M2 Light Tank

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For the medium tank, see M2 Medium Tank.


M2 Light Tank

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USA Light Tank Tier II
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 3,400  Credits
Hit Points 140160 HP
Weight Limit 8.6/11.58.734/11.5 t
Crew
Commander
Gunner (Loader)
Driver
Radio Operator
Mobility
Engine Power 220262 hp
Speed Limit 58/20 km/h
Traverse 3640 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 25.5830 hp/t
Pivot NoNo
Armor
Hull Armor 25/25/25 mm
Turret Armor16/16/1625/25/25 mm
Armament
Damage 6-109-15 HP
Penetration 17-2823-38 mm
Rate of Fire
85.41100% crew: 88.37 rpm
+ Vents: 89.98 rpm
+ BiA : 91.57 rpm
+ Food: 94.72 rpm
98.9100% crew: 102.46 rpm
+ Vents: 104.4 rpm
+ BiA : 106.33 rpm
+ Food: 110.14 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.57100% crew: 0.55 m
+ Vents: 0.53 m
+ BiA : 0.52 m
+ Food: 0.5 m
0.5100% crew: 0.48 m
+ Vents: 0.47 m
+ BiA : 0.46 m
+ Food: 0.44 m
m
Aim time
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
Turret Traverse
32100% crew: 33.37 deg/s
+ Vents: 34.13 deg/s
+ BiA : 34.88 deg/s
+ Food: 36.39 deg/s
35100% crew: 36.5 deg/s
+ Vents: 37.33 deg/s
+ BiA : 38.15 deg/s
+ Food: 39.8 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -6°/+19°-6°/+19°
Ammo Capacity 18001200 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range
260100% crew: 260 m
+ Vents: 265.57 m
+ BiA : 271.14 m
+ Food: 282.29 m
320100% crew: 320 m
+ Vents: 326.86 m
+ BiA : 333.71 m
+ Food: 347.43 m
m
Signal Range
265100% crew: 276.36 m
+ Vents: 282.6 m
+ BiA : 288.85 m
+ Food: 301.34 m
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ Vents: 655.85 m
+ BiA : 670.35 m
+ Food: 699.34 m
m
Parent Contour-USA-T1 Cunningham.png
Child
Contour-USA-M3 Stuart.png1,350 XP
Research
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The M2 Light Tank is an American tier 2 light tank.

Infantry support tank. A total of 696 vehicles were manufactured from 1935 through 1942. The tank saw combat with the U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal. It was withdrawn from service in 1942.

Shorter and smaller than its tier 2 cousin, the T2 Medium Tank, the M2 Light Tank has many of the same stats plus a much more powerful engine. The M2 is one of the fastest tier 2 tanks and is decently armored. It has a bit of difficulty in tight spaces, but in the open it is very fast. Its speed is best used to exploit the sluggishness of other low tier tanks.

The M2 Light Tank leads to the M3 Stuart.


















Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
01I M2D27810 0016 16/16/16 mm
32100% crew: 33.37 deg/s
+ Vents: 34.13 deg/s
+ BiA : 34.88 deg/s
+ Food: 36.39 deg/s
32100% crew: 33.37 deg/s
+ Vents: 34.13 deg/s
+ BiA : 34.88 deg/s
+ Food: 36.39 deg/s
d/s
360°
260100% crew: 260 m
+ Vents: 265.57 m
+ BiA : 271.14 m
+ Food: 282.29 m
260100% crew: 260 m
+ Vents: 265.57 m
+ BiA : 271.14 m
+ Food: 282.29 m
m
0------ 000000450450 Credits 0700 700 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
01I Browning MG caliber .50 HB, M2 1800 8 HP 22 mm 1 Credits
85.41100% crew: 88.37 rpm
+ Vents: 89.98 rpm
+ BiA : 91.57 rpm
+ Food: 94.72 rpm
Autocannon

Burst Length: 5 rounds
Magazine Size: 40 rounds
Magazine RoF: 450 rpm
Magazine Reload Time: 22.9 s

