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Tu-1 Pack
This page is about the American medium tank M26E1. For other variants, see M26 (Family).
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When the M26 Pershing was developed, it was already recognized to be lacking in comparable firepower to the German counterparts, which had the long-barreled 88 mm KwK 43 cannon on the Tiger II tanks. The US attempted to remedy this issue with the 90 mm T15 cannon with the T26E4 tanks, but these were considered cumbersome due to their extremely large cartridges, hindering the reload process within the tank. Further development led to the 90 mm T54 cannon, which had comparable firepower to the T15 cannon, but with a smaller ammunition for easier reloading within the tank. This new gun was installed into a prototype designated M26E1, however the post-war environment in terms of budget cuts and lack of need to produce new tanks led to the project's discontinuation and none of the tanks were considered.

Introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns", the M26E1 has a very similar profile to the M26 aside from its very long L/73 90 mm Gun T54. However, this allows the M26 medium tank profile to have similar firepower to the T26E1-1 "Super Pershing" and T32 heavy tank to be able to compete against Rank IV vehicles at a faster reload rate. That said, the extra long barrel length compared to the hull can be a weak spot as enemies can snipe the tank barrel poking out of cover and disable the M26E1's firepower. The armour and mobility remains similar, if not the same, as the standard M26.

Originally an in-game premium vehicle purchasable with Golden Eagles Ge icon.png, it has since been removed from in-game sale after the 9th Anniversary Sale.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull101 / 76 / 51
Turret101 / 76 / 76
Crew5 people
Visibility105 %

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Front, turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Side, Rear, Roof)
  • Structural steel (Exterior boxes, Rear counterweight)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 101.6 mm (12-46°) Front glacis
162.5 mm (25-60°) Upper front glacis
76.2 mm (28-53°) Lower glacis
76.2 mm Front
50.8 mm (0-3°) Rear
50.8 mm (7°) Top
22.2 mm (71°) Bottom
22.2 mm
Turret 101.6 mm (9-73°) Turret front
114.3 mm (1-84°) Gun mantlet
76.2 mm (2-54°) 76.2 (0-79°) + 100 mm (2°) 25.4 mm
Cupola 76.2 mm 76.2 mm 76.2 mm 25.4 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 25.4 mm thick.
  • Counterweight on the turret rear is made of structural steel.

Any tactic that works with the M26 Pershing can work with the M26E1. While its gun is quite potent, it also has quite a lengthy reload time after firing, minimum 11 seconds with an ace crew. As such, an M26E1 that fired is a great opportunity to pounce on provided no other enemies are around that remains a threat.

The M26E1 has the same armour as the M26 Pershing, so any weapons that can cleave through one's armour can go through the other's. The best target is for a straight-on hit on the front glacis as the direct effective thickness is 146 mm of cast armour (137 mm when applying the cast armour modifier of x0.94.). Side armour is also quite thin, ranging from 50 to 76 mm and can thus be easily pierced by most weapons at the BR.


Speedforward / back
AB54 / 18 km/h
RB and SB49 / 16 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight42.9 t
Engine power
AB954 hp
RB and SB500 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB22.2 hp/t
RB and SB11.7 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 54 18 42.9 775 954 18.07 22.24
Realistic 49 16 442 500 10.3 11.66

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 510 Sl icon.png
RB2 942 Sl icon.png
SB3 847 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts340 000 Sl icon.png
Aces890 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 180 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 130 / 190 / 220 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 184 / 184 / 184 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Mods new tank suspension.png
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Brake System
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Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
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Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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Artillery Support


Main armament

Ammunition41 rounds
First-order5 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
14.4 → 11.1 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 15°
Main article: T54 (90 mm)
90 mm T54 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 41 -10°/+15° ±180° N/A 20.0 27.7 33.6 37.2 39.5 14.43 12.76 11.77 11.10
Realistic 12.5 14.7 17.9 19.7 21.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP Shot APBC 211 208 193 177 162 148
HE Shell HE 26 25 24 22 20 18
T41 APCBC 224 220 205 187 171 157
HVAP Shot APCR 336 330 304 274 248 223
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
AP Shot APBC 975 10.9 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HE Shell HE 975 10.6 0.2 0.1 925 79° 80° 81°
T41 APCBC 975 10.91 1.2 14 137.2 48° 63° 71°
HVAP Shot APCR 1,143 7.6 - - - 66° 70° 72°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M26E1. Turret storage (1) is a 5 round ready rack. Floor storage (2) is consumed from left to right.
rack empty
rack empty
41 (+36) (+40) Yes

Machine guns

Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate575 shots/min
Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate575 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 70°
Horizontal guidance-60° / 60°
Main article: M2HB (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 600 (200) 577 -10°/+70° ±60°
Coaxial 600 (200) 577 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The M26E1 was a post-World War II modification of the standard M26 Pershing. This modification changes the barrel length to 73 calibres long with the new 90 mm T54 gun. The gun offers some of the most powerful penetration in-game for Rank IV and is equipped with AP, HE, APCBC and HVAP Rounds. The M26E1 suffers from a very weak side and rear armour, though this is a common weakness on every tank. The front and front part of the turret is able to bounce some enemy shots but can be penetrated by most other tanks in its 6.7 Battle Rating range so beware.

