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 If flanking is not an option, then sniping is entirely possible. However, the lower accuracy, low penetration and low alpha damage tend to reduce its role. Still, passive scouting is entirely viable, with its 370 meter view range.  If flanking is not an option, then sniping is entirely possible. However, the lower accuracy, low penetration and low alpha damage tend to reduce its role. Still, passive scouting is entirely viable, with its 370 meter view range.
  
?Unfortunately, with the addition of the Cromwell medium tank on the British line, this tank becomes somewhat redundant, as the Cromwell can do anything the Easy 8 can do, except it's faster and smaller with a higher penetrating and damaging gun with better accuracy. However, there are a few niche bonuses to the E8 somewhat beneficial to use - the ability to use Vertical Stabilizer (if you can afford 500k for it), thicker effective hull armor, marginally superior view range, and the decent turret armor when combined with the gun mantlet. The sheer ROF can also hold back multiple tanks from a choke point as well as your teammates arrive to reinforce.+Compared to the Cromwell, this tank suffers from a high profile, lower damage per shot with the top guns, lower penetration in general, slower top speed, poor acceleration and inferior turret traverse. However, the Easy Eight has better armor, better DPM, better hull traverse, superior view range, better terrain passability and significantly better gun depression and elevation. Even when compared to vehicles such as the Cromwell. In a battle between both vehicles, assuming both fully upgraded and in a comparable condition, it usually comes down to who is a better commander of their respective tank.
  
?While the 76mm M1A1 and M1A2 may only seem to differ in rate of fire, it is important to note that the M1A2 is slightly more accurate than the M1A1, which can make all the difference in this tank's role of providing support for better armored vehicles. Adding the vertical stabilizer makes the M4A3E8 with a 76mm Gun M1A2 a formidable opponent in close combat as well. By circling the enemy, the E8 is more than capable of devastating higher tier tanks with the high rate of fire. A wolf-pack of E8s can be a devastating force on the battlefield.+While the 76mm M1A1 and M1A2 may only seem to differ in rate of fire, it is important to note that the M1A2 is slightly more accurate than the M1A1, which can make all the difference in this tank's role of providing support for better armored vehicles. Adding the vertical stabilizer makes the M4A3E8 with a 76mm Gun M1A2 a formidable opponent in close combat as well. By circling the enemy, the E8 is more than capable of devastating higher tier tanks with the high rate of fire. The devastation is even more prevalent if the gunner has a Deadeye perk, dealing ridiculous damage to any modules it will hit. A wolf-pack of E8s can be a devastating force on the battlefield.
  
 On a side-note: if the E8 were accurate to its design during WWII, the E8 would have wet-ammunition storage automatically, an evolutionary improvement over older models. On a side-note: if the E8 were accurate to its design during WWII, the E8 would have wet-ammunition storage automatically, an evolutionary improvement over older models.
  
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?* Upon purchasing this tank, immediately install the Wright Continental R-975C4 engine and upgrade the radio, which you unlocked on the M4.+* Upon purchasing this tank, immediately install the Wright Continental R-975C4 engine, M1A1 gun and upgrade the radio, which you unlocked on the M4.
 * Next work on upgrading the turret and getting the M1A2 gun, which increases the rate of fire and has better accuracy. * Next work on upgrading the turret and getting the M1A2 gun, which increases the rate of fire and has better accuracy.
 +* To improve mobility, getting the tracks is advised.
 * Go from there. * Go from there.
  

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Additional Statistics
(Top Configuration)

Camouflage

  • Stationary: 12.6%
  • When Moving: 9.4%
  • When Firing: 3.4%


Terrain Resistance

  • On Hard Ground: 0.96
  • On Medium Ground: 1.06
  • On Soft Ground: 1.63


Dispersion Change Values

  • Turret Contribution
  • Rotation: 0.12
  • Shot Recoil: 3.36
  • Suspension Contribution
  • Acceleration: 0.18
  • Turning: 0.18


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Nicknamed as the "Easy-Eight" or "E8", this tank is a quicker, slightly better armored version of the M4 Sherman. It also has an upgraded 76mm gun with an improved rate or fire and better accuracy. Considering all this, the M1A2 should not be overlooked on the upgrade path in comparison to the M1A1 as it really brings out the E8's strengths. Despite the increased armor compared to the M4 Sherman however, the E8 is still a very soft target and will be easily destroyed if it stays exposed to enemy fire.

Finding a balance is a necessity and is excellent practice for the American mediums that are to follow, which all share a similar lack of armor. Its strongest point is its excellent mobility. It accelerates very quickly on all grounds, and loses little energy in turns which makes it an ideal flanking tank. Anyone who underestimates this gem will very soon become a smoking wreck.

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Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables

Modules

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Guns

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Suspensions

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Radios

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Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Excellent damage per minute
  • Good speed and maneuverability
  • Very good gun depression
  • Good dispersion on the move and excellent terrain passability, making it a very dynamic tank
  • Tough turret front when combined with mantlet, this with the gun depression allows for good hull-down tactics


Cons:


  • Low penetration and shell damage compared to other Tier 6 mediums
  • Tall profile, large and weak sides are easily hit and penetrated
  • Does not have particularly good acceleration for a flanking medium, although it maintains speed well and turns very quickly


Performance

If you enjoyed the M4, but wished it was faster, then you'll love this tank. Like the M4A3E2, it gets the more powerful Ford GAA engine. Unlike the E2, it doesn't have a bunch of extra armor welded on. As a result, this tank is fastest and most maneuverable of the Sherman variants. It can also take advantage of a Vertical Stabilizer. Tier 6 tanks of other nations cannot. It can be quite helpful on a fast and maneuverable tank such as this one.

