M2A2

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Light Tank M2A2
us_m2a2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.0/1.0/1.0BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
8.7 tWeight
5 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunWeapon 1
1 400 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
-170° / 20°Horizontal guidance
19 000 roundsAmmunition
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
2 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png120 / 155/90 / 116/70 / 90Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the light tank M2A2. For other uses, see M2 (Disambiguation)

Description

GarageImage M2A2.jpg


The Light Tank M2A2 is a Rank I American light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 (1.70.1945) "Weapons of Victory".

The most common and most used American tank in pre-war years. The M2A2 was armed with a .50 and .30 caliber machine gun. The Spanish Civil War showed that tanks with MG main armament were ineffective. This led to the upgrade to the M2A4. In game, the M2A2 is lightning fast, with very weak armor and a subpar armament.

General info

Survivability and armour

The whole armor is made out of rolled homogeneous armor plates. Tracks provide 15 mm of armor.

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 (2-61°) 6.35 mm
Turret 15.8 mm (0-2°) Turret front
15.8 mm (2°) Gun mantlet'
15.8 mm (0-1°) 15.8 mm (2°) 6.35 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 15.8 mm (2°) 6.35 mm

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor

weight (tons)

Max speed (km/h)
8.7 N/A 80 (AB)
72 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 308 379
Realistic/Simulator 232 262
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 35.40 43.56
Realistic/Simulator 26.67 30.11

Armaments

Main armament

12.7 mm M2HB
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/min)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
1,400 (200) 577 -10°/+20° -170°/+20° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 18.90 19.76 __.__ __.__ 28.24
Realistic 8.93 10.5 __.__ __.__ 15.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
10.4 __.__ __.__ 8.00
Ammo racks
Ammo rack of M2A2
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
7 4 (+3) 6 (+1) No

Machine guns

Main article: M1919A4 (7.62 mm)

The M2A2 is armed with a secondary 30 cal. machine gun in a separate turret. This leads to it and the main turret to be unable to rotate 360 degrees. The 30 cal can be somewhat useful against very lightly armored AA vehicles and can be used as a distraction for an enemy tanks.

Usage in battles

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.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast, can reach 60 km/h on a road in AB.
  • Maneuverable(ish).
  • Accurate in the long run
  • High fire rate

Cons:

  • Armour is only sufficient to protect itself against machine gun fire.
  • Pathetic armament, which can be used only against anti-air vehicles and some sides or rears of tanks, but not all.
  • Cramped crew.
  • Two non-fully rotating turrets.
  • In an event in which the .50 gunner is knocked out, the only effective gun will be the useless .30 machine gun.
  • Any collision can result in the driver and co-driver's knockout, or worse the entire crew.
  • Terrible steering, not adequate under gear 2.

History

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.

Media

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

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USA light tanks
  LVT(A)(1) · M8 · M22 · M24 · M24 (TL) · T18E2
M2  M2A2 · M2A4 · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.)
Stuart  M3 Stuart · M3A1 Stuart · M3A1 (USMC) · M5A1 · M5A1 (5th arm.div.) · M8 HMC
Post-war  M41A1 · T92 · M551 · M3 Bradley