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This page is about the medium tank M26A1. For other uses, see M26 (Family).


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The Carro Armato M26A1 is a rank IV Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Main armament

  • One 90 mm M3A1 cannon (70 rounds)
    • Stock Reload Rate: 11.05 seconds
Shell Type Type of Warhead Explosive Mass in g Muzzle Velocity Penetration Values at 10m Penetration Values at 100m
M318 Shot AP None 853 m/s 192 mm 191 mm
M82 Shot APCBC 137.2 grams 853 m/s 175 mm 164 mm
M304 Shot APCR None 1,021 m/s 264 mm 260 mm
M71 Shell HE 925 grams 823 m/s 13 mm 13 mm

Additional armament

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Machine guns

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


  • Uses the same gun as the M46 Patton = slightly better penetration compared to the original M26 Pershing
  • M82 shot has great post-penetration damage; can easily one-shot enemy tanks
  • Decent frontal armor overall
  • Respectable mobility
  • Great reverse speed
  • Good accuracy on the move thanks to its stable suspension
  • Good gun depression enables it to use hull-down tactics
  • Fast turret rotation speed
  • 76 mm of side armor allows the M26A1 some degree of angling


  • Armour can still be penetrated by most guns of the tier.
  • Stock ammunition will have some difficulty killing other tanks effectively
  • Mediocre acceleration
  • Turret ring can get damaged easily


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See also

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Italy medium tanks
M11/39  M11/39
M13/40  M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)
M14/41  M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)
M15/42  M15/42
M16/43  Celere Sahariano
P26/40  P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
OF-40  OF-40 · OF-40 Mk.2A · OF-40 (MTCA)
Ariete  Ariete (P) · Ariete · Ariete PSO
Foreign  ▄M4 Hybrid · M4 Tipo IC · ▄Sherman Vc · ▄M4A4
  ▄Pz.III N · ▄Pz.IV G
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · ▄Leopard 1A5