M4A2 (76) W

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This page is about the premium USSR Nation-su.png M4A2 (76) W, if you are looking for the standard American variant, see M4A2 (76) W Sherman


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General info

The Soviet Nation-su.png M4A2 Sherman in the garage.

The Nation-su.png M4A2 (76) W is a premium Rank III Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 5.0. It was introduced in Update 1.45 "Steel Generals". This vehicle is the lend-lease version of the U.S. M4A2 (76) Sherman utilized by the USSR. It costs 2,980 Golden Eagles.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Use this tank as a support weapon for allies with longer reloads. Working with allies allows the 76mm gun to be effective. When engaging Rank 3 German tanks like the tiger and panther be very careful! With the tiger try to shoot the sides and front upper hull.

If the Tiger can get a single hit through the front hull of your tank you are pretty much done for, so shoot first! With the panther shoot the gun mantlet, sides and the front of the turret.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The M1A2 76mm cannon provides adequate firepower against enemy AFVs
  • Good mobility
  • Sloped armour at the front provides good protection against shells
  • Fast turret traverse
  • Wide range of gun depression and elevation

Cons:

  • Weak armour overall, only the front is worth mentioning
  • Gun not able to fight every tank at its tier at an equal level

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 76 mm Gun M1A2 (71 rounds)
1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (600 rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (3,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 76 mm Gun M1A2
  • Ammunition Capacity: 71 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 19.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm Gun M1A2
  • Ammunition Capacity: 71 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm Gun M1A2
  • Ammunition Capacity: 71 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
M62 Shell 127 125 116 106 97 89 APCBC 792 7 1.2 20 63.7 +4° 42° 27° 19°
M42A1 Shell 7 7 7 7 7 7 HE 800 5.8 0.1 0.5 390 11° 10°
M79 Shot 155 154 131 107 88 72 AP 792 6.8 N/A N/A N/A -1° 43° 30° 25°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the M4A1 (76) W Sherman.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
71 57 (+14) 43 (+28) 29 (+42) 15 (+56) (+70) Keep full Yes

Secondary armaments

1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (pintle mount)
1 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919A4 machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret, Transmission area)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 63.5 mm (47°) 38.1 mm 38.1 mm 19.5 mm
Turret 88.9 mm 63.5 mm 63.5 mm 25.4 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, bogies are 10 mm thick, and tracks are 20 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 33.0 ton

Max Speed: 51 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 635 hp @ 2900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.24 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 38°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 782 hp @ 2900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 23.70 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 33.0 ton

Max Speed: 46 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 363 hp @ 2900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.97 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 410 hp @ 2900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.42 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 33.0 ton

Max Speed: 46 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 363 hp @ 2900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.97 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 410 hp @ 2900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.42 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The Battle of France in 1940 proved to America that their current tank arsenal would not be able to withstand a German assault. The only tanks in their inventory at that time was the M2 Light Tanks and the M2 Medium Tank, both are inadequate against the German Panzer IIIs and the Panzer IVs. The US Army in response ordered for a tank armed with a 75 mm gun. While a 75 mm gun was available for use, a turret mounting the gun on a tank was not. So while the turret and tank design underwent development, the 75 mm would be mounted on the stopgap design, the M3 Lee tank, in a sponson mount. During the M3's development, the designs of the 75 mm armed vehicle were submitted by the Ordnance Department. On April 1941, the Armored Force Board chose the simplest of the designs, which was a redesigned M3 hull and chassis with a turret mounting the 75 mm gun designated the T6, completed in September 1941. This tank would then designated the M4 Sherman. The production for the Shermans began on October 1941 and would continue to be produced until the end of the war in 1945 with more than 50,000 units produced, making it the second most-produced tank in World War II before the T-34 tank.

Design

Many variants of the Shermans were produced, but they all followed a similar layout. The driver and bow gunner sat in the front, the fighting compartment in the middle housed the turret and the commander, gunner, and loader, and in the back was the engine compartment. The Sherman used many features present in previous American tank designs, the vertical volute suspension system (VVSS) and radial engine from the M2 Light Tanks, and the sloping armour of the M2 Medium Tanks. This became a contributing factor on the Sherman's reliability on the field. The M4A2(76)W Sherman model ran on a diesel engine and was fielded by the US Marine Corps and lent to allies in the Lend-Lease program. The M4A2 had a welded body, presenting a 47 degree sloped armour that gave a protection value of 118 mm in effectiveness. This variant mounted the 76 mm gun instead of the usual 75 mm. With standard armour-piercing round, it could penetrate 109 mm at 1,000 meters. The "W" designation on the Sherman indicated that the vehicle had the "wet stowage" feature in response to complaints that the Sherman can easily catch fire due to exploding ammunition. The "wet stowage" encased the ammo containers in a liquid mixture that would douse the flames when penetrated. This feature was only present after February 1944 and considerably decreased the rate of Sherman fires.

The 76 mm gun was developed in 1942 and gave Sherman tanks a better gun in order to be able to compete against future tank developments. However the 75 mm in North Africa was quite capable against German tanks of the time, and it was found that the 76 mm gun was unable to be mounted onto the regular Sherman turret, so it was sidelined. It was not until 1943 that the project was revitalized, first with the installment of the T23 turret that could fit on the Sherman and hold the 76 mm gun, second was the appearance of the more armoured German Tiger I and Panther tanks. The 75 mm could not penetrate the front of these, so orders for the 76 mm Shermans were made to counter these.

Lend-Lease

Due to the Lend-Lease act, the M4 Sheman became a very popular item sought out for by countries allied with the United States. Shermans were given out to Britain, Free France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, and the USSR. The USSR received about 4,102 M4 Shermans due to Lend-Lease, accounting about 18% of the total Shermans lended out. The Shermans given to the USSR were in a close 50-50 balance between 75 mm and 76 mm armaments, though the first 76 mm armed tanks arrived in the summer of 1944. The Shermans were common enough that some Mechanized Corps were able to standardize solely on the Shermans rather than the domestic produced T-34.

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

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

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-sov.png M4A2 (76) W
Nation USA (USSR)
Type Medium tank
Rank 3
Battle Rating
5.0
5.0
5.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
33,000 kg
72,752 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
63.5/38.1/38.1/25.4 mm
2.5/1.5/1.5/1.0 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
635 hp
363 hp
363 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
782 hp
410 hp
410 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
19.24
19.55
11.00
11.18
11.00
11.18
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
23.70
24.08
12.42
12.62
12.42
12.62
Max speed
51 km/h
32.0 mph
46 km/h
28.5 mph
46 km/h
28.5 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 76 mm M1A2 Cannon
Ammo stowage 71 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/25°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 600 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -10°/30°
Horizontal guidance -60°/60°
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,000 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost 2,980 GE
Crew training cost 10,000 SL
Max repair cost*
2,000 SL
2,370 SL
2,790 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
1d 01h
1d 22h
2d 01h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
8h 26m
15h 37m
16h 22m
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