M4A4 (1st PTG)

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M4A4 (1st PTG)
cn_m4a4_sherman_1st_ptg.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.7/3.7/3.7BR
5 peopleCrew
103 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
50 / 38 / 38Hull
76 / 50 / 50Turret
Mobility
30.6 tWeight
763 hp400 hpEngine power
25 hp/t13 hp/tSurface density
42 km/h forward
5 km/h back
37 km/h forward
4 km/h back
Speed
Armament
75 mm M3 cannonMain weapon
97 roundsAmmunition
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
-10° / 25°Vertical guidance
verticalStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
300 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
Sl icon.png1 600/1 700/1 800Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
330 Ge icon.pngAces
× (136 + 100 Talisman.png) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.3 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png× 1.1 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png× 0.9 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png

Description

The M4A4 (1st PTG) is a gift rank II Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

The hull is very similar to the American M4 Sherman, with a 50.8 mm thick upper glacis and protruding hatches interrupting the glacis ( augmented with applique armour). Weak spots here include the machine gun port and ventilator on the right side. The hull sides feature applique armour plates covering the ammunition storage racks. The turret is also very similar but lacks the applique armour on the right cheek, leaving a small weakened zone in that area. Frontal protection is quite good for its rank and shots from smaller anti-tank guns can generally be shrugged off, particularly when hull down. However more powerful guns such as the Panzer IV F2's long 75 mm can destroy the tank easily, so care should be taken.

Guns with good penetration against sloped armour, such as those on the YaG-10 (29-K) and SU-85 are particularly threatening as they are more than capable of penetrating your frontal armour without much issue. There are also a number of weak spots, notably, the flatter armor in front of the driver and machine gunner, the hull machine gun, the round section of armor in front of the right ammo rack, the rounded area in front of the transmission, and a thin square-shaped section of armor on the front of the turret to the right of the main gun. The side armour is only 38.1 mm thick and can be easily penetrated by just about any anti-tank gun, even many anti-aircraft guns, but the applique armour on this model can help if the tank is angled.

Mobility

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Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M3 (75 mm)
75 mm M3
Capacity Vertical

guidance

Horizontal

guidance

Stabilizer
97 -10°/+25° ±180° Vertical
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 22.85 31.62 38.40 __.__ 45.18
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.4 22.60 24.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
 Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of

warhead

Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M72 shot AP 90 88 78 66 57 49
M61 shot APCBC 101 99 88 76 66 57
M48 shell HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity

in m/s

Projectile

Mass in kg

Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g (TNT equivalent): Normalization At 30°

from horizontal:

Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
M72 shot 619 6.3 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
M61 shot 618 6.79 1.2 20 63.7 +4° 48° 63° 71°
M48 shell 463 6.3 0.4 0.5 666 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Smoke characteristic
Ammunition Velocity

in m/s

Projectile

Mass in kg

Screen radius

in m

Screen time

in s

Screen hold time

in s:

Explosive Mass in g (TNT equivalent):
M89 259 3 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks 

Machine guns

The M4A4 is armed with both a pintle-mounted 12.7 mm M2HB .50 cal machine gun and a coaxial 7.62 mm M1919A4 .30 cal machine gun. The latter is useful as a secondary machine gun to supplement the larger 12.7 mm machine gun, both increasing the volume of fire you can put out in a burst of your machine guns and providing a backup machine gun in case your .50 cal gunner runs out of ammo or is knocked out. The 12.7 mm machine gun is more useful as it does more damage and has more penetration. It can swivel independently of the main gun, but not a full 360 degrees around so you will still need to traverse the turret to follow moving targets. Both can be used to shoot at aircraft and unarmored spots on enemy vehicles, and the .50 cal specifically is capable of damaging vehicles with very light armour due to the penetration.

12.7 mm M2HB
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate

(shots/minute)

Vertical

guidance

Horizontal

guidance

600 (200) 576 -10°/+25° ±60°
7.62 mm M1919A4
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate

(shots/minute)

Vertical

guidance

Horizontal

guidance

3,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good armour and mobility, quite versatile
  • Vertical gun stabilizer is helpful for landing the first shot
  • Excellent gun depression
  • Gun has good penetration and post-penetration damage when using M61 shells
  • Pintle mounted HMG is useful against soft targets and aircraft
  • Fast reload for its rank
  • Premium vehicle, bonuses to research and Silver Lion gain

Cons:

  • High profile
  • Has a number weak points in its armour, the front has areas with less slope and sides are thin
  • Armour is much less effective against guns with good angled penetration
  • Decorative designs and inscriptions on the tank can make it slightly easier to spot

History

Vehicle background

The M4A4 (1st PTG) was one of many M4 medium tanks armed with a 75 mm gun provided by the U.S to China through the lend-Lease program in April 1944. It saw service during World War 2 (1939-45) in China against the Japanese and went on to serve in the China civil war (1946-49) where it was destroyed by China communist forces in 1949. The tank had a "Tiger face" painted on it's manlet and "claws" painted on the armoured plate in front of the driver. The top of the tank was painted yellow in order for it to be recognized by the allied air unit.

Media

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See also

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China medium tanks
  Т-34-85 Gai · Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · Т-62 №545 · M60A3 TTS · CM11 · ZTZ96
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1
Soviet  ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53)
Japanese  ␗Type 97 Chi-Ha

China premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  T-26 No.531
Medium tanks  M4A4 (1st PTG) · Т-62 №545