Introduction and Vehicle History
Hi everyone, I have another suggestion for a vehicle already present in game, in this case the t18e2 boarhound. the history of this armoured vehicles starts inIn July 1941, the US Army Ordnance Corps issued specifications for a heavy armored car (along with another specification for a medium armored car, which resulted in the T17 Deerhound and T17E1 Staghound) to be built for supply to the British. The prototype was initially armed with a 37 mm gun and this was deemed insufficient for anti tank duties, so the production version (t18e2) was equipt with the 57 mm gun M1, which was just a US-manufactured British QF 6 pounder.
The United States Army only showed minimal interest in the vehicle and retained the first 3 production vehicles. The British Army on the other hand placed an order for 2,500 units, but high production costs and poor cross-country performance led to cancellation of the order with only 27 being delivered to North Africa (because of this only a total of 30 of the cars were actually manufactured). The ones that made it to north africa where never used widely in combat; however, a number were made use of by defending bases of operation in North Africa, with a few even taking part in convoy operations. There are also accounts that a limited few were refitted for special duties in the rear echelon as well. Late in 1942, orders were issued for multiple Boarhounds to be assigned to the Eighth Army, which used them sparingly as supporting armored vehicles and, to some extent, in reconnaissance roles. Because of this, even though the tanks were used by the British army, they never saw heavy action. In the present day a single example remains in existance, and is preserved in Bovington tank museum.
Because it was made for the british army, and was only operated by the british i think it is reasonable to suggest the vehicle should be added to the british tree in some form. below are several historical pictures of the armoured car in service with the british army.
Specifications/ sumerized history for the T18e2:
- Haugh, David T18E2 data sheet Warwheels.net (http://warwheels.net/images/T18E2AC_DataSheetHAUGHv2.pdf)
- George Forty - World War Two Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Self-Propelled Artillery , Osprey Automotive 1995
- Staghound Armored Car 1942-62 (New Vanguard): No. 159 Paperback – 2009by Steven J. Zaloga.