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r/m
0.57100% crew: 0.55 m
+ Vents: 0.53 m
+ BiA : 0.52 m
+ Food: 0.5 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s

Front: -6°/+19°
Sides: -6°/+19°

Rear: -2°/+19°
--- 2,0002,000 Credits 0070 70 kg
02II 20 mm Hispano-Suiza Birgikt Gun 1200 12/12 HP 30/41 mm 3 Credits/1 Gold
95.74100% crew: 99.21 rpm
+ Vents: 101.1 rpm
+ BiA : 102.98 rpm
+ Food: 106.7 rpm
Autocannon

Burst Length: 3 rounds
Magazine Size: 15 rounds
Magazine RoF: 600 rpm
Magazine Reload Time: 8 s

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r/m
0.5100% crew: 0.48 m
+ Vents: 0.47 m
+ BiA : 0.46 m
+ Food: 0.44 m
m
1.9100% crew: 1.82 s
+ Vents: 1.78 s
+ BiA : 1.74 s
+ Food: 1.67 s
s

Front: -6°/+19°
Sides: -6°/+19°

Rear: -0°/+19°
140 2,6002,600 Credits 0068 68 kg

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
02II M2D27812 0025 25/25/25 mm
35100% crew: 36.5 deg/s
+ Vents: 37.33 deg/s
+ BiA : 38.15 deg/s
+ Food: 39.8 deg/s
35100% crew: 36.5 deg/s
+ Vents: 37.33 deg/s
+ BiA : 38.15 deg/s
+ Food: 39.8 deg/s
d/s
360°
320100% crew: 320 m
+ Vents: 326.86 m
+ BiA : 333.71 m
+ Food: 347.43 m
320100% crew: 320 m
+ Vents: 326.86 m
+ BiA : 333.71 m
+ Food: 347.43 m
m
0105105 000000640640 Credits 0800 800 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
01I Browning MG caliber .50 HB, M2 1800 8 HP 22 mm 1 Credits
107.62100% crew: 111.13 rpm
+ Vents: 113.02 rpm
+ BiA : 114.9 rpm
+ Food: 118.59 rpm
Autocannon

Burst Length: 5 rounds
Magazine Size: 40 rounds
Magazine RoF: 450 rpm
Magazine Reload Time: 17.1 s

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r/m
0.57100% crew: 0.55 m
+ Vents: 0.53 m
+ BiA : 0.52 m
+ Food: 0.5 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s

Front: -6°/+19°
Sides: -6°/+19°

Rear: -6°/+19°
--- 2,0002,000 Credits 0070 70 kg
02II 37 mm Gun M5 103 40/40/50 HP 48/70/19 mm 18 Credits/2 Gold/10 Credits
24100% crew: 25.03 rpm
+ Vents: 25.59 rpm
+ BiA : 26.16 rpm
+ Food: 27.29 rpm
r/m
0.46100% crew: 0.44 m
+ Vents: 0.43 m
+ BiA : 0.42 m
+ Food: 0.4 m
m
2.1100% crew: 2.01 s
+ Vents: 1.97 s
+ BiA : 1.93 s
+ Food: 1.85 s
s
-6°/+19° 90 2,0002,000 Credits 0078 78 kg
02II 20 mm Hispano-Suiza Birgikt Gun 1200 12/12 HP 30/41 mm 3 Credits/1 Gold
98.9100% crew: 102.46 rpm
+ Vents: 104.4 rpm
+ BiA : 106.33 rpm
+ Food: 110.14 rpm
Autocannon

Burst Length: 3 rounds
Magazine Size: 15 rounds
Magazine RoF: 600 rpm
Magazine Reload Time: 7.7 s

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r/m
0.5100% crew: 0.48 m
+ Vents: 0.47 m
+ BiA : 0.46 m
+ Food: 0.44 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s

