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M18 Hell-Cat: 76 mm Gun Motor Carriage in World War II

M18 Hell-Cat: 76 mm Gun Motor Carriage in World War II

David Doyle

Available May 2020

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The M18 was developed in an era when the United States fought tanks not with other tanks, but with specialized tank destroyers. With a powerful aircraft-style radial engine pushing it at up to 50 miles per hour, and mounting a potent 76 mm cannon, the Buick-built M18 Hellcat, or “Hell-Cat” as Buick’s publicists named it, provided US troops with a powerful shoot-and-scoot answer to heavily armored German tanks. Further experiments were conducted to increase its armament or adapt it to other uses, such as the M39 armored utility vehicle. Through dozens of archival images, many never before published, as well as detailed photographs of some of the finest existent examples of these vehicles, this iconic tank hunter is explored, and its history is explained. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 160 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359576 | Binding: hard cover

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David Doyle’s earliest published works appeared in periodicals aimed at the hobby of historic military vehicle restoration. This was a natural outlet for the collector, whose collection includes ten Vietnam-era vehicles. By 1999 this included regular features in leading hobby publications, appearing regularly in US, English, and Polish magazines. Since 2003, over 125 of his books have been published. While some concern aircraft and warships, volumes on military vehicles, meticulously researched by David and his wife, Denise, remain the genre for which he is most recognized. This recognition peaked in 2015, when he was presented the coveted Bart Vanderveen Award by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, given in recognition of “the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide.”