Light Tank M2A2

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General info

M2A2 in the garage.

The M2A2 is a Rank I American light tank with a battle rating of 1.0. It was introduced in Update 1.49 (1.70.1945) "Weapons of Victory". Armed with two turrets, one with a .50 cal machine gun, this tank relies on the penetrating power of its .50 caliber rounds to destroy targets, making it quite troublesome to use in frontal engagements.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The M2A2 is a strange vehicle as a twin-turreted machine-gun armament only vehicle. It is however, fast, and could be sped around as a scout tank to get on the enemy's side. The .50 cal main armament makes the necessary as it could only penetrate ~20 mm at standard ranges, meaning that it was only effective against the reserves of other nations, and even so the machine guns may only be effective when shot at the sides. It is best to not go around the map without a buddy with a cannon to provide a substantial upgrade in firepower should it come face to face with the enemy.

Another way to use the M2A2 is as a SPAA. The turrets have decent gun elevation so hitting aircraft is quite easy. The .30 and .50 cal machine guns are very good at destroying any planes at its BR or at least will cripple them. It is recommended to turn the hull with the turrets so you can fire both guns and will not end up only firing one.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Ridiculously fast.
  • Maneuverable(ish).
  • Accurate in the long run
  • High fire rate
  • Fast reload

Cons:

  • In an event in which the .50 gunner dies, the only effective gun will be the useless .30 machine gun.
  • Twin turret can not turn to each other, meaning they are stuck to only their side's angles.
  • Any collision can result in the driver and co-driver's knockout, or worse the entire crew.
  • Thin armour
  • Terrible steering, not adequate under gear 2.
  • Will have a hard time front armour of many tanks, even reserve tanks. Flanking is a necessity in order to do any relevant damage
  • Unless targeting thinly armoured targets, the .50 cal will have trouble getting killing blows on actual tanks.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (1,400 rounds)
2 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (19,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (mounted on left turret)
  • Ammunition Capacity: 1400 rounds (200 round magazines)
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Fire Rate: 576 rounds per minute
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.9°/s (Stock), 12.3°/s (Upgraded), 15.1°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 16.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 17.6°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 10.4s (Stock), 9.2s (Full Crew), 8.48s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 8.0s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (mounted on left turret)
  • Ammunition Capacity: 1400 rounds (200 round magazines)
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Fire Rate: 576 rounds per minute
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.9°/s (Stock), 10.5°/s (Upgraded), 12.75°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 14.1°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 15°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 10.4s (Stock), 9.2s (Full Crew), 8.48s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 8.0s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (mounted on left turret)
  • Ammunition Capacity: 1400 rounds (200 round magazines)
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Fire Rate: 576 rounds per minute
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.9°/s (Stock), 10.5°/s (Upgraded), 12.75°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 14.1°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 15°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 10.4s (Stock), 9.2s (Full Crew), 8.48s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 8.0s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Belt Penetration in mm @ Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Universal I,AP,AP,AP,T 28 27 19 14 8 4 887 0.04
API AP-I,AP-I,API-T 28 27 16 12 7 5 887 0.04
AP AP,AP,AP,AP,API-T 28 27 19 14 8 5 887 0.04
APIT API-T 27 26 18 12 7 5 887 0.04
Round types
  • AP - M2 Armour-piercing bullet
  • I - M1 Incendiary bullet
  • T - M1 Tracer bullet
  • AP-I - M8 Armour-piercing incendiary bullet
  • API-T - M20 Armour-piercing incendiary tracer bullet
Ammo racks
Ammo rack of M2A2
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
7 4 (+3) 6 (+1) None No

Secondary armaments

1 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (right turret)
1 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (hull-mounted)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 4 Crew member

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 15.8 mm (20°) Driver port
15.8 mm (71°) Front Glacis
15.8 mm (18-59°) Lower Glacis
12.7 mm 6.35 mm 6.35 mm
Turret 15.8 mm (2°) 15.8 mm (0-1°) 15.8 mm (2°) 6.35 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 15.8 mm (2°) 6.35 mm

Engine & mobility

Weight: 8.7 ton

Max Speed: 80 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 308 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 35.40 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 379 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 43.56 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 8.7 ton

Max Speed: 72 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 232 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 26.67 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 262 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 30.11 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 8.7 ton

Max Speed: 72 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 232 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 26.67 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 262 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 30.11 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

Like every other vehicles, the "Parts" and "FPE" modifications should be prioritized for increased vehicle survival. After that, prioritize on the different ammunition, aiming for "APIT". Everything else are extra, but still essentials to upgrading the vehicle. In Tier IV, "Artillery Support" will also directly help battlefield performance.

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The M2 Light Tank series was an American pre-World War II design as their answer to a fast, effective tank in a cavalry role.

The idea of light tanks started with the Defense Act of 1920, which defined tanks as an infantry support weapon, but the idea of a cavalry role for the tanks were brought up by multiple theorists, to which the British were the first to incorporate with the cruiser tanks. Limitation in American development lead to the establishment of light tanks as the combat cars. The development team soon looked at the tank prototypes T1 Light Tank and the T2 medium tank and decide to use them as the basis for the light tank design.

Modifications made onto the experimental tanks, mostly installing the new Vertical Volute Spring Suspension (VVSS) that would be the main suspension in future American tank development, made the tanks into the M2A1 Light Tank. The main version used before the war was designated the M2A2, which had two turrets, both with a .50 caliber M2 Browning as its armament. However, the Spanish Civil War showed that this kind of tank is insufficient in tank warfare, so initially the design was revised with improved armour up to 22 mm (M2A3) and then with one turret with a 37 mm cannon, this would become the M2A4, which would be the main light tank variant in US service before World War II broke out.

Combat usage

Although the M2 light tanks were promising in their introduction, they were soon succeeded by the M3 and M5 light tanks. The M2 light tanks were seen by armament as a stopgap solution for the dire need of tanks and a development project for tank improvements. By December 1941, the M2 light tanks were being used for training only in the US Army, but the Marine Corps used them in the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Pacific due to the lack of M3 light tanks available.

Britain ordered some M2 light tanks in early 1941 in part of the Lend-Lease Act, but only 36 were delivered before switching to the improved M3 light tanks.

A unique feature on the M2 Light tank was the number of machine guns it could house. Aside from the coaxial and the bow gunner's ball mounted one, two machine guns were fixed facing forward on the sides of the hull, fired by the driver. Another M1919 Browning machine gun could be mounted on the turret top for anti-aircraft use.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the M2A2 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] M2A2 / 4M GAZ-AAA / BF109B-1

References


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Icon-country-usa.png M2A2
Nation USA
Type Light tank
Rank 1
Battle Rating
1.0
1.0
1.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
8,700 kg
19,180 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
15.8/12.7/6.35/6.35 mm
0.62/0.5/0.25/0.25 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
308 hp
232 hp
232 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
379 hp
262 hp
262 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
35.40
35.97
26.67
27.09
26.67
27.09
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
43.56
44.26
30.11
30.60
30.11
30.60
Max speed
80 km/h
50 mph
72 km/h
45 mph
72 km/h
45 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,400 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Horizontal guidance -170°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 9,500 rounds
Mount 2nd turret
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Horizontal guidance -5°/160°
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 9,500 rounds
Mount Hull mount
Economy
Required RP 2,900 RP
Vehicle cost 700 SL
Crew training cost 200 SL
Max repair cost*
70 SL
100 SL
110 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
14m
28m
28m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
4m
9m
9m
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