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M2

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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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3,800  Credits Cost
140165 HP Hit Points
11.58/11.711.61/14.2 t Weight Limit
Crew
  1. Commander (Loader)
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
Mobility
245262 hp Engine Power
58/17 km/h Speed Limit
3640 deg/s Traverse
21.1622.57 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
Armament







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Shell Cost
8//40/40/50 HP Damage
27//48/70/19 mm Penetration



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110.14 r/m 

Magazine-fed Gun

Burst Length: 5 rounds
Magazine Size: 40 rounds
Cycle Time: 0.11 s
Magazine Reload Times
Nominal: 17.5 s
50% Crew: 22.27 s
75% Crew: 19.6 s
100% Crew: 17.5 s
With Vents: 17.1 s
With Vents and BiA: 16.78 s

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23.08 r/m 

Standard Gun

Reload Times
Nominal: 2.6 s
50% Crew: 3.31 s
75% Crew: 2.91 s
100% Crew: 2.6 s
Rammer: 2.34 s
Vents: 2.54 s
Both: 2.29 s
Both and BiA: 2.24 s
Both and Max Crew %: 2.15 s

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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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923.2

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (40 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 923.2
50% Crew: 725.2
75% Crew: 824.4
100% Crew: 923.2
100% Crew
Vents: 944.8
Rammer: 1025.6
Both: 1049.6
Both and BiA: 1070
Both and Max Crew %: 1116

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 963.2
50% Crew: 765.2
75% Crew: 864.4
100% Crew: 963.2
100% Crew
Rammer: 1065.6
Vents: 984.8
Both: 1089.6
Both and BiA: 1110
Both and Max Crew %: 1156

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Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (40 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 923.2
50% Crew: 725.2
75% Crew: 824.4
100% Crew: 923.2
100% Crew
Vents: 944.8
Rammer: 1025.6
Both: 1049.6
Both and BiA: 1070
Both and Max Crew %: 1116

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 963.2
50% Crew: 765.2
75% Crew: 864.4
100% Crew: 963.2
100% Crew
Rammer: 1065.6
Vents: 984.8
Both: 1089.6
Both and BiA: 1110
Both and Max Crew %: 1156

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Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (50 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1154
50% Crew: 906.5
75% Crew: 1030.5
100% Crew: 1154
100% Crew
Vents: 1181
Rammer: 1282
Both: 1312
Both and BiA: 1337.5
Both and Max Crew %: 1395

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 1204
50% Crew: 956.5
75% Crew: 1080.5
100% Crew: 1204
100% Crew
Rammer: 1332
Vents: 1231
Both: 1362
Both and BiA: 1387.5
Both and Max Crew %: 1445

See here, here, or here for more information.
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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0.47 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.582 m
With 75% Crew: 0.508 m
With 100% Crew: 0.451 m
With BiA: 0.441 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.431 m
Maximum possible: 0.413 m

For more details, see Crew
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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


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2.1 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.601 s
With 75% Crew: 2.271 s
With 100% Crew: 2.014 s
With GLD: 1.831 s
With BiA: 1.969 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.926 s
With both and GLD: 1.751 s
Maximum possible: 1.679 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment
Aim time
3235 deg/s Turret Traverse
360° Gun Arc
-10°/+20°-10°/+20° Elevation Arc
1800103 rounds Ammo Capacity
General
1220 % 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

For more details, see Skills or Equipment






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

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
View Range


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350 m 

With 50% Crew: 282.5 m
With 75% Crew: 323.6 m
With 100% Crew: 365 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 420 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 385 m
Maximum possible: 525.4 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment


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350 m 

With 50% Crew: 282.5 m
With 75% Crew: 323.6 m
With 100% Crew: 365 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 420 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 385 m
Maximum possible: 525.4 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
Signal Range
Values are Stock - click for Top


II

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3800

The M2 is a British tier 2 light tank.

American light tank. The M2A4 variant, manufactured from 1940 through 1942, was supplied to the U.K. under Lend-Lease. A total of four vehicles of this variant were supplied to the U.K. in the fall of 1941.

The M2 leads to the Stuart I-IV.

