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GB78_Sexton_I (Stock)

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Totals
1250 Price
140 Hit Points
25.82 / 31 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
50.8/31.8/38.1Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
19.1/12.7/0Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
390 h.p.Engine Power
40.2 km/hSpeed Limit
24 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
280 Standard Shell Damage
44 mmStandard Shell Penetration
8.6 Reload Time
16 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
330 mView Range
570 mSignal Range
Sexton I
III
Sexton I
1250
In 1943 the Montreal Locomotive Works started mass production of the Sexton Artillery, developed on the basis of RAM II. A total of 2150 vehicles were produced by 1945, of which 125 were designated as Sexton I.

The Sexton I is a British tier 3 premium self-propelled gun.

In 1943 the Montreal Locomotive Works started mass production of the Sexton SPG, developed on the basis of RAM II. A total of 2150 vehicles were produced by 1945, of which 125 were designated as Sexton I.

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Sexton I

Stock

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV OQF 25-pdr Howitzer Mk. II 510 44/92/71 280/180/180 6.98 0.76 5.5
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Wright (Continental) R975 EC2 516 390 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III Sexton I 11000 31 24
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IX WS No. 19 Special 0 570

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Vertical Coil Springs 2 Class
Medium-Caliber Artillery Shell Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Pudding and Tea
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Gun range: 1050 m
  • High rate of fire
  • Fairly mobile
  • Massive ammo capacity
  • Large gun sweep


Cons:


  • Low damage per shot
  • Poor shell penetration
  • Low XP generation limits training
  • Crew positions do not match well with other Brit SPG
  • Almost 100% identical to the Sexton II, making it the most pointless premium tank in game.


Performance

A basic SPG. Not super accurate or hard-hitting, but rapid firing. Expect to bounce quite a few shots if shooting heavily-armored foes. However, the high rate of fire somewhat helps negate this.

Makes fair credits for a Tier 3 Premium tank, but nothing spectacular.

Note that there are some downsides for those considering using the Sexton I for training British SPG crews:

- First, the crew positions do not match well with other British SPGs. For example, the Radio Operator Position in only found on one other SPG - the Sexton II. Also, 3 British SPGs have 2 Gunners while the Sexton I only has one.

- A second issue is the low experience point generation. This tank does not have a XP gain modifier like most Premium tanks - the XP generation is the same as the non-Premium Sexton II. This noticeably limits the rate you can train crew and dramatically reduces its usefulness to train high-tier SPG crew.


Historical Info

Final touches on Sexton SP at the final stage of production

The 25pdr SP, tracked, Sexton was a self-propelled artillery vehicle of World War II, based on an American tank hull design, built by Canada for the British Army, and associated Commonwealth forces, and some of the other Allies. It was developed to give the British Army a mobile artillery gun using their Ordnance QF 25 ponder gun-howitzer. From 1943 it replaced the US built M7 Priest (US 105 mm guns on a M3 Lee tank chassis); these had replaced the British Bishop (25 pdr on Valentine tank chassis) which had been improvised in 1942.

Development history

In 1942, the US supplied enough M7 Priest self-propelled howitzers to equip a number of British Army artillery units in fighting in North Africa. The British found the Priest to be an excellent weapon, which gave artillery the same mobility as tank units. However, the Priest used the American 105 mm howitzer rather than the British equivalent, the QF 25 ponder gun-howitzer. Having to supply different ammunition for a few units complicated supply for the British Army. The US attempted to fit a 25 ponder to the M7 Priest - producing the T51 in mid 1942 - but the program suffered delays including the destruction of the gun mount on the prototype during the first live-firing exercises. US resources were not available for a vehicle solely for British use so Britain turned to Canada. The Canadian Army Engineering Design Branch through the Canadian government's Department of Munitions and Supply were asked to build a vehicle similar to the M7 on the Ram tank chassis. The Ram tank was a Canadian tank design that used the chassis of the American Medium Tank M3 as did the Priest. The Ram had been sidelined by a decision to standardize on the Sherman tank for British and Canadian units. A prototype was completed on 23 June 1942. Following trials in Canada, the Canadian government ordered 124 vehicles in three batches. The prototype was shipped to the United Kingdom in early 1943, where it underwent further trials; the vehicle was found to be highly satisfactory and was given the designation "Sexton" (after the religious custodian) in May 1943. The British government ordered 300 Sextons in the summer of 1943; however, these Sextons were to be built on Grizzly tank hulls (Canadian-built M4A1 Sherman tanks) instead of Ram tank hulls. The Ram-based Sexton was designated as the Sexton Mark I and the Grizzly-based Sexton was designated the Sexton Mark II. British orders for the Sexton II eventually totaled 2,026 vehicles.

