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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Amazing 90mm gun that is much better than original M26's 90 mm M3 gun.
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* Amazing 90 mm gun that is much better than original M26's 90 mm M3 gun
* T41 APHE shell is comparable to the Long 88mm APHE shell. Has great accuracy, penetration values, and damage potential.
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* T41 APHE shell is comparable to the long 88 mm KwK 43 APHE shell - presenting great accuracy, penetration values, and damage potential
* APCR shell has fantastic penetration values. Can cut right though the front of the Jagdtiger's superstructure at ranges excess of 500 meters.
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* APCR shell has fantastic penetration values that can cut right though the front of the Jagdtiger's superstructure at ranges excess of 500 meters
* 10 degrees of gun depression. Good ability to hull down fight and shooting over hills.
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* 10 degrees of gun depression present a good ability to hull down fight and shooting over hills  
* Armed with 2 .50 cal machine guns. Very good at damaging guns barrels, tracks, and lightly armored vehicles.
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* Armed with two .50 cal machine guns that are very good at damaging guns barrels, tracks, and lightly armored vehicles
* Much better engine than the Super Pershing. Great mobility and acceleration.
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* Much better engine than the Super Pershing, allowing for great mobility and acceleration
* Many players will think this tank is just an M26, not realizing this tank has the same gun as the Super Pershing and T32
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* Many players will think this tank is just an M26, without realizing that this tank has the same gun as the Super Pershing and T32  
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Even with an Ace crew, the reload rate is mediocre. Reloading is several seconds slower than the Tiger II's 88mm. 
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* Even with an Ace crew, the reload rate is mediocre, several seconds slower than the Tiger II's 88 mm
* Frontal armor is not adequate for the BR. Long 88mm shells and 122mm shells will slice right through it at rages exceeding 1000 meters.
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* Frontal armor is not adequate against its competition, with long 88 mm and 122 mm shells able to slice right through it at ranges exceeding 1,000 meters
* Despite the good gun depression, the turret armor is mediocre at best.
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* Despite the good gun depression, the turret armor is mediocre at best
* Underwhelming top speed for a medium tank. T44's will run rings around this tank.
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* Underwhelming top speed for a medium tank, tanks like the T-44's will run rings around this tank
* Low ammunition count for the 90mm gun.
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* Low ammunition count for the 90 mm gun
* Players thinking this tank is a mere M26 is a double edged sword. Many enemy players will just run out in front of you and shoot.
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* Players thinking this tank is a mere M26 is a double-edged sword, as many enemy players will just run out in front of the M26E1 and shoot
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Revision as of 07:30, 12 March 2020

Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
Medium Tank M26E1
us_m26e1_pershing.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.3/6.7/6.7BR
5 peopleCrew
105 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
101 / 76 / 51Hull
101 / 76 / 76Turret
Mobility
42.9 tWeight
954 hp500 hpEngine power
22 hp/t12 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
44 km/h forward
14 km/h back
40 km/h forward
12 km/h back
Speed
Armament
90 mm T54 cannonMain weapon
41 roundsAmmunition
5 roundsFirst-order
11.1 / 14.4 sReload
-10° / 15°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
1 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 70°Vertical guidance
-60° / 60°Horizontal guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunCoaxial weapon
1 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
Economy
7 480 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 500/3 700/3 600Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
360 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
990 Ge icon.pngAces
184 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American medium tank M26E1. For other uses, see M26 (Family).

Description

GarageImage M26E1.jpg


The Medium Tank M26E1 is a premium rank IV American medium tank with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB/RB) and 6.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns". Aside from the base model of a M26 Pershing, it boasts the long L/73 90 mm Gun T54, very similar to the T15E2 on the T32, allowing it to compete effectively against Rank IV vehicles with the mobility of the Pershing.

