M18 (China)

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␗M18 Gun Motor Carriage
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
82 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
12 / 12 / 0Hull
25 / 12 / 12Turret
17.7 tWeight
878 hp460 hpEngine power
50 hp/t26 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
78 km/h forward
25 km/h back
72 km/h forward
23 km/h back
76 mm M1 cannonMain weapon
45 roundsAmmunition
6.1 / 7.9 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
800 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 70°Vertical guidance
-60° / 60°Horizontal guidance
33 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
130 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 740 / 3 419/2 210 / 2 758/1 570 / 1 959Repair
36 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
130 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
470 Ge icon.pngAces
148 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
110 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png


The ␗M18 Gun Motor Carriage is a rank III Chinese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

The M18 (China) has extremely thin armour throughout its construction. As such, a player with the M18 should throw away any notion of trying to survive a shot and instead aim to avoid being hit at all. With an open-top construction and the placement of certain crew members, even enemy machine gun rounds can knock out the crew members inside and lower combat efficiency.

The thin armour is also both a blessing and a curse for the vehicle. It is a curse as it means the vehicle can suffer through the hull-break mechanics. A single shell has the potential of knocking out the M18 instantly regardless of how many crew member it defeats. The blessing is that if the enemy kinetic round hits the M18 and does not meet the requirements for a hull-break, the M18 may end up with minimum critical damage such as a damaged module or crew member. As such, there can be second chances for this vehicle, but as mentioned, this should not be relied upon as a combat strategy.

With five crew members, the M18 has a standard amount of crew to survive off of. Three are essential for combat efficiency: the gunner, loader, and driver. The commander operates the cupola machine gun and if knocked out will cause the machine gun to no longer function. This will be a constant occurrence due to the position of the commander model with the torso exposed above the turret, and so enemy machine gun rounds can hit and incapacitate the commander from the vehicle's functions.

The M18's module configuration is rather standard with the transmission in front and engine in the back. The spread out nature means there are more "wiggle room" for kinetic shells to hit and pass through around the modules, but it also means that any part of the M18 exposed can be hit and induce a hull-break.


Though the previous section on armour may imply poor survivability, the M18's shining trait will be in its mobility. It produces enough engine horsepower to become a speed demon on the battlefield, quickly traversing through rough terrain to get to advantageous positions to ambush enemies that are just starting to get to the fight.

The vehicle displays great mobility when driving forwards and backwards, and so it can perform quick exits from a compromised position.


Main armament

Main article: M1 (76 mm)

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Machine guns

Main article: M2HB (12.7 mm)

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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See also

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External links

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China tank destroyers
American  ␗M8 HMC · ␗LVT(A)(4) (ZiS-2) · ␗M10 · ␗M18 · ␗M36
Soviet  ␗SU-76M · ␗ISU-152 · ␗ISU-122 · ␗SU-100
Italy  ␗M113A1 (TOW)