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M2 Light Tank

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[Client Values; Actual values in
Specifically, the mismatch in crew values caused by commander's 10% crew skill bonus. Outside of a crew of 1 commander only, 100% crew is a fiction. The client values, given for 100% crew, will normally be taken into battle with 110% crew skill members aside from specific functions, causing their actual performance to deviate from the expected client value. These differences are taken into account in tooltip boxes.
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3,400  Credits Cost
140160 HP Hit Points
8.64/11.58.66/11.5 t Weight Limit
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner (Loader)
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
Mobility
220262 hp Engine Power
58/20 km/h Speed Limit
3640 deg/s Traverse
25.4630.25 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio
NoNo Pivot
Armor
38.1/25.4/25.4 mm Hull Armor
15.9/15.9/15.938.1/25.4/25.4 mm Turret Armor
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8//12/12/ HP Damage
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88.27 r/m 

Magazine-fed Gun

Burst Length: 5 rounds
Magazine Size: 40 rounds
Cycle Time: 0.11 s
Magazine Reload Times
Nominal: 22.9 s
50% Crew: 29.15 s
75% Crew: 25.65 s
100% Crew: 22.9 s
With Vents: 22.38 s
With Vents and BiA: 21.96 s

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98.9 r/m 

Magazine-fed Gun

Burst Length: 3 rounds
Magazine Size: 15 rounds
Cycle Time: 0.1 s
Magazine Reload Times
Nominal: 7.7 s
50% Crew: 9.8 s
75% Crew: 8.62 s
100% Crew: 7.7 s
With Vents: 7.52 s
With Vents and BiA: 7.38 s

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Rate of Fire






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21.44

Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (8 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 21.44
50% Crew: 16.88
75% Crew: 19.12
100% Crew: 21.44
With Vents: 21.92
With Vents and BiA: 22.32

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 340.48
50% Crew: 336.08
75% Crew: 338.24
100% Crew: 340.48
With Vents: 340.96
With Vents and BiA: 341.36

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Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (12 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 93
50% Crew: 74.16
75% Crew: 83.64
100% Crew: 93
With Vents: 95.04
With Vents and BiA: 96.72

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 261.12
50% Crew: 244.56
75% Crew: 252.96
100% Crew: 261.12
With Vents: 262.8
With Vents and BiA: 264.36

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Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (12 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 93
50% Crew: 74.16
75% Crew: 83.64
100% Crew: 93
With Vents: 95.04
With Vents and BiA: 96.72

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 261.12
50% Crew: 244.56
75% Crew: 252.96
100% Crew: 261.12
With Vents: 262.8
With Vents and BiA: 264.36

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Damage Per Minute


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0.57 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.706 m
With 75% Crew: 0.617 m
With 100% Crew: 0.547 m
With BiA: 0.534 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.523 m
Maximum possible: 0.501 m

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0.5 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.619 m
With 75% Crew: 0.541 m
With 100% Crew: 0.479 m
With BiA: 0.469 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.459 m
Maximum possible: 0.44 m

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1.7 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.106 s
With 75% Crew: 1.839 s
With 100% Crew: 1.63 s
With GLD: 1.482 s
With BiA: 1.594 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.559 s
With both and GLD: 1.418 s
Maximum possible: 1.359 s

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1.7 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.106 s
With 75% Crew: 1.839 s
With 100% Crew: 1.63 s
With GLD: 1.482 s
With BiA: 1.594 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.559 s
With both and GLD: 1.418 s
Maximum possible: 1.359 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment
Aim time
3235 deg/s Turret Traverse
360° Gun Arc
-10°/+20°-10°/+20° Elevation Arc
18001200 rounds Ammo Capacity
General
2020 % Chance of Fire






260 m 

With 50% Crew: 204.3 m
With 75% Crew: 232.2 m
With 100% Crew: 260 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 273.2 m
With Coated Optics: 286 m
With Binocular Telescope: 325 m
Maximum possible: 372.2 m

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320 m 

With 50% Crew: 251.4 m
With 75% Crew: 285.7 m
With 100% Crew: 320 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 336.2 m
With Coated Optics: 352 m
With Binocular Telescope: 400 m
Maximum possible: 458.1 m

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View Range


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265 m 

With 50% Crew: 213.9 m
With 75% Crew: 245 m
With 100% Crew: 276.4 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 318 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 291.5 m
Maximum possible: 397.8 m

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265 m 

With 50% Crew: 213.9 m
With 75% Crew: 245 m
With 100% Crew: 276.4 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 318 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 291.5 m
Maximum possible: 397.8 m

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Signal Range
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II

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The M2 Light Tank is an American tier 2 light tank.

