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T32 (Stock)

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Totals
2610000 Price
1400 Hit Points
54.41 / 54.83 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
127/76/51Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
114/76.2/76.2Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
720 h.p.Engine Power
35 km/hSpeed Limit
20 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
240 Standard Shell Damage
170 mmStandard Shell Penetration
7.6 Time for Complete Loading
26 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
380 mView Range
395 mSignal Range
VIII
T32
2610000
Development of this tank started in February 1945. Four prototypes underwent trials from the spring of 1946 until the end of the year. Never saw mass production.

The T32 is, compared to the earlier T29, a more balanced tank. Combining the still heavily-armored turret with more adequate hull armor, decent mobility, and a sleeker body, it is a tank that better controls what the enemy targets on it. Compared to other tanks of its tier, the T32's main weakness is the 105mm T5E1. Against the tier X tanks which the T32 faces (and the T29 avoided) as well as some tier VIII and IX tanks, it lacks high penetrating power and thus this heavy tank can on occasion struggle in frontal engagements. The T32 excels when paired with or against medium and light tanks as either a hunter or a supporter for flanking and pushes, or against heavy tanks as a defensive bunker in primary lanes to slow pushes.

T32

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VII T99E2 9500 114/76.2/76.2 26 380
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T15E2 2050 170/258/45 240/240/320 7.89 0.38 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VII Ford GAZ 556 720 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VII T84E1A 12000 54.83 20
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI SCR 508 0 395

T32E1

Defense

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VII T99E2 9500 114/76.2/76.2 26 380
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 105 mm Gun T5E1 2400 198/245/53 320/320/420 4.76 0.42 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII GMC Allison V1710-E32 556 760 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII T84E3A 12000 60.5 25
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X SCR 528 0 745

T32E2

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX T119 12200 298/197/152 25 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 105 mm Gun T5E1 2400 198/245/53 320/320/420 5.66 0.41 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AV-1790-3 569 800 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII T84E3A 12000 60.5 25
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X SCR 528 0 745

T32E2 (90)

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX T119 12200 298/197/152 25 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T15E2 2050 170/258/45 240/240/320 7.89 0.38 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AV-1790-3 569 800 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII T84E3A 12000 60.5 25
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X SCR 528 0 745

Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 2
Large Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class
Improved Ventilation Class 3
Large-caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 2

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Case of Cola
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Frontal turret armor + gun mantlet equates to roughly 600mm of armor which cannot be penetrated by any tank in the game
  • Good gun depression
  • Sufficient agility for a heavy tank
  • Improved armor thickness over the T29 allows for a few bounces if angled against lower tier or some equal-tier tanks.
  • Large tracks with some armor backing and no sponsons combined with a turret that's not too far forwards allows the T32 to sid


Cons:


  • The hull armor is not strong against TDs and tier X guns
  • The stock turret is incredibly weak and invalidates hull-down tactics until upgraded
  • Penetration is sub-par for a tier 8 heavy and the T32 does not have enough speed to flank in its own lane. The APCR shell is
  • Rather noticeable commander's hatch which does not have much effective resistance in closeer combat and can negate the mantle


Performance

As stock, you can't expect much out of a T32. It has the health of a tier 7 as stock, absolutely dismal armor, and had virtually no sloping anywhere on the tank. The 90mm is insufficient at tier 8 and the 105mm cannot be mounted with the stock suspension. Therefore, it is highly recommended to get Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class. This will allow you to mount the 105mm. After you upgrade the suspension, you may remove it if you wish.

This tank is best played in one of two ways: as a aggressive brawler (against mediums or lone heavies) or as a support tank depending on the enemy you are fighting. One on one you want to usually get up close and abuse terrain or poor opponent depression using low profile and depression to hit enemy weakspots while moving diagonally in small amounts between shots to make it hard to hit your commanders hatch. However doing this is ill advised if there is another enemy that can easily flank you or is vastly more maneuverable (unless you can corner them in a area that limits their mobility like a alleyway). You may also play as support with this tank. Let your team take the hits and give them support. If necessary, your health is sufficient to take a few hits for your team so a teammate can live to see another shot. Avoid any opportunity to give your opponents a shot at your hull except for trackwheel baiting shots or sidescraping, and you will do well.


Early Research

  • The gun, engine and radio carry over from the T29 and should be mounted right away.
  • Research the suspension first, you will not be able to mount the 105mm without it.
  • Next research the turret.


Historical Info

The successful employment of the heavily armored assault tank M4A3E2 in Europe during the Fall of 1944 emphasized the need for greater armor protection. On 7 December 1944, the Army Ground Forces recommended that the Ordnance Department develop a modification of the new Pershing tank with heavier armor, and the Army Services Forces directed that immediate action be taken to comply with this request. Two approaches were followed to solve the problem. The first produced essentially a standard Pershing with thicker armor and a lower final-drive gear ratio to maintain a reasonable level of mobility. This vehicle was designated as the heavy (later medium) tank T26E5. A longer range solution was to develop a new tank utilizing as many Pershing components as possible. On 8 February 1945, construction of four tank prototypes of such a vehicle was recommended and designated as the heavy tank T32. Formal approval for this project was recorded in March.

