Army Officer in Iraq Discovers WW II Armored Vehicle

August 12, 2008 at 3:17 am

CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 6, 2008 — The cavalry has always played an integral role in the world’s militaries. Traveling and fighting on horseback gave them an advantage to regular ground troops, as it made them faster, more mobile and a more lethal force.

Throughout the years times changed and cavalry units eventually gave up their horses and replaced them with armored vehicles.

One of those armored vehicles, an M8 light armored car used in WWII was found on Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, in a vehicle boneyard.

Maj. John Highfill, a native of Otis, Kan., and previous executive officer 2nd Battalion, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, a self-proclaimed history buff, discovered the antique while researching his unit’s history.

“After doing some research on the 14th Cavalry, I found that the 14th Cavalry Group, as it was designated during WWII, used this piece of equipment in the European Theater of Operations,” he said.

As Highfill continued his research of the vehicle he came across a picture of an Iraqi soldier in Camp Taji standing next to a Greyhound, and as a history enthusiast, he eagerly shared this information with his Soldiers and went out to the boneyard to search for the vehicle. He eventually found it among the tons of old, discarded and broken down Soviet equipment. Read Lyndsey Dransfield’s entire report at “The Tension”

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