M7 Priest

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M7 Priest

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USA SPG Tier III
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 47,000  Credits
Hit Points 140140 HP
Weight Limit 23.00/23.123.00/23.1 t
Crew
Commander
Gunner
Driver
Radio Operator
Loader
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 400500 hp
Speed Limit 38/10 km/h
Traverse 1820 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 17.3917.39 hp/t
Pivot YesYes
Armor
Hull Armor 101/38/12 mm
Armament
Damage 308-513308-513 HP
Penetration 40-6640-66 mm
Rate of Fire
3100% crew: 3.13 rpm
+ BiA : 3.21 rpm
+ Food: 3.33 rpm
3100% crew: 3.13 rpm
+ BiA : 3.21 rpm
+ Food: 3.33 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.84100% crew: 0.81 m
+ BiA : 0.79 m
+ Food: 0.76 m
0.82100% crew: 0.79 m
+ BiA : 0.77 m
+ Food: 0.74 m
m
Aim time
5.5100% crew: 5.27 s
+ BiA : 5.15 s
+ Food: 4.95 s
5.5100% crew: 5.27 s
+ BiA : 5.15 s
+ Food: 4.95 s
s
Gun Traverse Speed
16100% crew: ? deg/s
+ BiA : ? deg/s
+ Food: ? deg/s
16100% crew: ? deg/s
+ BiA : ? deg/s
+ Food: ? deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc -15°/+30°
Elevation Arc -5°/+60°-5°/+60°
Ammo Capacity 6969 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range
330100% crew: 340 m
+ BiA : 347.85 m
+ Food: 361.28 m
330100% crew: 340 m
+ BiA : 347.85 m
+ Food: 361.28 m
m
Signal Range
395100% crew: 411.93 m
+ BiA : 421.24 m
+ Food: 439.86 m
745100% crew: 776.93 m
+ BiA : 794.49 m
+ Food: 829.61 m
m
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The M7 Priest is an American tier 3 self-propelled gun.

Manufactured on the suspension of the M3 and M4 tanks from April 1942 through February 1945, with a total of 4,316 vehicles produced. The M7 Priest first saw combat at El Alamein.

The Priest has good reload time for an SPG, at the cost of being somewhat inaccurate and having poor splash damage - should it miss, it will not deal significant damage to close targets. Also, hitting high tier enemies with the regular HE shell will almost always ping them for a meager amount of damage, which can be frustrating at times. With the 8.6 update, it has changed from tier IV to III with the previously tier III M37 taking its place. Due to this, it is consider to many players as the most overpowered tier 3 artillery.


The M7 Priest leads to the M37.


















Modules

Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
03III 105 mm Howitzer M3 69 410/350 HP 53/101 mm 83 Credits/7 Gold
3100% crew: 3.13 rpm
+ BiA : 3.21 rpm
+ Food: 3.33 rpm
r/m
0.84100% crew: 0.81 m
+ BiA : 0.79 m
+ Food: 0.76 m
m
5.5100% crew: 5.27 s
+ BiA : 5.15 s
+ Food: 4.95 s
s
-5°/+60° --- 12,85012,850 Credits 0433 433 kg
04IV 105 mm Howitzer M2A1 69 410/350 HP 53/101 mm 83 Credits/7 Gold
3100% crew: 3.13 rpm
+ BiA : 3.21 rpm
+ Food: 3.33 rpm
r/m
0.82100% crew: 0.79 m
+ BiA : 0.77 m
+ Food: 0.74 m
m
5.5100% crew: 5.27 s
+ BiA : 5.15 s
+ Food: 4.95 s
s
-5°/+60° 2,550 32,20032,200 Credits 0490 490 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
04IV Wright Continental R-975C1 0400 400 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 11,00011,000 Credits 0516 516 kg
05V Wright Continental R-975C4 0460 460 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 1,500 13,90013,900 Credits 0550 550 kg
06VI Ford GAA early 0500 500 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 5,100 29,00029,000 Credits 0708 708 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
02II VVSS T49 23.123.1 t 01818 d/s ------ 000000590590 Credits 11,000 11,000 kg
03III VVSS T51 25.525.5 t 02020 d/s 1,6501,650 4,7504,750 Credits 11,000 11,000 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
06VI SCR 508
395100% crew: 411.93 m
+ BiA : 421.24 m
+ Food: 439.86 m
395100% crew: 411.93 m
+ BiA : 421.24 m
+ Food: 439.86 m
m
0--- --- 21,60021,600 Credits 0100 100 kg
09IX SCR 506
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ BiA : 655.85 m
+ Food: 684.85 m
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ BiA : 655.85 m
+ Food: 684.85 m
m
5,600 5,600 33,60033,600 Credits 0110 110 kg
10X SCR 528
745100% crew: 776.93 m
+ BiA : 794.49 m
+ Food: 829.61 m
745100% crew: 776.93 m
+ BiA : 794.49 m
+ Food: 829.61 m
m
9,000 9,000 54,00054,000 Credits 0080 80 kg