Technical info

T32 Technical drawings
The design of the new tank proceeded on a high priority basis, and by 10 April 1945, a mock-up was almost complete and approximately 80 percent of the drawings for the first two prototypes had been released. A power package consisting of the Ford GAC V-12 engine and the cross-drive transmission similar to that planned for the heavy tank T29 was incorporated into the design. As many Pershing components as possible were utilized, but an extra road wheel was added to the torsion bar suspension, bringing the total on each side to seven. The Pershing's 23-inch wide T80E1 tracks were fitted with the five-inch extended end-connectors to further reduce the ground pressure.

The high-velocity 90mm T15E2 gun with a single coaxial .30 caliber machine gun was specified for all four prototypes. This cannon used separated ammunition with a very long cartridge case, requiring a rearrangement of the interior stowage as compared to the Pershing. The 90mm T15E2 gun had a muzzle velocity of 3200 feet per second with the 24 pound AP T43 shot, and 3750 feet per second with the 16.7 pound HVAP T44 shot. The armor on the front hull was specified as five inches at 54 degrees from the vertical, and the turret varied in thickness from 11.75 inches in front to 6 inches in the rear. The front hull was cast for the first two prototypes and a .30 caliber machine gun was installed in a bow mount for the assistant driver. Both the driver and assistant driver had a single periscope fitted in the hatch cover over their seats.

Prototypes 3 and 4 were assembled using rolled armor plate on the front hull and the bow machine gun was omitted. On the latter two vehicles, the driver's wide angle periscopes were mounted in the front armor and their hatch covers were pivoted rather than hinged, allowing them to be opened without interference from the traversing turret. OCM 28680, on 9 August 1945, revised the military characteristics and recommended that prototypes 3 and 4 be designated as the heavy tank T32E1.
T32 top view
Prototypes 1 and 2 were completed on 15 January and 19 April 1946, respectively, and both were shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Prototypes 3 and 4 (T32E1) were completed on 14 May and 19 June 1946. Number 3 was shipped to Fort Knox and the fourth vehicle was retained at Detroit Arsenal for engineering studies.

The T32 was the first tank with the cross-drive transmission to be tested at Aberdeen and Fort Knox and, as might be expected, a lot of problems were encountered. The early EX-120 version of the cross-drive had the usual teething troubles of an experimental design and required excessive maintenance to keep it going. However, it led directly to the development of the CD-850 series of cross-drive transmissions, which became the standard in American tanks.

T-series prototypes

The T29, T30, T32, and T34 series of tanks were used to evaluate numerous experimental components after World War II. Although too late for the war for which they were designed, they provided invaluable service in developing these components for later tanks. Much of the work that made the early AV-1790 engine and the CD-850 transmission a reliable power package utilized these tanks. Later, they were used in the development of other power train components, such as the XT-1400 transmission, which was tested in the T30.


American Heavy tank comparision
Mk.VII M6 T28 T29 T30 T32 T34 M103A2
Crew 8 6 4 6 6 5 6 5
Length 10,43m 8,43m 11,12m 11,56m 10,9m 10,83m 11,77m 11,23m
Width 3,66m 3,12m 4,54m 3,8m 3,8m 3,76m 3,8m 3,63m
Height 3,12m 3,00m 2,86m 3,22m 3,22m 2,81m 3,22m 3,56m
Weight 39,5t 57,4t 86,3t 64,25t 64,74t 54,5t 65,2t 58,1t
Engine
Power
Liberty
338hp
G-200
960hp
GAF
500hp
GAC
770hp
AV1790
810hp
GAC
770hp
AV1790
810hp
AV1790
750hp
Max. Speed 8,8km/h 35km/h 12,8km/h 35km/h 35km/h 35km/h 35km/h 37km/h
Hull Armour
(angle)
12mm
(28)
83mm
(30)
305mm 102mm
(54)
102mm
(54)
127mm
(54)
102mm
(54)
127mm
(60)
Side Armour 12mm 70mm 152mm 76mm 76mm 76mm 76mm 51mm
Turret Armour
(mantlet)
16mm 83mm
(102mm)
- 178mm
(279mm)
178mm
(279mm)
298mm
(298mm)
178mm
(279mm)
127mm
(254mm)
Top Armour 6-10mm 25mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm
Bottom Armour 6-8mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 38mm
Gun 2x57mm
Hotchkiss
75mm M7
37mm MB
105mm
T5E1
105mm
T5E2
155mm
T7
90mm
T15E2
120mm
T53
120mm
M58
Secondary
Armament
5x7,62mm
Hotchkiss
2x12,7mm
HB M2
2x7,62mm
M1919A4
12,7mm
HB M2
3x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M1919M4
2x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M1919M4
12,7mm
HB M2
2x7.62mm
M1919M4
3x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M1919M4
3x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M37


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