Development of the vehicle based on the M2A3 model was started in December 1938. The tank featured a new two-man turret with more powerful armament. A total of 365 vehicles were manufactured from May 1940 through March 1941. In April 1942, ten additional tanks were produced for training purposes. Some vehicles were supplied to the U.K. under Lend-Lease, others were deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps and saw combat in the Pacific Theater.

Shorter and smaller than its tier 2 cousin, the T2 Medium Tank, the M2 Light Tank has many of the same stats plus a much more powerful engine. The M2 is one of the fastest tier 2 tanks and is decently armored. It has a bit of difficulty in tight spaces, but in the open it is very fast. Its speed is best used to exploit the sluggishness of other low tier tanks.

The M2 Light Tank leads to the M3 Stuart.

Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables

Modules

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Guns

Tier Gun Penetration
(mm)
Damage
(HP)
Rate of fire
(rounds/minute)
Dispersion
(m/100m)
Aiming time
(s)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

II 20 mm Hispano-Suiza Birkigt Gun 30/41 12/12 98.9 0.5 1.7 68 2600
II 37 mm Gun M5 48/70/19 40/40/50 24 0.46 2.1 78 2000
I Browning MG caliber .50 HB, M2 27 8 112.39 0.57 1.7 70 2000

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Turrets

Tier Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear)
(mm)
Turret Traverse Speed
(deg/s)
View Range
(m)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I M2D27810 15.9/15.9/15.9 32 260 700 450
II M2D27812 38.1/25.4/25.4 35 320 800 640

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Engines

Tier Engine Engine Power
(hp)
Chance of Fire on Impact
(%)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

III Guiberson T-10204 220 20 331 500
III Continental W-670-7 262 20 256 5600

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Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit
(т)
Traverse Speed
(гр/сек)
Rmin Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I VVSS T16E1 11.5 36 B/2 3300 330
II VVSS T16E2 11.5 40 B/2 3300 620

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Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range
(м)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

II SCR 200 265 40 0


Compatible Equipment

Light Spall Liner Camouflage Net Coated Optics Experimental Optics Wear-Resistant Gun Laying Drive Venting System Extended Spare Parts Kit Enhanced Gun Laying Drive Enhanced Vertical Coil Springs 1 Class Improved Ventilation Class 1 Binocular Telescope Toolbox 

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher Natural Cover Optical Calibration Case of Cola Aim Tuning Experienced Firefighters 100-octane Gasoline 105-octane Gasoline Manual Fire Extinguisher Vent Purge Large First Aid Kit Large Repair Kit Duty Comes First Shell Organizer Focus on Target Increased Focus Small First Aid Kit Small Repair Kit Gearbox Intricacy Steady Hand Pre-Battle Maintenance Combat Course 


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good acceleration and top speed
  • Good view range
  • High ammunition capacity
  • Decent gun choice
  • Decent armor for tier II, angling it correctly is a must


Cons:


  • Poor accuracy on all guns
  • Poor turning properties
  • Fairly tall for a light tank
  • Bad gun depression


Performance

In its stock configuration, it is initially armed with the weakest gun in the entire game. While an excellent machine gun, the .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun is at best described as an amusing novelty in World of Tanks. Thankfully, it can quickly be upgraded to the Hispano-Suiza Birgikt auto-cannon, which does more damage and has higher penetration than the .50 caliber. Later the gun can be upgraded again with a powerful 37mm gun that hits very hard for its tier, considering its short reload time.

With the upgraded turret, this tank has 25mm of armor on all sides, both on the hull, and on the turret (the front has slightly better slope). As a result, you don't have to worry much about keeping your front facing your enemy with this tank. However, don't get too used to it since on most tanks facing matters a great deal.

Compared with the German auto-cannons at this tier, the 20 mm Hispano-Suiza Birgikt has significantly less penetration, but it fires three shots per burst instead of two, so against armor it can penetrate, it does much more damage. When using this weapon, try to avoid enemies you know you can't penetrate and focus on the ones you can. You will have to flank most tier 3 enemies to get at their weaker side or rear armor.

The SCR 506 radio is an excellent radio that's used on no less than 20 vehicles in the American tree. If you don't want to take the time to research it on tier 2, then research it on tier 3. You don't want to go beyond that without it.

