M26 Pershing

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M26 Pershing

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USA Medium Tank Tier VIII
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 2,403,000  Credits
Hit Points 1,3501,440 HP
Weight Limit 40.6/42.442.924/45.1 t
Crew
Commander
Gunner
Driver
Radio Operator
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 560704 hp
Speed Limit 48/20 km/h
Traverse 3638 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 13.7916.4 hp/t
Pivot YesYes
Armor
Hull Armor 101/76/50 mm
Turret Armor101/76/76127/76/63 mm
Armament
Damage 86.3-143.8180-300 HP
Penetration 96-160135-225 mm
Rate of Fire
14.29100% crew: 14.9 rpm
+ Vents: 15.23 rpm
+ BiA : 15.57 rpm
+ Food: 16.24 rpm
7.32100% crew: 7.63 rpm
+ Vents: 7.8 rpm
+ BiA : 7.98 rpm
+ Food: 8.32 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.43100% crew: 0.41 m
+ Vents: 0.4 m
+ BiA : 0.39 m
+ Food: 0.38 m
0.37100% crew: 0.35 m
+ Vents: 0.35 m
+ BiA : 0.34 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
Aim time
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
Turret Traverse
36100% crew: 37.54 deg/s
+ Vents: 38.39 deg/s
+ BiA : 39.24 deg/s
+ Food: 40.94 deg/s
38100% crew: 39.63 deg/s
+ Vents: 40.52 deg/s
+ BiA : 41.42 deg/s
+ Food: 43.21 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -10°/+20°-10°/+20°
Ammo Capacity 9270 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range
390100% crew: 390 m
+ Vents: 398.36 m
+ BiA : 406.71 m
+ Food: 423.43 m
400100% crew: 400 m
+ Vents: 408.57 m
+ BiA : 417.14 m
+ Food: 434.29 m
m
Signal Range
395100% crew: 411.93 m
+ Vents: 421.24 m
+ BiA : 430.55 m
+ Food: 449.17 m
745100% crew: 776.93 m
+ Vents: 794.49 m
+ BiA : 812.05 m
+ Food: 847.17 m
m
Parent Contour-USA-T20.png
Child
Contour-USA-M46 Patton.png174,690 XP
Research
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The M26 Pershing is an American tier 8 medium tank.

The Pershing was developed to fight heavy tanks, and was itself initially classified as heavy. After World War II it was re-classified as medium. A few saw combat in the closing phase of World War II.

Compared to other tier 8 medium tanks, Pershing armor is excellent and capable of bouncing low-tier guns. However, like all other medium tanks, it does not fare well on its own and will easily get destroyed if caught in the open by tank destroyers or heavy tanks. Therefore, it acts better as a mobile mid-range sniper or as support for heavier tanks. After you get the upgraded engine, the Pershing becomes much faster and can plug holes in whichever areas are needed. Its top gun is effective in the supporting role, but will find itself outclassed when fighting most heavies from the front.

The M26 Pershing leads to the M46 Patton.


















Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
07VII M26M67 0101 101/76/76 mm
36100% crew: 37.54 deg/s
+ Vents: 38.39 deg/s
+ BiA : 39.24 deg/s
+ Food: 40.94 deg/s
36100% crew: 37.54 deg/s
+ Vents: 38.39 deg/s
+ BiA : 39.24 deg/s
+ Food: 40.94 deg/s
d/s
360°
390100% crew: 390 m
+ Vents: 398.36 m
+ BiA : 406.71 m
+ Food: 423.43 m
390100% crew: 390 m
+ Vents: 398.36 m
+ BiA : 406.71 m
+ Food: 423.43 m
m
0------ 21,80021,800 Credits 8,000 8,000 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
06VI 76 mm Gun M1A1 92 115/110/185 HP 128/177/38 mm 96 Credits/7 Gold/68 Credits
14.29100% crew: 14.9 rpm
+ Vents: 15.23 rpm
+ BiA : 15.57 rpm
+ Food: 16.24 rpm
r/m
0.43100% crew: 0.41 m
+ Vents: 0.4 m
+ BiA : 0.39 m
+ Food: 0.38 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° --- 50,33050,330 Credits 1,567 1,567 kg
06VI 76 mm Gun M1A2 92 115/110/185 HP 128/177/38 mm 96 Credits/7 Gold/68 Credits
18.18100% crew: 18.96 rpm
+ Vents: 19.39 rpm
+ BiA : 19.82 rpm
+ Food: 20.68 rpm
r/m
0.4100% crew: 0.38 m
+ Vents: 0.38 m
+ BiA : 0.37 m
+ Food: 0.35 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° 5,800 62,00062,000 Credits 1,590 1,590 kg
07VII 90 mm Gun M3 70 240/240/320 HP 160/243/45 mm 255 Credits/11 Gold/255 Credits
7.32100% crew: 7.63 rpm
+ Vents: 7.8 rpm
+ BiA : 7.98 rpm
+ Food: 8.32 rpm
r/m
0.38100% crew: 0.36 m
+ Vents: 0.36 m
+ BiA : 0.35 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° 14,000 81,00081,000 Credits 2,050 2,050 kg
08VIII 90 mm Gun T15E2M2 70 240/240/320 HP 180/268/45 mm 255 Credits/11 Gold/255 Credits
7.32100% crew: 7.63 rpm
+ Vents: 7.8 rpm
+ BiA : 7.98 rpm
+ Food: 8.32 rpm
r/m
0.37100% crew: 0.35 m
+ Vents: 0.35 m
+ BiA : 0.34 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° 18,900 128,900128,900 Credits 2,250 2,250 kg

