|USA||Turreted TD||Tier V|
Development started in the spring of 1942. After undergoing trials, the decision was made to replace the 57 mm gun with a 75 mm gun. The new design passed trials in the fall of 1942 but never saw service.
The T49 is considered a very fun and overall good tank to play. Its best features are its guns, particularly the 76mm M1A1, along with its superior speed and acceleration. Stock, it is very weak and has low engine power, but once fully upgraded, it is a force to be reckoned with. It can maintain its 61 kph top speed quite easily over all terrain, and though the turret traverse is incredibly slow the tank excels at flanking and exposing weak sides and rear. Its gun can penetrate almost any armor it comes across when hitting weak spots, and by the time they've been hit you'll most likely have had time to run away. In higher tiers, it can even be used as a heavily armed scout. Like most turreted TDs, its armor is sloped but incredibly thin, so don't expect to bounce much. In fact, if you try to use it as a classic stationary sniper TD, you'll probably be destroyed without mercy. However, you will be very successful if you use this tank's superior speed and maneuverability to its best. A good example of this fact is that due to your high speed, you can "chase" enemy scouts, and get some damage done before the scout escapes.
The T49 leads to the M18 Hellcat.
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Pros and Cons
- Great at stealing kills
- Great speed and acceleration
- Excellent guns for its tier
- Can maintain top speed constantly
- Speed can be used to circle low turret traverse tanks
- Good gun depression
- Can penetrate most heavies at it's tier but all tanks you will face will be able to penetrate you (including tier 3 LT's)
- Almost useless armor
- Extremely slow turret traverse
- Common 105 mm howitzer will kill you with one shot, so don't go to front line, use your camouflage and speed to escape if enemy nears you.
The T49 is very similar to its parent tank the M8A1 in many ways. It maintains similar speed and agility characteristics, in fact improving slightly on overall agility, while at the same time gaining some firepower; and while slow, the turret traverse is still faster than that of the M8A1. Its acceleration is phenomenal even for a light tank - only four tanks in game have a better hp/ton (ELC AMX, T2 LT, the BT-2, and the BT-7).
In terms of gun selection, sticking with the 57mm until the 76mm M1A1 is available is seriously worth considering, as the 76mm L/50 lacks in penetration. Additionally, the 57mm's rate of fire more than compensates for its lack of alpha damage. However, a high rate of fire does tend to make a Camouflage Net far less effective. The top tier gun for the T49, the 76mm M1A1, excels in nearly all areas in terms of damage, rate of fire, and penetration over both the 76mm L/50 and the 57mm. Unfortunately, for M1A1 you need the updated (closed-top) turret which cuts your View Range around 20 meters.
If you've played through the American medium tree at all you'll find that the engine will carry over. Be aware that despite the similarity in name, the 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 used by the T49 has "AT" in the name. It is different from the M1A1 used by the M4 Sherman and T1 Heavy, and the gun does not carry over from the medium/heavy line.
T49 can be used to scout in some extend. Use this as your advantage and with your speed, locate enemy tanks, report their location to your team, track and do damage to them and escape before they even realize you were there. However, you are still a tank destroyer and your gun is too powerful to be wasted by dying too early in game, so be careful. Also note that you don't have the same camo rating when moving as light tanks even if your camo holds well when sitting stationary in a bush.
The T49, once fully upgraded, can almost be played in a manner similar to that of a scout or flanker. You're fragile (very important to remember this), you have excellent firepower for your tier, and you retain the ability to sneak up on the enemy. Play the T49 as a second line tank and you will succeed. Don't lead a push, as your armor can't take the hits. Simply follow the main push, support the tanks that are pushing, and clean up the stragglers. Or you can snipe at long range with that excellent gun of yours
- The radios carry over from the M8A1 and the best one should be installed immediately. The 76 mm AT Gun M7 L/50 carries also carries over but requires the second suspension and turret.
- The 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 carries over from the T40 if you played it previously, but again it requires the second suspension and turret.
- Research the Wright Continental R-975C4 engine first if you don't already have it unlocked.
- Next research the upgraded suspension.
- Now you can research the second turret in preparation for the 76 mm AT guns.
- Go from there.
On April 18, 1942, it was agreed to construct two prototypes that would be identified as the T49 Gun Motor Carriage. It was to be mobile, weigh around 12 tons, have a crew of five, reach a speed of 50 mph, armor was to be 7/8" on the turret, and 3/8" all around on the hull.
The first prototype was tested and as a result the Tank Destroyer Command and the Ordnance Department wanted the second prototype to have a 75 mm M3 gun. This became the T67 Gun Motor Carriage. It was to have its armor increased to 1" in front. The side armor was reduced and the top and bottom was increased.
The prototypes had helical coil suspensions. Two Buick 320 cubic inch gasoline engines produced a total of 330 HP.In late 1942, after the testing of a prototype at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Special Armored Vehicle Board recommended that the T67 have a standard engine, a 76 mm gun, and a torsion bar suspension. The Secretary of War approved the building of six prototypes. These would carry the 76 mm M1 in an open turret without a basket. The Continental R975-C1 engine was used. These prototypes were designated the T70 Gun Motor Carriage.
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