicle through the open-topped turret. The driver and assistant driver/loader were provided with periscopes for visibility. In November 1944, the Ordnance Department gave the M8 the name General Scott, after American general Winfield Scott.