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)

I Browning MG caliber .50 HB, M2 27 8 112.92 0.57 1.7 70 2000
II 37 mm Gun M5 48/70/19 40/40/50 23.08 0.47 2.1 78 2100

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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 M2A1 15.9/15.9/15.9 32 260 700 350
II M2A4 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 Continental W-670-9A 262 20 256 5600
III Guiberson T-1020-4 245 12 331 5000

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Suspensions

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

I M2A1 11.7 36 B/2 3300 330
II M2A4 14.2 40 B/2 3300 630

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Radios

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

III WS No. 11 350 40 600


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 Aim Tuning Experienced Firefighters Manual Fire Extinguisher Vent Purge Large First Aid Kit Large Repair Kit Duty Comes First Shell Organizer Focus on Target Pudding and Tea 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 armour 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 calibre M2 Browning machine gun is at best described as an amusing novelty in World of Tanks. 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 armour 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.

With the high powered radio, great view range for a tier 2 tank, small size, quick speed and good manoeuvrability (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 has higher view/signal range, more armour (marginal in anything but its own tier), similar firepower, and unfortunately less speed, manoeuvrability and acceleration. Similarly, the much loved premium T2 LT compares in much of the same ways; less signal/view range, less armour, similar firepower and higher speed and acceleration. The use of these tanks in higher tier battles can all be surprisingly effective.


Early Research

  • 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 calibre 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 calibre machine gun in the second turret. These two turret tanks was given the nickname “Mae west“ by the troops, after the popular busty film-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 armour 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 armour 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

UK
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Medium Tanks IVickers Medium Mk. I IIVickers Medium Mk. II IIIVickers Medium Mk. III IVMatilda IVGrant IVAC 1 Sentinel VCrusader VSherman III VMatilda Black Prince VISherman Firefly VICromwell VIAC 4 Experimental VICromwell B VIIComet VIIICenturion Mk. I VIIIFV4202 VIIIChieftain/T95 IXCenturion Mk. 7/1 XCenturion Action X
Heavy Tanks VChurchill I VExcelsior VIChurchill VII VITOG II* VIIBlack Prince VIIFV201 (A45) VIIICaernarvon IXConqueror XFV215b XSuper Conqueror
Tank Destroyers IIUniversal Carrier 2-pdr IIIValentine AT IVAlecto VArcher VAT 2 VIChurchill Gun Carrier VIAchilles VIAT 8 VIIChallenger VIIAT 15A VIIAT 7 VIIIAT 15 VIIICharioteer IXTortoise IXFV4004 Conway XFV215b (183) XFV4005 Stage II XFV217 Badger
Self-Propelled Artillery IILoyd Gun Carriage IIISexton II IIISexton I IVBirch Gun VBishop VIFV304 VIICrusader 5.5-in. SP VIIIFV207 IXFV3805 XConqueror Gun Carriage
Light Tanks
USA IT1 Cunningham IIM2 Light Tank IIT1E6 IIT2 Light Tank IIT7 Combat Car IIIM22 Locust IIIM3 Stuart IVM5 Stuart VM24 Chaffee VM7 VIT21 VIT37 VIIT71 CMCD VIIT71 DA VIIIT92 VIIIM41 Walker Bulldog IXT49 XXM551 Sheridan
UK IICruiser Mk. I IIM2 IICruiser Mk. III IILight Mk. VIC IIIStuart I-IV IIICruiser Mk. IV IIICruiser Mk. II IVValentine IVCovenanter
Germany ILeichttraktor IIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIPz.Kpfw. 35 (t) IIPz.Kpfw. I IIPz.Kpfw. II III43 M. Toldi III IIIPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) IIIPz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G IIIPz.Kpfw. T 15 IVPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A. IVPz.Kpfw. II Luchs VVK 16.02 Leopard VIVK 28.01 VIIAufklärungspanzer Panther VIISpähpanzer SP I C VIIIleKpz M 41 90 mm GF VIIIHWK 12 IXSpähpanzer Ru 251 XRheinmetall Panzerwagen
France IRenault FT IID1 IIFCM 36 IIRenault R35 IIHotchkiss H35 IIIAMX 38 IVAMX 40 VAMX ELC bis VIAMX 12 t VIIAMX 13 75 VIIAMX 13 57 GF VIIIBat.-Châtillon 12 t IXAMX 13 90 XAMX 13 105
USSR IMS-1 IIBT-2 IIT-45 IIT-26 IIT-60 IITetrarch IIIBT-7 IIIBT-SV IIILTP IIIM3 Light IIIBT-7 artillery IIIT-127 IIIT-46 IIIT-70 IVA-20 IVT-80 IVValentine II VT-50 VIMT-25 VIILTG VIIILTTB IXT-54 ltwt. XT-100 LT
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
Poland