With the high powered radio, great view range for a tier 2 tank, small size, quick speed and good maneuverability (especially with a trained crew) this tank makes a great scout regardless of tier - and is very underestimated by many higher tier players. A good tip is using this for tank companies - being a tier 2 tank, it has a very small match weight, but is still very useful as a scout and arty killer(although its guns might have issues penetrating even artillery). For example, one could bring (theoretically) THIRTY of these tanks in a medium tank company, although the feasibility of this is questionable.

The BT-2 light tank serves a similar purpose to this tank, but the M2 LT has higher view/signal range, more armor (marginal in anything but its own tier), similar firepower, and unfortunately less speed, maneuverability and acceleration. Similarly, the much loved premium T2 LT compares in much of the same ways; less signal/view range, less armor, similar firepower and higher speed and acceleration. The use of these tanks in higher tier battles can all be surprisingly effective.


Early Research

  • The 20 mm Hispano-Suiza Birgikt gun carries over from the T1 Cunningham, so you should upgrade to that immediately.
  • Both the engine and the turret are good places to begin researching.
  • Go from there.


Suggested Equipment


Improved VentilationEnhanced Gun Laying Drive Coated Optics 


Gallery

Historical Info

The M2 Light Tank was an American pre-World War II light tank that saw combat with the US Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion on Guadalcanal in 1942 during World War II. Its service with the 1st Tank Battalion during the Pacific War was its only US combat use during the war; however, it is believed that M2A4s served in Burma and India with the British 7th Hussars and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment during their engagements with the IJA 14th Tank Regiment. The M2A4 was the immediate predecessor of the M3 Stuart light tank.

History of Development

The Light Tank M2 was developed in 1935 by the Rock Island arsenal as an infantry tank for the US Army. It was inspired by the well-known Vickers 6-ton. Its main armament was one .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun in a small one-man turret, of which only 10 were made. The US Infantry Branch then decided to switch to a twin turret configuration, with a .30 caliber machine gun in the second turret. These two turret tanks was given the nickname “Mae west“ by the troops, after the popular busty movie star. The twin-turret layout was inefficient, but was a common feature of 1930s light tanks derived from the Vickers, such as the Soviet T-26 and Polish 7TP.

From the events in the Spanish Civil War, the US Army drew the conclusion that tanks had to be better armed and protected. By 1940 the twin machine gun turrets were replaced by one larger turret with a 37 mm gun, and armor was increased to 25 mm. Other upgrades included improved suspension, improved transmission, and better engine cooling.

The fall of France affected the progress on the US tank program. In July 1940, work began on a new light tank based on the M2. Stronger armor and a longer tank hull finally led to the M3 Stuart.

The importance of the M2 lies in its basis for the M3, which exploited the high speed and reliability of the mechanical parts based on the M2 program.

Deployment

In December 1941, the M2A1, M2A2, and M2A3 variants were only used for training. A small number of the M2A4 variant took part in the Battle of Guadalcanal while assigned to the US Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion, and remained in service in some areas of the Pacific until 1943.

Great Britain ordered 100 M2A4 tanks in the spring of 1941 . After 36 was delivered, the order was withdrawn in favor of the improved M3 Stuart. There is evidence that indicates these 36 M2A4s ended up as part of the British Army's 7th Hussars and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, fighting in the India and Burma campaigns against the Japanese 14th Tank Regiment.

Variants

M2A1 (1935) - .50 MG in a single turret. 10 units were produced.

M2A2 (1935) - Twin turrets. Dubbed "Mae West". 239 units produced.

M2A3 (1938) - Twin turrets, Thicker armor, improved suspension. 72 units produced.

M2A4 (1940) - Single turret with 37mm gun, thicker armor. 375 units produced.


Historical Gallery

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China IRenault NC-31 IIVickers Mk. E Type B IIIType 2597 Chi-Ha IVM5A1 Stuart VI59-16 VIType 64 VIIType 62 VIIWZ-131 VIIIWZ-132 IXWZ-132A XWZ-132-1
Japan IRenault Otsu IIType 95 Ha-Go IIType 97 Te-Ke IIIType 98 Ke-Ni IVType 5 Ke-Ho
Czechoslovakia IKolohousenka IILT vz. 35 IIILT vz. 38
Sweden IStrv fm/21 IIStrv m/38 IIL-60 IIIStrv m/40L
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