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
08VIII M26M71 0127 127/76/63 mm
38100% crew: 39.63 deg/s
+ Vents: 40.52 deg/s
+ BiA : 41.42 deg/s
+ Food: 43.21 deg/s
38100% crew: 39.63 deg/s
+ Vents: 40.52 deg/s
+ BiA : 41.42 deg/s
+ Food: 43.21 deg/s
d/s
360°
400100% crew: 400 m
+ Vents: 408.57 m
+ BiA : 417.14 m
+ Food: 434.29 m
400100% crew: 400 m
+ Vents: 408.57 m
+ BiA : 417.14 m
+ Food: 434.29 m
m
19,50019,500 46,00046,000 Credits 9,700 9,700 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
05V 105 mm M4 54 410/350 HP 53/101 mm 166 Credits/10 Gold
7.5100% crew: 7.82 rpm
+ Vents: 8 rpm
+ BiA : 8.18 rpm
+ Food: 8.53 rpm
r/m
0.55100% crew: 0.53 m
+ Vents: 0.52 m
+ BiA : 0.5 m
+ Food: 0.48 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° 1,500 40,30040,300 Credits 2,600 2,600 kg
06VI 76 mm Gun M1A1 92 115/110/185 HP 128/177/38 mm 96 Credits/7 Gold/68 Credits
14.29100% crew: 14.9 rpm
+ Vents: 15.23 rpm
+ BiA : 15.57 rpm
+ Food: 16.24 rpm
r/m
0.43100% crew: 0.41 m
+ Vents: 0.4 m
+ BiA : 0.39 m
+ Food: 0.38 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° --- 50,33050,330 Credits 1,567 1,567 kg
06VI 76 mm Gun M1A2 92 115/110/185 HP 128/177/38 mm 96 Credits/7 Gold/68 Credits
18.18100% crew: 18.96 rpm
+ Vents: 19.39 rpm
+ BiA : 19.82 rpm
+ Food: 20.68 rpm
r/m
0.4100% crew: 0.38 m
+ Vents: 0.38 m
+ BiA : 0.37 m
+ Food: 0.35 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° 5,800 62,00062,000 Credits 1,590 1,590 kg
07VII 90 mm Gun M3 70 240/240/320 HP 160/243/45 mm 255 Credits/11 Gold/255 Credits
7.32100% crew: 7.63 rpm
+ Vents: 7.8 rpm
+ BiA : 7.98 rpm
+ Food: 8.32 rpm
r/m
0.38100% crew: 0.36 m
+ Vents: 0.36 m
+ BiA : 0.35 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-10°/+20° 14,000 81,00081,000 Credits 2,050 2,050 kg
08VIII 90 mm Gun T15E2M2 70 240/240/320 HP 180/268/45 mm 255 Credits/11 Gold/255 Credits
7.32100% crew: 7.63 rpm
+ Vents: 7.8 rpm
+ BiA : 7.98 rpm
+ Food: 8.32 rpm
r/m
0.37100% crew: 0.35 m
+ Vents: 0.35 m
+ BiA : 0.34 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s

