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In July 1941 the US Army Ordnance office issued joint specifications with the British for three new armoured cars. The T17E1 specification called for a medium armored car which eventually became the Staghound, while the T18 called for a heavy armoured car.
The T18 prototype was developed in 1942 by the Yellow Truck & Coach Company as a large all-wheel-drive, eight-wheeler with the front four wheels steering. Its thick armour was unusual for an armoured car, although this extra protection brought the weight of the vehicle up to 26 tons—similar to contemporary medium tanks such as the M3 Lee and three times the weight of the equivalent German eight-wheeled armoured cars.
Initially armed with a M6 37mm gun, it became clear that the T28 would need a more powerful weapon and the final version, the T18E2, was fitted with the newly-designed M1 57mm gun, a US-manufactured variant of the British 6 pdr gun.
While the United States Army proved entirely uninterested in the vehicle, the British Army’s successful use of armoured cars in the Western Desert led them to place an order for 2500 T18E2 armoured cars, which they promptly christened the Boarhound. High production costs led to cancellation of the initial order after only 30 were delivered.
Hypothetical Combat Service
These 30 vehicles were shipped to North Africa to supplement the slower British AEC armoured cars supporting the light Humber armoured cars. The Boarhound’s eight-wheeled design proved ideal in the open flat terrain of the desert with their speed and mobility being a great asset during running battles with German and Italian armoured cars. Their success led to further production of the Boarhound and whole regiments were re-equipped with this superb armoured car.
The T18E2 Boarhound armoured car was designed as a heavy armoured car to counter the German eight-wheeler Sd Kfz 231 (8-rad) series. With much thicker armour and a heavier gun, it succeeds in this role admirably.
Boarhound: 26 tons
Sd Kfz 231(8-rad): 9 tons
Sd Kfz 231(8-rad): 30mm
Sd Kfz 231(8-rad): 20mm
Boarhound: 2 x MG
Sd Kfz 231(8-rad): 1 x MG
Boarhound: 50 mph
Sd Kfz 231(8-rad): 53 mph
Boarhound: 9 hp/ton
Sd Kfz 231(8-rad): 20 hp/ton
Boarhound I Specifications
Designation: Car, Armoured, Heavy, T18E2
Crew: 4 (cdr, gnr, dvr, co-dvr)
Armament: 1 x M1 57mm anti-tank gun, 2 x Browning .30 cal machine-guns
Armour Thickness: 9.5mm to 50mm
Maximum Speed: 50mph/80km/h
Engine: 2 x GMC 6-cylinder, petrol, 270cu in/4 litre, 125hp each
In Flames Of War
The Boarhound is large and heavy for an armoured car, but in the hard, flat desert it is faster than a tank (see page 247 of the rulebook for the Desert Terrain Chart). Its thick armour and big gun count more than the small size of lighter armoured cars, especially in the hands of the veteran Desert Rats. A Heavy Armoured Car Platoon are Reconnaissance Platoons.
Range: 24"/60cm; ROF 2; Anti-tank: 10; Firepower 4+; No HE
Equipment & Notes
Co-ax MG, Hull MG