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Tank destroyer, developed from 1944 to 1945 on the basis of the Tetrarch light tank. The project was canceled when WWII ended.
The Alecto was based on the Mk VIII Harry Hopkins light tank which was intended to succeed the Tetrarch.
The Alecto is more similar to its late predecessor, the Universal Carrier 2-pdr, than the Valentine AT. The Alecto has a fast top speed of 50km/h and an average shell damage of nearly double its contemporaries, it pays for this with practically non-existent armor: 10mm all-around. The open-top hull and paper-thin armor make the Alecto very vulnerable to HE and SPG shells. This TD is perhaps the definition of "Glass Cannon". It is speedy and maneuverable and boasts high damage output with extremely low profile. It's most effective harassing and relocating to hit enemies in their soft sides. The play style is similar to the ELC AMX and the M18 Hellcat; if you have had experience with those tanks you will know to avoid attracting attention while dishing out large amounts of damage.
The Alecto leads to the AT 2.
Pros and Cons
- Great view range
- Hard to detect with a small size and low profile
- Hard to hit thanks to the small size
- High damage and great rate of fire
- "Poor" penetration is still more than enough for most equal or lower tier targets
- Good maneuverability
- Good acceleration and speed
- Paper-thin armor
- Extremely vulnerable to SPGs and HE shells
- Poor penetration against higher tiers
- Relatively poor accuracy
The Alecto's good speed and maneuverability allow it to move to positions where it can use its gun to quickly devastate enemies. Its top gun, the 25-pdr Howitzer, packs a big punch and a good rate of fire. It has low penetration, which calls for the need to flank and relocate often when facing higher tiered opponents. Some players may prefer the 3.7 inch Howitzer to the 25 pdr - the added penetration and significantly higher damage per shot can sometimes be more useful than the much improved RoF and slightly better accuracy of the 25-pdr. The Alecto also has very good view range, which can be used with its speed, maneuverability, and camo to spot targets to kill, or even to scout in a pinch.
The biggest downfall of the Alecto is its paper-thin armor. It is extremely vulnerable to all kinds of enemy fire, especially artillery and HE shells. Thus, it is important for the Alecto to make use of its low profile and good camo value to remain hidden from enemy guns. The Alecto is not at all a front-line tank, however, it has the speed and firepower to be a great contributor to the battlefield.
It should be noted that the Alecto is the last of its type in the British tank destroyer line. The remaining British TDs are heavily armored and very slow and as such require a completely different playstyle.
- The 3.7-inch AT Howitzer and WS No. 19 Mk. II Radio carry over from the Valentine AT. Mount the radio immediately. It is also possible to mount the gun, but remember that as a howitzer, it can be difficult to use.
- Research the OQF 25-pdr AT Gun-Howitzer Mk. III and the Meadows H.O.P O.C. Engine in whichever order you want.
- Finally, research the Alecto Mk. IV Suspension.
The Alecto was an experimental self propelled gun developed by the British during the Second World War but terminated with the end of the war in Europe.
A project for a 3.75 inch (95 mm) howitzer was started in 1942. Two guns were made, and one of these was chosen for test mounting on a Harry Hopkins tank chassis. Like the Harry Hopkins, the Alecto had skid steering, which operated by bowing the tracks through lateral movements of the central road wheels. The gun was mounted in an open-topped structure facing to the rear. The first trials were not started until late in 1944. The trials uncovered various problems but by the time these were solved the war in Europe was over. With no prospect for use in the Far East, the project was ended with a total of five variants planned:
Mk I 3.75 inch (95 mm), 20 cal howitzer
Mk II QF 6 pdr gun
Mk III QF 25 pounder gun-howitzer. Prototype partially completed
Mk IV 32pdr howitzer.Alecto Dozer