Historical Info

M7 preserved at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

The 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 was an American self-propelled artillery vehicle produced during World War II. It was given the official service name 105 mm Self Propelled Gun, Priest by the British Army, due to the pulpit-like machine gun ring, following on from the Bishop and the contemporary Deacon self-propelled guns.

History

Witnessing the events of the war, U.S. Army observers realized that they would need a self-propelled artillery vehicle with sufficient firepower to support armored operations. Lessons learned with half-tracks (such as the T19) also showed that this vehicle would have to be armored and fully tracked. It was decided to use the M3 Lee chassis as the basis for this new vehicle design, which was designated T32.

The M7 during the liberation of France

After reworking the M3 by providing an open-topped superstructure, mounting a 105 mm howitzer and, following trials, adding a machine gun, the T32 was accepted for service as the M7 in February 1942 and production began that April.

While the first M7s were produced for the U.S. Army, supply was soon diverted to support the Lend-Lease program. Ninety M7s were sent to the British 8th Army in North Africa, who were also the first to use it in battle during the Second Battle of El Alamein as well as their own Bishop: a 25-pounder, howitzer-armed self-propelled gun. The M7 soon proved successful and the British requested 5,500 of them: an order which was never fully completed. They did find problems with the M7 though, as the primary armament was of U.S., not British standard. This meant that the M7s had to be supplied separately, causing logistical complications. It was a problem that was only truly resolved in 1943 on arrival of the 25-pounder-armed Sexton developed by the Canadians on a similar chassis. Until that time though, the British continued to use the M7 throughout the North African Campaign, the Italian Campaign, and even a few during the early days of the Normandy Invasion. After the Sexton appeared, most British M7s were converted into "Kangaroo" armored personnel carriers.

In U.S. service, the M7 was a great success. Each U.S. armored division had three battalions of M7s, giving them unparalleled mobile artillery support.

A total of 3,490 M7s were built, and they proved to be reliable weapons, continuing to see service in the U.S. and allied armies well past World War II.

Variants

Tanks museum Brussels (Belgium)
  • M7 --The first M7s produced were modified M3 Lee medium tanks. In order to maintain a low silhouette, the howitzer elevation had to be restricted to 35°. In May 1942, after only a month of production, the vehicle was altered to increase it's ammunition storage from 24 to 69 rounds. This was achieved by placing seven rounds on the left wall, five on the right, and storing the remainder under floor plates. The M7 also went through a fairly rapid shift from being based on the M3, to having more commonality with the M4 Sherman. The first major example was an adoption of the M4's three-piece housing, single piece casting, and suspension. In British service, some M7s carried a radio set, which took the place of 24 rounds of ammunition.
  • M7B1 -- Completing the shift, the M7B1 was fully based on the M4A3 Sherman chassis. It was standardized in September 1943, and declared the "substitute" standard in January 1945.
  • M7B2 --During the Korean War, the limited elevation of the howitzer became noticeably problematic and it was increased to 65° to increase the effective range of the howitzer. The machine gun mount also had to be raised to give a 360° firing arc.
  • Defrocked Priest -- As one part of the Allied effort to capture Caen and breakout from the Normandy beaches, several M7s had their main gun removed in the field for use as armored personnel carriers and were used in Operation Goodwood. These field modified vehicles were referred to as "Defrocked Priests."
  • Kangaroo -- A Canadian armored personnel carrier (APC) conversion of the M7 for use by British and Commonwealth units in northern Europe. The Kangaroo could carry 20 infantry plus a crew of two. A total of 102 were converted between October 1944 and April 1945. The name "Kangaroo" became generic for all APC conversions of armored fighting vehicles no longer suitable for combat, including Ram conversions.


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