Front: -6°/+19°
Sides: -6°/+19°

Rear: -5°/+19°
140 2,6002,600 Credits 0068 68 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
03III Guiberson T-10204 0220 220 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 000000500500 Credits 0331 331 kg
03III Continental R670-7 0250 250 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 40 2,0002,000 Credits 0256 256 kg
03III Continental W-670-7 0262 262 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 190 5,6005,600 Credits 0256 256 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
01I VVSS T16E1 11.511.5 t 03636 d/s ------ 000000330330 Credits 3,300 3,300 kg
02II VVSS T16E2 11.511.5 t 04040 d/s 105105 000000620620 Credits 3,300 3,300 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
02II SCR 200
265100% crew: 276.36 m
+ Vents: 282.6 m
+ BiA : 288.85 m
+ Food: 301.34 m
265100% crew: 276.36 m
+ Vents: 282.6 m
+ BiA : 288.85 m
+ Food: 301.34 m
m
0--- --- 000000180180 Credits 0040 40 kg
04IV SCR 210
325100% crew: 338.93 m
+ Vents: 346.59 m
+ BiA : 354.25 m
+ Food: 369.57 m
325100% crew: 338.93 m
+ Vents: 346.59 m
+ BiA : 354.25 m
+ Food: 369.57 m
m
0330 330 1,9801,980 Credits 0080 80 kg
09IX SCR 506
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ Vents: 655.85 m
+ BiA : 670.35 m
+ Food: 699.34 m
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ Vents: 655.85 m
+ BiA : 670.35 m
+ Food: 699.34 m
m
5,600 5,600 33,60033,600 Credits 0110 110 kg

Historical Info

The M2 Light Tank was an American pre-World War II light tank that saw combat with the US Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion on Guadalcanal in 1942 during World War II. Its service with the 1st Tank Battalion during the Pacific War was its only US combat use during the war; however, it is believed that M2A4s served in Burma and India with the British 7th Hussars and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment during their engagements with the IJA 14th Tank Regiment. The M2A4 was the immediate predecessor of the M3 Stuart light tank.

History of Development

The Light Tank M2 was developed in 1935 by the Rock Island arsenal as an infantry tank for the US Army. It was inspired by the well-known Vickers 6-ton. Its main armament was one .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun in a small one-man turret, of which only 10 were made. The US Infantry Branch then decided to switch to a twin turret configuration, with a .30 caliber machine gun in the second turret. These two turret tanks was given the nickname “Mae west“ by the troops, after the popular busty movie star. The twin-turret layout was inefficient, but was a common feature of 1930s light tanks derived from the Vickers, such as the Soviet T-26 and Polish 7TP.

From the events in the Spanish Civil War, the US Army drew the conclusion that tanks had to be better armed and protected. By 1940 the twin machine gun turrets were replaced by one larger turret with a 37 mm gun, and armor was increased to 25 mm. Other upgrades included improved suspension, improved transmission, and better engine cooling.

The fall of France affected the progress on the US tank program. In July 1940, work began on a new light tank based on the M2. Stronger armor and a longer tank hull finally led to the M3 Stuart.

The importance of the M2 lies in its basis for the M3, which exploited the high speed and reliability of the mechanical parts based on the M2 program.

Deployment

In December 1941, the M2A1, M2A2, and M2A3 variants were only used for training. A small number of the M2A4 variant took part in the Battle of Guadalcanal while assigned to the US Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion, and remained in service in some areas of the Pacific until 1943.

Great Britain ordered 100 M2A4 tanks in the spring of 1941 . After 36 was delivered, the order was withdrawn in favor of the improved M3 Stuart. There is evidence that indicates these 36 M2A4s ended up as part of the British Army's 7th Hussars and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, fighting in the India and Burma campaigns against the Japanese 14th Tank Regiment.

Variants

M2A1 (1935) - .50 MG in a single turret. 10 units were produced.

M2A2 (1935) - Twin turrets. Dubbed "Mae West". 239 units produced.

M2A3 (1938) - Twin turrets, Thicker armor, improved suspension. 72 units produced.

M2A4 (1940) - Single turret with 37mm gun, thicker armor. 375 units produced.
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