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A 155-mm SPG on the chassis of the M41 Walker Bulldog light tank. The M44 was withdrawn from mass production due to the development of improved SPGs of this class. According to different sources, 250-600 vehicles of this type were manufactured from 1953 through 1954.
The M44 leads to the M12.
Pros and Cons
- Fast aimtime
- Cheap shells
- Very wide gun arc, larger than both the M37 and the GW Panther
- Better traverse speed than the M41 (but still not fantastic in any way)
- Good top speed
- View range is good
- Horrible accuracy
- Low damage compared to other Tier 6 arty (except for FV304)
- Slow acceleration
- Less adaptability to TD mode like the M41
- Tall silhouette (especially the machine gun mount)
The M44 is like a combined M37 and M41. The gun arc is very wide and can cover large areas of the map without having to turn the hull and reset the camo net. The gun is also hard-hitting and can hurt many high tier enemies. However, unlike the M37 and M41, the M44 is very tall, especially with the comical machine gun mount off to the right front side of the crew area. Always stay hidden and use a camo net.
The hull traverse, at stock, is terrible. That improves somewhat with the upgraded suspension and engine, but some players opt to go straight to the next tier, since those modules are considered secondary for self-propelled guns in most cases.
- None of the available upgrades are researched and carry over from the M41.
- Research the M45 Howitzer 2nd gun first. It is lighter than stock gun so no need for tracks first.
- Tier-10 Radio next.
- Suspension and engine last. Or you can simply go straight to the M12.
Alternatively, research the suspension first, as you cannot mount the camouflage net without the upgraded suspension. This will allow for increased survivability, while you are researching the other upgrades.
- Hunnicutt, 1995, p.199-201.
Hunnicutt, R.P., 1995, Sheridan: A History of the American Light Tank - Volume-2, Presidio Press, 340p, ISBN:9780891415701.
- M44 Howitzer Motor Carriage Specs and brief history.