|This page is about the light tank T-26E (Sweden). For the premium Soviet light tank, see T-26E. For other versions, see T-26 (Family).|
The ▄T-26 "Englantilainen" is a premium rank I Swedish light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Fire and Ice".
This vehicle is not to be confused with the Soviet uparmoured T-26E. The T-26E in the Swedish tree is a Vickers Mk.E with the gun mount of a T-26, combining the armour and mobility of the former with the firepower of the latter.
Survivability and armour
The armour on the Vickers Mk.E will only stop rifle-calibre munitions reliably, although some machine guns like the British 7.92 mm BESA or the German 7.92 mm MG34/42 can easily punch through certain 10 mm plates. The unsloped armour plates, combined with their weak protection levels boils down to one conclusion: avoid getting shot at. However, unlike the T-26, the Vickers comes with 4 crewmen, which means that shells with no explosive filler shells may not knock out the entire crew with one hit to the hull, giving you a small chance to fight back, but don't count on this too much.
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Hull|| 17.5 mm (1°) Upper plate
10 mm (32-59-80°) Upper glacis
17.5 mm (11°) Lower plate
10 mm (50-53°) Lower glacis
10 mm (9-59°) Driver's port
|10 mm (0°)|| 17.5 mm (1°) Upper plate
10 mm (9°) Lower plate
| 5 mm Hull|
10 mm rear
|Turret|| 10 + 10 mm (1-72°) Turret front
15 mm (1-55°) Gun mantlet
|13.6 mm (10-11°)||13.6 mm (9-10°)||5 mm|
- Tracks and suspension wheels are 15 mm thick
The T-26E has a cruise speed that allows it to keep up with most vehicles at its BR. You will not be doing anything close to racing speeds, but the tank will get you where you need to go in due time.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
Unlike the Vickers Mk.E the T-26E uses the Soviet 45 mm 20-K cannon. This gun is very forgiving to beginners, with its very fast reload speed and decent damage.
|45 mm 20-K||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|50||32 (+18)||13 (+37)||1 (+49)||No|
- Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
The small calibre of the DT machine gun makes it largely ineffective against all armoured vehicles but the ones with an open compartment. It still can be used to ping targets as a rangefinding help. The clip capacity of the machine gun is quite poor, as it relies on a magazine of 63 bullets instead of a belt like similar machine guns from other nations.
|7.62 mm DT|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
It is recommended to play the T-26E in a support role, flanking the battlefield and finding a good position to support your teammates from. The 37 mm cannon has quite good characteristics with its rounds (APHEBC, APBC) being able to deal a fair amount of damage to enemy vehicles from short and long ranges. The fast reload allows for quick adjustment of aim between shots, meaning the T-26E can be a highly effective flanking vehicle if a good camping spot is found. The limited gun depression, however, will affect which positions are usable. Keeping back at long-range is certainly an effective way to avoid taking damage.
The lack of armour is something to be kept in mind, because heavy-calibre machine guns like the 12.7 mm M2HB and 13.2 mm Breda Model 31 will be able to go through your thickest plates of armour. Because of this, it is recommended to try your best to avoid enemy vehicles getting the first shot. Driving under cover is advisable to avoid being spotted.
It is also worth keeping in mind that the T-26E only has a reverse speed of -4 km/h. This is important to remember when driving into potential enemy fire. It is recommended to be aware of enemy positions and cover, as a retreat will be a lot slower than an advance.
Be aware that enemy aircraft with bombs or powerful guns can easily take out the T-26E. It is advised to stick to the treeline to avoid being spotted and attacked. The T-26E has little anti-aircraft capabilities so it is also advised to let the friendly SPAAs deal with aircraft.
Enemies worth noting:
- Pz.II and other tanks with autocannons can shred your armour and the modules behind it. Generally, it is advised not to engage head on but if you are forced to, then make sure you get off the first shot before they start spraying.
- SPAAs - Nearly every anti-aircraft vehicle at the tier will be able to penetrate and destroy the T-26E with ease. Not to mention that SPAAs guns have high rates of fire. As with any other vehicles, it is advised to shoot first. Certain SPAAs which are commonly underestimated like the French P.7.T AA, and CCKW 353 AA and the American M15 CGMC, and should be especially noted, as despite not having 20 mm autocannons like their Axis counterparts, they all have weapons capable of efficiently knocking out a T-26E.
Pros and cons
- Great firepower; the APHEBC shell can frontally penetrate and take out almost any tank with a single shot
- Very short reload time
- Fairly accurate gun at short to medium ranges
- Poor protection, side armour can be penetrated even by light machine guns
- Slow reverse speed
- Average -6° gun depression limits its potential in hilly terrains
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|Sweden light tanks|
|L-60||Strv m/38 · Strv m/39 · Strv m/39 TD · Strv m/40L|
|Strv m/41||Strv m/41 S-I · Strv m/41 S-II|
|Ikv 91||Ikv 91 · Ikv 91-105|
|CV 90||CV 90105 · Strf 9040B · Strf 9040C · Strf 9040 BILL · CV 90120|
|Wheeled||Pbil m/40 · U-SH 405|
|Other||Strv m/31 · Strv 74|
|Finland||Vickers Mk.E · ▄T-26E · ▄PT-76|
|Sweden premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||▄T-26E · Strv m/39 · Pbil m/40 · Strv m/41 S-I · CV 90105|
|Medium tanks||Strv 81 (RB 52) · Strv 103-0 · Leopard 1A5NO|
|Tank destroyers||Ikv 73 · SAV 20.12.48|