Playing the M26E1 is similar to the M26 Pershing. Armour and mobility of the two tanks are the same. The only advantage sticking out is the M26E1's more powerful gun due to the longer length. Though more powerful, the reload time is also longer than the normal M26 Pershing, so the playstyle should be more conservative to avoid being caught in an attack while reloading.

Though equipped with a very powerful gun, the M26E1 suffers from the same M26 Pershing armour. Thus, it is very vulnerable to most tanks at its rank and so most of its combat life should be taking cover and avoiding large open spaces. The M26E1 presents the same mobility of the Pershing so this can be exploited in close quarters over the more cumbersome Panther, Tiger II, and IS-2's. Staying in cover and scooting out to take out the enemy from their weak points on the front or their vulnerable side armour should be the prime attack move for the M26E1 before retreating back into cover.

Fighting against medium tanks will be relatively easy due to the gun's penetration value. Unless bounced, the gun could even penetrate the front glacis of the Panther tanks. The main problem the tank will face is the Tiger II and T32 heavy tanks and the later IS tanks such as the IS-3 and IS-4M due to their thick front armour. Flanking may be necessary for these heavy tanks, but some accurate shots to some known weak points on the front of these tanks can also work.

  • Tiger II (P) and (H): These are the more common German heavy tanks seen with the battle rating and are the most dangerous. The best tactic is to use the 90 mm gun to penetrate the turret cheeks and knock out the gunner. In the time period when the firing method is disabled, move in with the M26E1's mobility and hit it on the sides if possible.
  • Jagdpanther: The 88 mm gun is a threat to the tank, but in close range, the 90 mm APCBC round can penetrate the front armour, and the APCR can be used if wanting a definite result.
  • IS-2: The IS-2 tank's 122 mm cannon can make short work of the M26E1, thus it is best to avoid being shot at in the first place. If in the situation where a fight with the IS-2 must be head on, fire a round through the turret cheeks and incapacitate the gunner for a more opportune moment to aim to destroy the tank. Shooting a lower glacis also works and if lucky may even knock out the tank.

Pros and cons


  • Armed with the long 90 mm gun seen on the T26E1-1, the T32 or the T32E1
  • The gun's optics have a magnification level of 5x, making it good at both close range target acquisition and long range sniping
  • The T41 APCBC shell is comparable to the Tiger II's APCBC shell; presenting great accuracy, velocity, penetration values, and damage potential
  • Fires one of the best APCR shells in the game. Has high penetration values that can cut right though the front of the Jagdtiger's superstructure at ranges exceeding 500 m
  • 10 degrees of gun depression give the ability to fight hull down and shoot from ridge lines
  • Armed with two .50 cal machine guns that are good at damaging lightly-armoured vehicles
  • The M26E1 is routinely underestimated by the enemy team. Many players will think this tank is just a mere M26, not realizing that this tank has the same firepower as a Super Pershing or a T32


  • The reload rate is mediocre, several seconds slower than the Tiger II's 88 mm
  • Frontal armour is not adequate against its competition, with long 88 mm and 122 mm shells able to slice right through it at ranges exceeding 1,000 m
  • Small crew compartment. Enemy APHE shells that enter the tank will kill the entire crew with ease
  • Despite the good gun depression, the turret armour is mediocre at best. Continued turret exposure is ill-advised
  • Underwhelming top speed for a medium tank
  • Low total ammunition count for the 90 mm gun, and a small first stage ammo rack that only holds 5 shells
  • Players mistaking this tank for a mere M26 is a double-edged sword, as many enemy players will just engage the M26E1 like a M26


The M26E1 was a post-war variant of the M26 Pershing with the intent on increasing its firepower. During World War II, the 90 mm M3 mounted on the original M26 Pershing was equivalent to the German 88 mm KwK36 on the Tiger I. But looking for an upgrade, Ordnance developed the T15E1 90 mm gun, which was equivalent to the 88 mm KwK43 on the Tiger II. This cannon was mounted on the then development model T26E1 to make the T26E1-1 tank. The T15E1 90 mm cannon was visibly much longer than the original 90 mm M3, with the length of 73 calibres compared to the 53 calibres of the M3 cannon. This allowed the cannon to have a much larger ammo charge and muzzle velocity. The first T26E1-1 model made was the only "Super Pershing" model sent to Europe.

A second version was made from the T26E3 model, the production model of the T26E1, with a modified gun to use two-piece ammunition rather than a one-piece version, plus a new gun mounting to remove the stabilizer springs required to hold the gun. 25 of these tanks were built and were designated the T26E4.

After World War II, two military model M26 Pershings were converted to mount the T54 gun, which was essentially the same 90 mm cannon as the T15E1 but had ammunition which was shorter and fatter than the previous versions. The muzzle brake was shaved down from two to one baffle to compensate for the smaller chamber the cannon presented. This M26 Pershing with the T54 cannons was designated the M26E1 Medium Tank, but production was never reached due to budget constraints.

Archive of the in-game description

Two models of the M26E1 medium tank were built. They were equipped with long-barreled, single-load 90 mm cannons that were supposed to be statistically superior to German 88 mm guns with 71-calibre barrels. The project became irrelevant when the war ended and was abandoned.



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