|800 Hit Points|
|43.39 / 43.81 kgWeight|
|76.2/50.8/38.1Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)|
|76/25/25Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)|
|560 h.p.Engine Power|
|56 km/hSpeed Limit|
|30 deg/secTraverse Speed|
|240 Standard Shell Damage|
|160 mmStandard Shell Penetration|
|7.7 Time for Complete Loading|
|18 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed|
|380 mView Range|
|395 mSignal Range|
When fully upgraded, the T25/2 has similar speed and maneuverability to the T25 AT. However, unlike the T25 AT, the T25/2's turret cannot mount the powerful 105 mm AT Gun T5E1. The combination of only being able to use the 90 mm AT Gun T15E2 gun along with poor armor limits the T25/2 to the second line on the battlefield. The T25/2 does get a fully enclosed turret upgrade, which increases its ability to withstand HE and artillery rounds. Using your speed to get into positions and provide fire support to your allies quickly while avoiding enemy fire is key to playing this tank destroyer.
Pros and Cons
- Turret mantlet is surprisingly bouncy and the addition of a roof cover on 2nd turret reduces artillery and HE damage
- Good speed and reasonable mobility once upgraded
- Excellent gun depression
- Good for hull down, thanks to its small turret and relatively low hull.
- Great aim time on both guns
- Armour is almost useless when in battles of higher tier
- Worst top gun of its tier, barely an upgrade over it's predecessor
- Poor turret traverse
- Turret is easily damaged
- Can be an extremely painful stock grind
It is important not to think of this tank as a progression from the Hellcat, but rather as a larger Jackson as the TD plays much more like the slower Jackson than the speedy Hellcat . Its highest gun is adequate for its own tier, though it is rare to be at the top of the list. It is best to use this as a second line tank, sniping at already engaged tanks or hitting them from out of their range before relocating. The depression of its guns is excellent, allowing you to make shots that most opponents wouldn't expect, especially if you are on higher or lower ground, and can save you from some difficult encounters. It is imperative to aim for the weak spots on opponents, and avoid fighting alone or spearheading an attack. The T15E2 gun has good penetration for its tier. If possible, try to remain undetected whilst killing off low-health targets. If detected, use it's speed to relocate before taking too much damage. Coming from the M18 Hellcat the T25/2 may seem like a let-down, especially when it is stock but in the right hands it can be an excellent tank.
- The SCR 506 radio carries over from the T82, and should be equipped immediately.
- Next, go for the engine, as it greatly increases your maneuverability.
- The stock suspension cannot hold anything else now, so go for the next suspension upgrade.
- Then, the upgraded turret to hold the upgrade 90mm.
- Last, the upgrade 90mm, for an increase of 10 millimeters of penetration.
In March 1943 a new turret was fitted with a 90 mm AA gun and put onto a T23 model.
The Army Service Forces placed an order for 50 of these tanks.1 10 of these were to be T26s. The first T25s were completed until early 1944.
A request for 8,000 T25s and T26s with 75 mm and 76 mm guns was rejected.
DevelopmentThe T25 and T26 lines of tanks came into being in the midst of a heated internal debate within the U.S. Army in the mid-1943 to early 1944 over the need for tanks with greater firepower and armor. A 90 mm gun mounted in a massive new turret was installed in both series. The T26 series were given additional frontal hull armor, with the glacis plate increased to 4 in (10 cm). This increased the weight of the T26 series to over 40 short tons (36 t) and decreased their mobility and durability as the engine and powertrain were not improved to compensate for the weight gain.
Sources and External Links
Chamberlain, P. and C. Ellis, 2000, British and American Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks 1939-1945, Cassel Reprint, London, 224p, ISBN:9780304355297.
Forty, G., 2007, The World Encyclopedia of Tanks & Armoured Fighting Vehicles - An Illustrated History Of The World's Most Important Tanks and AFVs From The Beginning Of The 20th Century To The Present Day, Anness Press, London, ISBN:9780754817413.
Zaloga, S.J., 2005, US Anti-tank Artillery 1941–45, New Vanguard Series 107, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 48p, ISBN:9781841766904.