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The designation "Greyhound" is of British origin. The US designation is M8
June 16 2012, 6:06 PM
Definitely used by the Royal Canadian Dragoons in North West Europe, Winter of 1945. (It was not official War Establishment issue to them (they were slated for Staghounds) but they somehow acquired several from 21AG in error (and wouldn't give them back so the storey goes).
This was a wheeled RECCE regiment and usually operated independently of tanks.
This message has been edited by Kaszas from IP address 126.96.36.199 on Jun 16, 2012 6:12 PM
RCD received six M8 Greyhounds while in Italy because there was no Staghounds available at the time.
RCD was the Armoured Car Regiment of 1ST Cdn Corps. However when it was decided to add a second Infantry Brigade to the 5th Cdn Armoured Division, the Recce Regt from 1st Cdn Infantry Division was converted into an Infantry battalion and transferred to the new brigade. RCD then became the Recce Regt of 1CID and served in that role from about Aug. 1944 to Mar. 1945 when 1st Cdn Corps moved to NWE, and RCD reverted to their role as 1st Cdn Corps Armoured Car Regt.
Well if that is the case...then let us cease calling the
June 17 2012, 2:39 PM
Sherman a Sherman as this was another British name...as were the majority of American tanks were named by the Brits. Henceforth all US medium tanks called (Sherman) will only be called M-4's on Network 54 pages. Sounds rather silly does it not?
King of all Shermaholics
simon king (Login sbking) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
June 16 2012, 7:30 PM
IIRC it was in the last of David Fletcher's HMSO series on British Armour - The Universal Tank - and it was with reference to the fact that the rear tyres were being punctured by spent .50 cal cartridges as they were ejected from the gun - I think the first of the dual rear wheels was throwing up the cartridges which was then puncturing the second rear wheel due to the close coupling.
Must have been 1DY coming up into Austria from Italy as 2DY kept their Daimlers right through to the victory parades