The E8 has 2 strongpoints in it's armor; the turret and the beaklike 101mm lower glacis. The thick turret and gun mantlet plus the E8's amazing gun depression makes hull-down tactics possible and safer. The 101mm beak armor plating is similar to other tanks of the similar chassis. It's the same slope as the front upper armor plating and a few angles can bounce the KV-85's feared 122mm D25T gun and give a chance for the E8 to retreat and regroup or engage and destroy the enemy with the M1A2's superb rate of fire.

Run and gun tactics are a must with the E8, as it has enough speed and maneuverability to circle many heavier tanks due to their inferior turret traverses. The higher than average gun depression angle allows the E8 to take up hull-down positions quite effectively as well. With the rapid rate of fire the E8 can devastate tier 7 and below tanks.

The E8 tends to be most successful as a flanker, a sniper or a passive scout. It has the speed and maneuverability to succeed at flanking where the E2 couldn't. This lets it hit the sides more easily, where the low-penetration is less of an issue. The high rate of fire, combined with a Deadeye perk on the gunner will devastate any victim. However, make sure your target is busy with one of your team mates or is isolated, or more often than not you'll be the one dying, instead of your target.

If flanking is not an option, then sniping is entirely possible. However, the lower accuracy, low penetration and low alpha damage tend to reduce its role. Still, passive scouting is entirely viable, with its 370 meter view range.

Compared to the Cromwell, this tank suffers from a high profile, lower damage per shot with the top guns, lower penetration in general, slower top speed, poor acceleration and inferior turret traverse. However, the Easy Eight has better armor, better DPM, better hull traverse, superior view range, better terrain passability and significantly better gun depression and elevation. Even when compared to vehicles such as the Cromwell. In a battle between both vehicles, assuming both fully upgraded and in a comparable condition, it usually comes down to who is a better commander of their respective tank.

While the 76mm M1A1 and M1A2 may only seem to differ in rate of fire, it is important to note that the M1A2 is slightly more accurate than the M1A1, which can make all the difference in this tank's role of providing support for better armored vehicles. Adding the vertical stabilizer makes the M4A3E8 with a 76mm Gun M1A2 a formidable opponent in close combat as well. By circling the enemy, the E8 is more than capable of devastating higher tier tanks with the high rate of fire. The devastation is even more prevalent if the gunner has a Deadeye perk, dealing ridiculous damage to any modules it will hit. A wolf-pack of E8s can be a devastating force on the battlefield.

On a side-note: if the E8 were accurate to its design during WWII, the E8 would have wet-ammunition storage automatically, an evolutionary improvement over older models.


Early Research

  • Upon purchasing this tank, immediately install the Wright Continental R-975C4 engine, M1A1 gun and upgrade the radio, which you unlocked on the M4.
  • Next work on upgrading the turret and getting the M1A2 gun, which increases the rate of fire and has better accuracy.
  • To improve mobility, getting the tracks is advised.
  • Go from there.


Suggested Equipment


Improved VentilationTank Gun Rammer Enhanced Gun Laying Drive Vertical Stabilizer Coated Optics 


Gallery

Historical Info

M4a3E8 at army maintenance depo in Korea

The official name is the M4A3(76)W HVSS, but "Sherman Easy Eight" is the nickname this tank is widely remembered. Sherman M4A3E8 earned the nickname from its experimental E8 designation. This new variant entered into WWII late in the war (Dec 1944), and was kept in service in various western allied nations deep into the Cold war.






Evolutionary differences from the prior Sherman variants

"Wet ammo rack". Storage of ammunition in the floor of the tank

This tank sported the much-vaunted HVSS (horizontal volute spring suspension) wide track and suspension upgrade. HVSS suspension increased the Sherman's weight by 2950lbs with the T66 single-pin track and 4780 lbs with the T84 double-pin track. HVSS allowed the installation of wider tracks, thereby decreasing the tank's ground pressure, and eased maintenance on the running gear since the bogie no longer had to be disassembled to remove road wheels. HVSS also provided more wheel travel, which gave the tank an easier and more stable ride, it also made the tank a much more stable firing platform.

The turret was also enlarged to accommodate the more powerful 76 mm gun. Muzzle velocity of the 76 mm cannon, the vehicle's primary armament, was 792 m/sec, causing penetration of 101 mm of armor at a distance of 1,000 yards (914 m). Maximum range of the cannon in indirect fire mode was 15,000 yards (13,716 meters). From it's predecessor, the M4A3E8 inherited glacis sloped to 47 degrees to the vertical, while driver and co-driver vision slots were changed to periscopes housed in the top of the hatches.

M4A3E8 Sherman Left Side

The most significant change that distinguished the "Easy Eight" from it's predecessors was the "wet storage" of ammunition to reduce fire risk in the event of penetration from an enemy AP round. The primary place of storage of ammunition was moved from the side of the turret (dry storage) into protected folders on the floor of the tank under the turret (wet storage).

Production of "Easy Eights" began in early 1944 and continued until April 1945. The "Easy Eight" became the standard tank of the American 3rd and seventh Army in Europe, and after the war, was successfully deployed in Korea and the Middle East. In the postwar years, it was included in the armament of various Western Allied armies. A total of 4,542 M4A3 tanks of both suspension types were produced.


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