Front: -10°/+20°
Sides: -10°/+20°

Rear: -9°/+20°
18,900 128,900128,900 Credits 2,250 2,250 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
07VII Ford GAN 0560 560 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 37,20037,200 Credits 0569 569 kg
08VIII Continental AV-1790-1 0704 704 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 10,500 45,00045,000 Credits 0569 569 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
07VII M26T80E1 42.3542.35 t 03636 d/s ------ 16,30016,300 Credits 10,000 10,000 kg
08VIII M26T81 45.0545.05 t 03838 d/s 13,50013,500 30,25030,250 Credits 10,000 10,000 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
06VI SCR 508
395100% crew: 411.93 m
+ Vents: 421.24 m
+ BiA : 430.55 m
+ Food: 449.17 m
395100% crew: 411.93 m
+ Vents: 421.24 m
+ BiA : 430.55 m
+ Food: 449.17 m
m
0--- --- 21,60021,600 Credits 0100 100 kg
10X SCR 528
745100% crew: 776.93 m
+ Vents: 794.49 m
+ BiA : 812.05 m
+ Food: 847.17 m
745100% crew: 776.93 m
+ Vents: 794.49 m
+ BiA : 812.05 m
+ Food: 847.17 m
m
9,000 9,000 54,00054,000 Credits 0080 80 kg

Historical Info

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The M-26 was developed near the end of World War II and named after World War One General John J Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force. The M26 Pershing had a slow and arduous beginning, when the need for a heavy tank was not in the priorities of the US Army. Instead, efforts were relegated to production of M3 Stuart Light Tanks and M4 Sherman Medium Tanks. It was not until the debut of the German Panther and Tiger series of tanks on the battlefields of Europe that the need for a heavily-armed, and armored, weapons system came to bear.

Considerable effort was then made to develop a gun system capable of competing with the German counterparts. The result was the M26 Pershing armed with a 90mm main gun (nearly on par with the German '88') and heavily armored overall. It was the closest weapon that the Allies would field that was akin to the German Panther, in terms of firepower and crew survivability. The M26 Pershing arrived too late to be of any effective use (overall) in the European Theater, but a few (roughly 200) saw service with the 3rd and 9th Armored Divisions. At least 100 were kept in reserve as well.

The mammoth M26 Pershings would be part of the armored column that would cross the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine River and into Germany with the 9th Armored. About 20 M26s were reported to have seen any action at all. Ten M26s were also shipped out to the Pacific Theater for action in Okinawa, though arriving too late to be of any effective tactical use.

This was not the end of the line for the M26, however, as a total of 309 M26 Pershings were rushed to Korea in 1950 to provide extra firepower to counter the T-34/85s. A 1954 survey concluded that there were in all 119 tank vs. tank actions involving U.S. Army and Marine units during the Korean War, with 97 T-34-85 tanks knocked out and another 18 probable.
9th AD M-26 Pershing Heavy Tank photographed near Vettweiss, Germany in March 1945
The M4A3E8 was involved in 50% of the tank actions, the M26 in 32%, and the M46 in 10%. The M26/M46 proved to be an overmatch for the T-34-85 as its 90 mm HVAP round could punch all the way through the T-34 from the front glacis armor to the back, whereas the T-34-85 had difficulty penetrating the armor of the M26/46. The M4A3E8, firing 76 mm HVAP rounds which were widely available during the Korean War (unlike World War II), was equal to the T-34-85 as both tanks could destroy each other at normal combat ranges.

Although the M26 proved effective against the armour of the T-34/85s, the automotive deficiencies of the M26 in the mountainous Korean terrain became more of a liability, and so all M26s were withdrawn from Korea during 1951 and replaced with older up-gunned M4A3 Shermans and the newer M46 Pattons.

Post-war use saw a great number stationed throughout Europe with NATO through the Cold War, however, many were quickly replaced when the more reliable M46 Patton became available. Many alternative variants were devised, though some, like the self-propelled gun platform, not used by the US Army.

The M26 Pershing would later be reclassified as a Medium Tank and become the blueprint for tanks such as the M46, M47, M48 Patton, and M60 Main Battle Tanks. In 1948, the M26E2 version with a new more powerful and reliable engine and transmission became the M46 General Patton, which in turn was up-gunned and modified resulting in the M47 and eventually the M60 patton.
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