Unlike the Ram, which was inferior operationally to the Sherman and never saw combat as a gun tank, the Sexton was successful. Between 1943 and 1945, the Montreal Locomotive Works manufactured a total of 2,150 Sextons for the use of both Canadian and British forces. The vehicle entered service in September 1943. The vehicles were first used in combat in Italy by the British Eighth Army. Later Sextons took part in the invasion of France and subsequent Battle of Normandy and the campaign in north-western Europe. During the D-day landings a number of Sextons were ordered to fire from their landing craft as they approached the beaches although the fire did not prove to be very accurate. In spite of its confused origins, the Sexton was a combination of proven parts and proved to be a successful design and remained in British service until 1956. In oppose to Germany, which often used its self-propelled guns (assault guns) in a front line direct fire role, Britain and Canada only used the Sexton for indirect supporting fire. They kept the Sextons well back from the front line and used forward observers to direct overwhelming fire on a target.


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UK IILoyd Gun Carriage IIISexton II IIISexton I IVBirch Gun VBishop VIFV304 VIICrusader 5.5-in. SP VIIIFV207 IXFV3805 XConqueror Gun Carriage
Germany IIG.Pz. Mk. VI (e) IIISturmpanzer I Bison IIIWespe IVPz.Sfl. IVb IVSturmpanzer II VGrille VIHummel VIIG.W. Panther VIIIG.W. Tiger (P) IXG.W. Tiger XG.W. E-100
France IIRenault FT 75 BS IIILorraine 39L AM IVAMX 105 AM mle. 47 VAMX 13 105 AM mle. 50 V105 leFH18B2 VIAMX 13 F3 AM VIILorraine 155 mle. 50 VIIILorraine 155 mle. 51 IXBat.-Châtillon 155 55 XBat.-Châtillon 155 58
USSR IISU-18 IIISU-26 IVSU-5 VSU-122A VISU-8 VIIS-51 VIISU-14-1 VIIISU-14-2 IX212A XObject 261
China
Japan
Czechoslovakia
Sweden
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UK mark_id IIISexton I VExcelsior VMatilda Black Prince VICromwell Knight VITOG II* VIIAT 15A mark_id
Germany mark_id IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) mark_id IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f) IIIT-15 IVPz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f) mark_id VPz.Kpfw. IV Hydrostat VPz.Kpfw. V/IV VT-25 VIDicker Max VIPz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm mark_id VIIE-25 VIIPanther/M10 VIIIPanther mit 8,8 cm L/71 VIII8,8 cm PaK 43 Jagdtiger VIIILöwe mark_id
France IIIFCM 36 PaK 40 V105 leFH18B2 VIF224 AMX Chaffee VIIIFCM 50 t VIIIFCM 50 t Liberté
USSR IITetrarch IIIBT-SV mark_id IIIM3 Light IIISU-76I IIIT-127 mark_id mark_id IVValentine II VChurchill III VKV-220 mark_id VMatilda IV VSU-85I mark_id VISU-100Y VIT-34-88 mark_id VIISU-122-44 VIIT-44-122 mark_id VIIIIS-6 VIIIKV-5 mark_id
China VIType 64 mark_id mark_id mark_id VIIIT-34-3 VIII112 mark_id
Japan mark_id mark_id VType 3 Chi-Nu Kai
Czechoslovakia
Sweden