M20 Armored Utility Car

The primary command and control vehicle for commanders and staff in tank destroyer battalions was the M20 Armored Utility Car. Essentially an M8 with its turret removed and a ring mount for an anti-aircraft MG mounted on the roof of the vehicle, its only defense against enemy armor was a bazooka stowed inside. Nevertheless, it provided excellent mobility and protection against small arms fire and shrapnel for its passengers. It also contained additional radio sets to facilitate the exercise of command and control.

M20 Armored Utility Car

Height: 7.5 feet
Width: 8.3 feet
Length: 16.5 feet
Weight: 8.2 tons
Combat radius (how far one can go on a tank of gasoline): 250 miles (road)

Armor

Front: .625 inches
Side: .375 inches

Maximum Speed: 56 mph (road)

Armament

Anti-aircraft Machine Gun: .50-caliber M2


(All data from Aberdeen Proving Ground Series)

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