M6A2E1

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M6A2E1
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M6A2E1
AB RB SB
6.7 6.7 6.7
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Description

The Heavy Tank M6A2E1 is a premium gift rank IV American heavy tank with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Ixwa Strike" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season III, "Strength athletics".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull140 / 60 / 41
Turret229 / 89 / 208
Crew5 people
Visibility214 %

The M6A2E1 has overall a good armour: the round turret is extremely thick, stops most shells, with the exception of APDS and HEATFS projectiles. Taller than the M6A1, the M6A2E1 will be easily spotted and targeted by enemy players with its huge turret. The reinforced front hull armour can bounce a shot: the UFP lower section is surprisingly thick (thanks to the hull's shape) and can absorb the common 88 mm Tiger II shells when hit there, making hull down tactics even more effective. Being a large vehicle, a hit to the hull will usually mean only losing one crew member as the crew sits well spaced. The M6A2E1 has a thick turret rear that makes destroying this tank from behind a tough task, leaving the player a chance to respond to the attack. The engine and the transmission are all positioned in the back, absorbing shells from the rear and making frontal shots unable to immobilize the tank.

However, several weak spots are easy to penetrate. The angled hull cheeks of the frontal hull armour prevent effective angling and are so thinly armoured that even low tier tank destroyers can penetrate. The turret ring itself is a weak spot easy to target from any direction, most likely immobilizing the tank if the penetration is successful. The left upper front part of the turret, while small and thus difficult to target, is also a weak spot (thin and flat).

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (sideskirts, hull front - appliqué armour , hull roof - engine compartment, cupola roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (hull, turret, gun mantlet, cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50.4 mm (44°) + 112 mm (29°) Upper glacis
50.4 mm (46°) + 133 mm (cylindrical) Lower glacis
70 mm (26°) Corners
58 mm (30°) Top
51 + 25.4 mm Bottom
42 mm (16°) Top
22-105 mm Bottom
16 - 22 mm
25.4 mm Engine compartment
5 mm Engine vents
Turret 230-275 mm Turret front
133-235 mm Gun mantlet
84 mm Upper turret front
65-89 mm 210-230 mm Top
125-220 mm Bottom
25-32 mm
27-31 mm Front
Cupola 76.2 mm 76.2 mm 76.2 mm 25.4 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, tracks are 30 mm thick, and bogies are 10 mm thick.

Mobility

Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB31 / 31 km/h
RB and SB29 / 29 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
6 back
Weight69.9 t
Engine power
AB1 526 hp
RB and SB800 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB21.8 hp/t
RB and SB11.4 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 31 31 69.9 1,033 1526 14.78 21.83
Realistic 29 29 708 800 10.13 11.44

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 850 Sl icon.png
RB2 850 Sl icon.png
SB2 850 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts510 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 130 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
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Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_us_T13_APCBC_ammo_pack
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_us_T29E3_APCR_ammo_pack
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Elevation Mechanism

Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition60 rounds
First-order12 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
20.0 → 15.4 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 15°
Main article: T5E1 (105 mm)
105 mm T5E1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 60 -10°/+15° ±180° N/A 14.6 20.2 24.5 27.1 28.8 20.02 17.71 16.32 15.40
Realistic 10.7 12.6 15.3 16.9 18.0

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
T32 APCBC 256 253 238 221 205 190
T13 APCBC 253 250 236 219 204 190
T29E3 APCR 292 287 266 242 220 200
T30E1 HE 20 20 20 20 20 20
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
T32 APCBC 914 17.7 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
T13 APCBC 899 18.59 1.2 19 177.38 48° 63° 71°
T29E3 APCR 1,128 11.2 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
T30E1 HE 945 15.2 0 0.1 1,550 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M6A2E1
Full
ammo
Ammo
type
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
60 Projectiles
Propellants
49 (+11)
37 (+23)
37 (+23)
25 (+35)
25 (+35)
13 (+47)
13 (+47)
(+59)
(+59)
N/A
No

Notes:

