M48A2 C

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M48A2 C
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
115 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
110 / 76 / 35Hull
173 / 76 / 51Turret
47.8 tWeight
1574 hp825 hpEngine power
32.9 hp/t17.3 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
57 km/h forward
14 km/h back
51 km/h forward
13 km/h back
90 mm M41 cannonMain weapon
46 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsFirst-order
7.5 / 9.7 sReload
-9° / 19°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm M85 machine gunMachinegun
900 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
626 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 60°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm M73 machine gunCoaxial weapon
5950 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
160000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7950 / 11829/3900 / 5803/4400 / 6547Repair
110000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1300 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German medium tank M48A2 C. For the version in the American tree, see M48A1.


GarageImage M48A2 C.jpg

The M48A2 C is a rank V German medium tank with a battle rating of 7.3 (AB/SB) and 7.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull roof, hull rear - engine vents, turret roof, turret ring)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (hull, turret, cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 85-200 mm (59-74°) Front glacis
63-200 mm (13-60°) Lower glacis
76 mm (5-45°) Front
51 mm (0-44°) Rear
35 mm Top
25 mm (32-62°) Bottom
57 mm (0-58°)
30 mm Engine access panel
12.7 mm (76°) Engine vents
Turret 83.2-173 mm (0-48°) Turret front
152 + 82 mm (17-26°) Gun mantlet
69-100 mm (12-36°) 51-55 mm (2-71°)
25.4 mm (75-82°) Underpart of the turret
25-69 mm
Cupola 70 mm


  • Suspension wheels, tracks and torsion bars are 20 mm thick.
  • The turret ring is 70 mm thick.

The armour of the M48A2 C is identical to the US M48A1. The ammo rack in the turret is removed and the shape of the front hull ammo racks are improved. The front armour is able to handle almost most APHE shells it might face, but struggles against HEAT-FS and APDS rounds. The lower front plate is a weak spot. The sides are decently armoured, but not thick enough to make angling the hull a valid tactic. Some thin vents on the top of the hull are vulnerable to strafing runs by enemy aircraft, which may cause engine fires. Overall, the M48A2 C has excellent armour protection for its tier.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 57 14 47.8 1,279 1574 26.76 32.93
Realistic 51 13 730 825 15.27 17.26


Main armament

Main article: M41 (90 mm)
90 mm M41 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 46 -9°/+19° ±180° N/A 22.80 31.46 38.40 42.50 45.18 9.70 8.63 7.90 7.50
Realistic 14.30 16.87 20.40 22.60 24.00


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
M332 shot APCR 321 316 292 265 240 218
M82 shot APCBC 185 182 170 155 142 130
M431 shell HEATFS 320 320 320 320 320 320
DM502 HESH 102 102 102 102 102 102
M71 shell HE 13 13 13 13 13 13
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
M332 shot APCR 1,249 5.70 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
M82 shot APCBC 853 10.94 1.2 14.0 137.2 48° 63° 71°
M431 shell HEATFS 1,216 5.80 N/A 0.1 712.64 65° 72° 77°
DM502 HESH 853 10.60 0.4 0.1 3,050 73° 77° 80°
M71 shell HE 823 10.55 0.1 0.5 925 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
Screen deploy time
Screen hold time
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M313 821 10.7 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M48A2 C
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
46 42 (+4) 28 (+18) 16 (+30) (+45) No


  • The "4th" ammunition rack is a ready rack, and it will refill from the other racks (in the same order) when it is depleted.
  • The ammunition depletes after every two shots, except for the last two shells in the 3rd rack.

Machine guns

12.7 mm M85
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 900 (200) 625 -10°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm M73
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 5,950 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Stock Gameplay:

As with any vehicle, the M48A2 C finds itself at a serious disadvantage while stock. Without access to the APCBC or HEAT-FS rounds, players will need to use this vehicle more carefully. While other modifications like night vision devices or smoke grenades can be helpful, the stock M332 APCR round is a much larger issue. The stock round has awful post penetration damage, so players will need to try and disable individual modules or pick off individual crew members. However, this can be a time consuming process so M48A2 C players will need to make sure not to focus too much on one damaged enemy, as another enemy may come to their aid.