The only distinctive characteristic of the M26E1 compared to the original M26 is the "T54" 90 mm cannon. The cannon has a longer barrel with a small muzzle-brake compared to its original design. The longer 90 mm cannon comes with the standard AP shot, HE shot, M82 shot (APCBC), and HVAP shot. All these rounds, except for the HE shot, have a higher pen and velocity compared to the standard 90 mm M3. The M82 shot is considered the most useful and efficient round for this tank as it has enough explosive filler (140 g of Exp. D) to "one-shot" many tanks in its battle rating while having little to no difficulty entering the enemy's vehicle.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Front, turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Side, Rear, Roof)
  • Structural steel (Exterior boxes, Rear counterweight)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 101.6 mm (12-46°) Front glacis
162.5 mm (25-60°) Upper front glacis
76.2 mm (28-53°) Lower glacis
76.2 mm Front
50.8 mm (0-3°) Rear
50.8 mm (7°) Top
22.2 mm (71°) Bottom
22.2 mm
Turret 101.6 mm (9-73°) Turret front
114.3 mm (1-84°) Gun mantlet
76.2 mm (2-54°) 76.2 (0-79°) + 100 mm (2°) 25.4 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 76.2 mm 25.4 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 25.4 mm thick.
  • Counterweight on the turret rear is made of structural steel.

Any tactic that works with the M26 Pershing can work with the M26E1. While its gun is quite potent, it also has quite a lengthy reload time after firing, minimum 11 seconds with an ace crew. As such, an M26E1 that fired is a great opportunity to pounce on provided no other enemies are around that remains a threat.

The M26E1 has the same armour as the M26 Pershing, so any weapons that can cleave through one's armour can go through the others. The best target is for a straight-on hit on the front glacis as the direct effective thickness is 146 mm of cast armour. Side armour is also quite thin, ranging from 50 to 76 mm and can thus be easily pierced by most weapons at the BR.

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 44 14 42.9 775 954 18.07 22.24
Realistic 40 12 442 500 10.3 11.66

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: T54 (90 mm)
90 mm T54
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
41 -10°/+15° ±180°
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 14.28 19.80 24.0 26.60 28.24
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.4 22.60 24.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
14.43 12.77 11.77 11.10
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
AP Shot AP 210 208 193 177 162 148
HE Shell HE 13 13 13 13 13 13
T41 APCBC 224 221 206 188 172 157
HVAP Shot APCR 270 266 250 231 214 195
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%
AP Shot 975 11 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
HE Shell 975 11 0.4 0.5 925 +0° 79° 80° 81°
T41 975 11 1.2 20 137.2 +4° 48° 63° 71°
HVAP Shot 1143 7.6 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the M26E1. Turret storage (1) is a 5 round ready rack. Floor storage (2) is consumed from left to right.

Last Updated: 1.93.0.35

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd

rack empty

Visual
discrepancy
41 5 (+36) 1 (+40) Yes

Machine guns

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm M2HB
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
1,000 (200) 576 -10°/+70° ±60°
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
1,000 (200) 576 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The M26E1 was a post-World War II modification of the standard M26 Pershing. This modification changes the barrel length to 73 calibres long with the new 90 mm T54 gun. The gun offers some of the most powerful penetration in-game for Rank IV and is equipped with AP, HE, APCBC and HVAP Rounds. The M26E1 suffers from a very weak side and rear amour, though this is a common weakness on every tank. The front and front part of the turret is able to bounce some enemy shots but can be penetrated by most other tanks in its 6.7 Battle Rating range so beware.

Playing the M26E1 is similar to the M26 Pershing. Armour and mobility of the two tanks are the same. The only advantage sticking out is the M26E1's more powerful gun due to the longer length. Though more powerful, the reload time is also longer than the normal M26 Pershing, so the playstyle should be more conservative to avoid being caught in an attack while reloading.

Though equipped with a very powerful gun, the M26E1 suffers from the same M26 Pershing armour. Thus, it is very vulnerable to most tanks at its rank and so most of its combat life should be taking cover and avoiding large open spaces. The M26E1 presents the same mobility of the Pershing so this can be exploited in close quarters over the more cumbersome Panther, Tiger II, and IS-2's. Staying in cover and scooting out to take out the enemy from their weak points on the front or their vulnerable side armour should be the prime attack move for the M26E1 before retreating back into cover.