  • The M6A2E1 uses two-piece ammunition, composed of projectiles (yellow) and propellant bags (orange). Both have separate racks.
  • As they are modeled by sets of 2, projectiles and propellant bags disappear from the rack only after you fire both shells in the set.
  • To keep the hull empty of ammo, pack 13 (+47) shells.
  • For projectiles:
    • Rack 5 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 12 projectiles and gets filled first when loading up the tank.
    • This racks is also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 5 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-4 into racks 5. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
  • For propellants:
    • Rack 4 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 12 propellant charges and gets filled first when loading up the tank.
    • This racks is also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 4 - 1 - 2 - 3.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-3 into racks 4. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.

Machine guns

Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 50°
Horizontal guidance-120° / 120°
Ammunition4 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 600 (200) 577 -10°/+50° ±120°
7.62 mm M1919A4
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

When driving the M6A2E1, one will easily notice the tank's turret is near indestructible: it can resist many shots as long as they aren't aimed at a trap shot or to the upper turret. The hull, however, isn't as indestructible: it may bounce a shot or two but it's not really reliable, especially with weak hull cheeks that any shot with explosive filler will instantly penetrate.

The M6A2E1 can do reasonably well in not extremely uneven terrain thanks to the depression angle of -10° and the tank's height can also be beneficial for shooting over cover that other vehicles wouldn't be able to, sometimes taking enemies by surprise.

With this tank, one of the most suitable strategies is to snipe. You have two ammunition options, APCBC with extra penetration or APCBC with explosive filler, both being devastating (105 mm shells create a lot of spalling). Find a suitable spot, try to expose only the turret, and deal with enemies coming at you. Most enemies will hopelessly shoot at your mantlet, some players will exploit your weak spots on the turret or may have high penetration HEATFS or APDS (uptiers are very dangerous for this tank and should play much more defensively). Your reload time is considerably long, so staying behind cover is the best thing possible when reloading. Your reverse speed thankfully lets you get away from a lot of dangerous situations faster than other tanks.

Despite having imperfect armour and notable weak spots, a lot of enemies in a downtier won't know how to penetrate with such a big target (only 4 weak spots presented, both hull cheeks, turret ring and turret upper front, with the trap shot being a matter of luck) and planes won't have an easy time damaging the M6A2E1 with their cannons. Use that to your advantage should it come to close quarters combat, aim the gun at them, facing your hull towards them, and whatever you do, don't stay still, wiggle your hull left and right to increase chances of ricochet to ensure survival.

In downtiers your armour (even the hull) begins to shine, but so does the fact most enemies at that BR use way more explosive filler APCBC shells preventing angling of any sort, making you way tougher at distances beyond 500 m, where hitting your weak spots is way harder. In case you can't hide your hull, attempt to make it face straight at your enemy, most common guns won't be able to get through your hull, let alone your turret, don't push it though, only rely on your armour if there's no alternative, because despite distances, weak spots are still a thing, and so is the trap shot to your mantlet.

It could be said that the M6A2E1's role is similar to that of its younger brother the M6A1, with the exception that the turret is stronger, is slightly slower and, although with fewer guns, it has a really hard hitting one on the turret, it can take a few lucky hits and punish those who cross its path from long ranges.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful 105 mm gun with access to APCBC, both with and without explosive filler, and APCR shells
  • Extremely thick armour in some places
  • Has a reverse gearbox, can go same speed backwards as forwards
  • Good gun depression allows for hull down tactics
  • .50 cal MG on the roof allows fending off planes and soft targets
  • Its tall profile allows to shoot over obstacles other tanks are usually blocked by

Cons:

  • The armour presents several weak spots that are easy to target for enemy players
  • Poor top speed of 31/29 km/h (AB/RB)
  • Mediocre acceleration
  • Tall profile, huge target
  • Long reload time
  • Trap shot on the turret that can easily take out the entire crew in a single hit

History

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See also

  • M6A1 - Heavy tank that was the basis of the M6A2E1.

External links


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