M4A1 (75) W (China)

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RANK 6 SWEDEN
CV 90105 TML PACK
␗Medium Tank M4A1 (75) W Sherman
cn_m4a1_76w_sherman.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.0/4.0/4.0BR
5 peopleCrew
122 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
63 / 38 / 38Hull
63 / 63 / 63Turret
Mobility
32.7 tWeight
878 hp460 hpEngine power
27 hp/t14 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
42 km/h forward
5 km/h back
37 km/h forward
4 km/h back
Speed
Armament
75 mm M3 cannonMain weapon
71 roundsAmmunition
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
-10° / 25°Vertical guidance
verticalStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
600 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 30°Vertical guidance
-60° / 60°Horizontal guidance
3 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
170 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 300 / 2 960/3 200 / 4 118/3 000 / 3 861Repair
49 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
170 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
630 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage M4A1 (75) W (China).jpg


The ␗Medium Tank M4A1 (75) W Sherman is a rank III Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

The armour layout of the M4A1 (75) W is identical to that of M4A1 (76) W, turret- and hull-wise. Taking out a M4A1 (75) W is not a difficult task to do for most cannons it will face. It can take a few hits from Pz IIIs that are equipped with KwK39 (50 mm), Shermans equipped with M3 (75 mm) and T-34 and KV-1's equipped with the L-11 (76 mm) that will have a difficulty for reliable penetration on the M4A1 (75) W's armour. Meanwhile most guns above 3.7 battle rating will penetrate the armour with ease. However, even up-gunned tanks can have a hard time penetrating it with the sloped armour the M4A1 models are shaped with.

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 42 5 32.7 713 878 21.8 26.85
Realistic 37 4 407 460 12.45 14.07

The M4A1 (75) W (China) has got a decent speed of 38 km/h (42 km/h AB), with a relative bad acceleration that makes it an easy prey for enemy vehicles when it have just started its movement. The reverse speed of 4 km/h (5 km/h AB) would make it important to not peek too much outside of cover. Even though it have a relative bad acceleration, it can still move its hull relative fast to throw off incoming shells. The narrow tracks on the tank gives it a hard time to get a good grip on soft soil when in movement, making movement more efficient when on solid ground or road when wanting to move it around.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M3 (75 mm)
75 mm M3 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 71 -10°/+25° ±180° Vertical 22.8 40.0 __._ __._ __._ 6.5 __.__ __.__ 5.0
Realistic 14.3 21.3 __._ __._ 24.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M48 shell HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
M61 shot APCBC 104 101 90 78 68 59
M72 shot AP 91 88 78 67 57 49
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M48 shell HE 463 6.3 0.4 0.5 666 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°
M61 shot APCBC 618 6.79 1.2 14.0 63.7 +4.0° 48° 63° 71°
M72 shot AP 619 6.3 N/A N/A N/A -1.0° 47° 60° 65°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M89 259 3.0 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
71 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Optics

M4A1 (75) W (China) Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X4.4 X5.0

Machine guns

12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Pintle 600 (200) 576 -10°/+30° ±60°
7.62 mm M1919A4
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Similar to the other 75mm Sherman's at battle rating 3.7, it got a decent gun to take out most enemy opponent even when uptiered, The tank can handle itself by itself against enemies, but it's never a problem to work with your team in it, cover your allies when they are moving forward. The M4A1 (75) W has advantages over the Soviet T-34, Japanese Chi-Nu and German Pz III/IV by having a early stabilizer that makes short stop and shooting faster, but facing US or British M4's can be a problematic since they share similar armour and gun. While rival M4 tanks would not be a threat to a seasoned player, they can prove a nuisance to beginners.

The M4A1 (75) W has got an effective frontal armour for most common enemies you will face between battle ratings 2.7 to 3.7 in a downtier, but the armour is relative weak against some battle rating 3.7 to most 4.7 enemies that can be faced in an uptier. Enemies that should be prioritized in deadliness are mainly tank destroyers like the M10, Achilles, Jagdpanzer's and SU-85 since their guns will slice the M4A1's armour like butter and demolish the tank, while the tank destroyers can be difficult to take out with the M4A1's 75 mm cannon from the front. Other enemies to also seek out as priority targets are KV-1/2, Panzer IV's with a long 75mm, Panzer III's with long 50mm and M4A1 (76) W as their armaments can be devastating to the M4A1 (75) W's armour.

When facing these dangerous enemies, it is best to move around them and flank their sides, especially since these vehicles like the Jagdpanzer IV's have thick enough sloped armour that makes the 75mm M3 inefficient against the front plate. The M4A1's slow acceleration can make this a difficult task to do in Realistic Battle, but it will be easier in Arcade with the enhanced engine power, so it's easier to flank enemies.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire M61 shot
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support M89

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Sloped hull armour and thick frontal turret can deflect quite some shells sometimes.
  • APCBC shell is pretty effective against common opponents like the Pz.IV series and early Shermans.
  • Vertical stabiliser allows the tank to fire on the move, or shoot first in a sudden encounter.
  • Fast turret traverse, easily deal with enemies from multiple directions.
  • Relatively fast reload of about 5 seconds.
  • Great mountain warfare capacities due to its 10° gun depression and 90+mm gun mantlet.
  • HMG can effectively damage light vehicles (M18, VFW) or low-flying aircraft.
  • Wet ammo stowage reduces chance of being ammo-racked

Cons:

  • Narrow tracks give it awkward turning speed.
  • 38 mm side is weak, even rank I vehicles can penetrate
  • Short gun creates low shell velocity and curved trajectory. Requires better aiming at long range or with moving targets
  • High profile compared to other medium tanks it faces
  • Armour can't resist tanks like Pz.IV G or 76mm Sherman

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China medium tanks
  Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · T-69 II G · CM11 · ZTZ96 · ZTZ96A
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1 · M60A3 TTS
Soviet  ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53) · Т-34-85 Gai · T-34-85 No.215 · Т-62 №545
Japanese  ␗Chi-Ha · ␗Chi-Ha Kai