Fighting against medium tanks will be relatively easy due to the gun's penetration value. Unless bounced, the gun could even penetrate the front glacis of the Panther tanks. The main problem the tank will face is the Tiger II and T32 heavy tanks and the later IS tanks such as the IS-3 and IS-4M due to their thick front armour. Flanking may be necessary for these heavy tanks, but some accurate shots to some known weak points on the front of these tanks can also work.

  • Tiger II (P) and (H): These are the more common German heavy tanks seen with the battle rating and are the most dangerous. The best tactic is to use the 90 mm gun to penetrate the turret cheeks and knock out the gunner. In the time period when the firing method is disabled, move in with the M26E1's mobility and hit it on the sides if possible.
  • Jagdpanther: The 88 mm gun is a threat to the tank, but in close range, the 90 mm APCBC round can penetrate the front armour, and the APCR can be used if wanting a definite result.
  • IS-2: The IS-2 tank's 122 mm cannon can make short work of the M26E1, thus it is best to avoid being shot at in the first place. If in the situation where a fight with the IS-2 must be head on, fire a round through the turret cheeks and incapacitate the gunner for a more opportune moment to aim to destroy the tank. Shooting a lower glacis also works and if lucky may even knock out the tank.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Amazing 90 mm gun that is much better than original M26's 90 mm M3 gun
  • T41 APHE shell is comparable to the long 88 mm KwK 43 APHE shell - presenting great accuracy, penetration values, and damage potential
  • APCR shell has fantastic penetration values that can cut right though the front of the Jagdtiger's superstructure at ranges excess of 500 meters
  • 10 degrees of gun depression present a good ability to hull down fight and shooting over hills
  • Armed with two .50 cal machine guns that are very good at damaging guns barrels, tracks, and lightly armored vehicles
  • Much better engine than the Super Pershing, allowing for great mobility and acceleration
  • Many players will think this tank is just an M26, without realizing that this tank has the same gun as the Super Pershing and T32

Cons:

  • Even with an Ace crew, the reload rate is mediocre, several seconds slower than the Tiger II's 88 mm
  • Frontal armor is not adequate against its competition, with long 88 mm and 122 mm shells able to slice right through it at ranges exceeding 1,000 meters
  • Despite the good gun depression, the turret armor is mediocre at best
  • Underwhelming top speed for a medium tank, tanks like the T-44's will run rings around this tank
  • Low ammunition count for the 90 mm gun
  • Players thinking this tank is a mere M26 is a double-edged sword, as many enemy players will just run out in front of the M26E1 and shoot

History

The M26E1 was a post-war variant of the M26 Pershing with the intent on increasing its firepower. During World War II, the 90 mm M3 mounted on the original M26 Pershing was equivalent to the German's 88 mm KwK 36 on the Tiger I. But looking for an upgrade, Ordnance developed the T15E1 90 mm gun, which was equivalent to the 88 mm KwK 43 on the Tiger II. This cannon was mounted on the then development model T26E1 to make the T26E1-1 tank. The T15E1 90 mm cannon was visibly much longer than the original 90 mm M3, with the length of 73 calibres compared to the 53 calibres of the M3 cannon. This allowed the cannon to have a much larger ammo charge and muzzle velocity. The first T26E1-1 model made was the only "Super Pershing" model sent to Europe.

A second version was made from the T26E3 model, the production model of the T26E1, with a modified gun to use two-piece ammunition rather than a one-piece version, plus a new gun mounting to remove the stabilizer springs required to hold the gun. 25 of these tanks were built and were designated the T26E4.

After World War II, two military model M26 Pershings were converted to mount the T54 gun, which was essentially the same 90 mm cannon as the T15E1 but had ammunition which was shorter and fatter than the previous versions. The muzzle brake was shaved down from two to one baffle to compensate for the smaller chamber the cannon presented. This M26 Pershing with the T54 cannons was designated the M26E1 Medium Tank, but production was never reached due to budget constraints.

In-game description

Two models of the M26E1 medium tank were built. They were equipped with long-barreled, single-load 90mm cannons that were supposed to be statistically superior to German 88mm guns with 71-caliber barrels. The project became irrelevant when the war ended and was abandoned.

Media

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