Spaded Gameplay:

The M48A2 C is a powerful tank. The M431 HEAT-FS round has adequate penetration, and in the event that a round with higher post penetration effects is needed, the M82 APCBC is also available. The gun and reload rate are comparable to other main battle tanks of the battle rating, although the M48A2 C relies on its HEAT-FS round for most situations. The armour on the M48A2 C is adequate, able to bounce enemy shells depending on the angle. The night vision image intensifier equipment and IR lamp can be a big advantage during night battles, but M48A2 C players should be careful not to expose themselves using their own IR lamp. The M48A2 C does not excel spectacularly in any way, but it is an adequate medium tank that is well suited to most situations.

Close Range Engagements:

The M48A2 C is capable at close range, but it is not exceptional. It has decent acceleration and gun handling, meaning it will do decently. Additionally the armour can prove useful even at close range. The only issue for the M48A2 C at close range is the post penetration on the HEAT-FS round. Generally using the APCBC round is more effective at close ranges.

Long Range Engagements:

The M48A2 C is very capable at long range. The HEAT-FS round will easily penetrate almost any enemy tank at any range. The biggest issues the M48A2 C will face in regards to long range engagements is the velocity and drop on the HEAT-FS round. Once this can be accounted for, it will perform very well. Additionally, the armour is even more effective at long range.

Gameplay summary:

Although the M48A2 C is very difficult to play when stock, it is an adequate frontline tank while spaded. The good HEAT-FS round gives it a strong position in the German tech tree. The M48A2 C is a true main battle tank, and will perform well in any situation. The one disadvantage the M48 may suffer from is a lack of a stabilizer on the main gun. While most tanks which it faces also lack stabilization, those that have it will have a big advantage over the M48A2 C.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive Smoke grenade M82 shot
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire DM502
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism M431 shell NVD
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support M313 Rangefinder

Pros and cons


  • Decent frontal hull armour, impenetrable UFP for most conventional ammo
  • Good firepower
  • Good mobility
  • Has a commander's .50 calibre machine gun
  • APCBC round with devastating high-explosive filler for great damage upon penetration
  • Surprisingly survivable, two crew members often survive a shot
  • Gun mantlet tend to stop conventional rounds
  • More favourable matchmaking compared to other 90-mm armed M48 Pattons


  • Difficult APCR stock grind
  • Turret armour isn't reliable
  • Commander's cupola weak spot
  • Ineffective armour in an uptier
  • No stabilizer
  • Ammunition explosions are common as most of the shells are in the front next to the driver


In the mid 1950's, West Germany received several version of the M48 Patton III tank from the US. In 1958, one of these versions was the M48A2 Patton III. This version included a 750 HP engine and a 90mm M41 cannon, as well an M85 .50 caliber machine gun mounted in the commander's cupola, and a coaxially mounted 7.62mm machine gun. In the same year, these tanks would receive an upgraded 825 HP engine, as well as other minor changes and would be designated as the M48A2 C in German service. This version saw service until the 1970's were it was replaced by the M48A2 GA2.



See also

  • M48A1 - Basic M48 version that the M48A2 C was upgraded from.
  • Magach 3 (USA) - An upgraded M48 tank from a pack in the USA tech tree.
  • M48A2 G A2 - An upgraded version of the M48A2 C with a 105 mm gun.

External links

Germany medium tanks
Pz.III  Pz.III B · Pz.III E · Pz.III F · Pz.III J · Pz.III J1 · Pz.III L · Pz.III M · Pz.III N
Pz.IV  Pz.IV C · Pz.IV E · Pz.IV F1 · Pz.IV F2 · Pz.IV G · Pz.IV H · Pz.IV J · Pz.Bef.Wg.IV J
Pz.V  Panther A · Panther D · Panther F · Panther G · Ersatz M10 · Panther II
Trophies  ▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r)
Post-war  KPz-70 · mKPz M47 G · M48A2 C · M48A2 G A2 · M48 Super
Leopard  Leopard I · Leopard A1A1 · Leopard A1A1 (L/44) · C2A1 · Leopard 2K · Leopard 2A4 · Leopard 2A5