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?|Nicknamed as the "Easy-Eight" or "E8", this tank is a quicker, slightly better armored version of the [[Tank:A05_M4_Sherman|M4 Sherman]]. It also has an upgraded 76mm gun with an improved rate of 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. In addition it's twin, the M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo has thicker armor, more firepower, and more hitpoints than the M4A3E8 Sherman.+
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?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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?|Sidebar_Camostop=12.6+
?|Sidebar_Camomove=9.4+
?|Sidebar_Camofire=3.4+
?|Sidebar_Passhard=0.959+
?|Sidebar_Passmed=1.055+
?|Sidebar_Passsoft=1.63+
?|Sidebar_DispTurret=0.115+
?|Sidebar_DispRecoil=3.356+
?|Sidebar_DispAccel=0.182+
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?* Rapid rate of fire and reasonably good damage per minute+
?* Highly mobile: good speed and maneuverability+
?* Best gun depression (12 degrees) and elevation angles for any Tier 6 medium tank. +
?* OK dispersion on the move, ability to use Vertical Stabilizer and excellent terrain resistance.+
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?* Armor exceptionally poor, even gun mantlet and lower glacis.+
?* 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. +
?* Engine damage is occasional from the front.+
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?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 Jumbo, it doesn't have a bunch of extra armor welded on to weigh it down. As a result, this tank is the fastest and most maneuverable of the Sherman variants. It can also take advantage of a Vertical Stabilizer. Coupled with its good mobility and already good gun dispersion on the move, it can easily circle and destroy less maneuverable vehicles in a hail of 76mm shells.+
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?Despite the fact it is considered a fragile tank, it has two strongpoints on its armor; the turret and the beaklike 101mm lower glacis. The thick turret, tall height and gun mantlet plus the E8's amazing gun depression makes hull-down positions useful. The lower glacis is similar to other tanks of the similar chassis. It's the same slope as the front upper armor plating and can with luck, can bounce very powerful guns 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. Of all the Tier 6 flanking mediums, it has the best armor. From the front, it is able to withstand low-tier autocannon, absorb direct hits from large-caliber high-explosive shells and if hull-down, medium tank cannon if they strike the large mantlet. Despite the resilience of the armor, it is no Sherman Jumbo and should always be treated as a medium tank. +
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?It's biggest asset and crippling flaw is its gun; the 76mm Gun M1A2 has excellent DPM and dispersion, and can be augmented by Gun Rammers and Vertical Stabilizers to make a formidable flanker. However, it achieves its excellent DPM through its rate of fire; it's DPS of 115 is the lowest for any top gun on any vehicle, tied with the Sherman Jumbo which employs the same selection of guns. Furthermore, with an AP penetration of 128mm, it is the lowest on any Tier 6 medium tank. Because of its low DPS and AP penetration combined with pitiful armor, many players consider the Jumbo a better vehicle due to its armor. But the Easy Eight was never a particularly easy tank to play; in the hands of a skilled player, it will easily out-flank the clumsier opponent. +
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?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 and hull traverse. Coupled with a high rate of fire, good gun dispersion on the move and the ability to use a Vertical Stabilizer, it is capable of executing flanking maneuvers well. 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 misplaced enemies.+
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?The E8 tends to be most successful as a flanker 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. Work with teammates to distract victims to ensure maximum surprise. +
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?If flanking is not an option, then sniping is entirely possible. However, the low accuracy, low penetration and low alpha damage tend to reduce its role. Still, passive scouting is entirely viable, with its 370 meter view range. +
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?Compared to the Cromwell, this tank suffers from a high profile, lower damage per shot with the top guns, lower penetration, slower top speed, worse acceleration and inferior turret traverse. However, the Easy Eight has substantially better protection, better damage per minute, better hull traverse, superior view range, better terrain passability and significantly better gun depression and elevation. Both vehicles have the same hitpool, 750, a fairly typical value for Tier 6 medium tanks. Gun handling is also a very significant advantage over the Cromwell, especially with Vertical Stabilizer mounted. Even when compared to vehicles such as the Cromwell, in a battle between both vehicles, assuming all relevant parameters are the same and the optimum equipment is fitted, it usually comes down to who starts the engagement.+
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?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.+
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?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, 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.+
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?|InTheGame_equipment=+
?Vents, Tank Gun Rammer, GLD, Vertical Stabilizer, Coated Optics+
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?image:M4A3E8_Sherman_001.jpg+
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?[[image:M4a3E8 Korea.jpg|thumb|200px|left|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. +
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?==Evolutionary differences from the prior Sherman variants==+
?[[image:M4A3E8 Wet disposal of ammunition on the floor of the tank.jpg|thumb|200px|right|"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. +
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?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. +
?[[image:M4A3E8 Sherman Left Side.jpg|thumb|200px|left|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).+
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?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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?image:M4A3_105_mm_Medium_Tank,_Sherman.png{{!}}M4A3_105_mm_Medium_Tank,_Sherman+
?image:M4A3 105 mm Medium Tank.png{{!}}M4A3 105 mm Medium Tank+
?image:M4A3 76 mm Medium Tank in Europe in early 1945. Has add on armor kit and an additional 30 cal MG above the loader's hatch.png{{!}}M4A3 76 mm Medium Tank in Europe in early 1945. Has add on armor kit and an additional 30 cal MG above the loader's hatch+
?image:M4A3 76 mm Medium Tank.png{{!}}M4A3 76 mm Medium Tank+
?image:M4A3E8 Australian M4A3E8 on the Korean battlefield.jpg{{!}}M4A3E8 Australian M4A3E8 on the Korean battlefield+
?image:M4A3E8 Castro enters Santa Claka in Sherman tanks.jpg{{!}}M4A3E8 Castro enters Santa Claka in Sherman tanks+
?image:M4A3E8 Che guevarra in front of the E8 tank.jpg{{!}}M4A3E8 Che guevarra in front of the E8 tank+
?image:M4A3E8 General PAtton in front of the M4A3E8 tank of the 14th Armoured Division.jpg{{!}}M4A3E8 General PAtton in front of the M4A3E8 tank of the 14th Armoured Division+
?image:M4A3E8 Medium Tank at the Patton Museum in Ft Knox, Kentucky.png{{!}}M4A3E8 Medium Tank at the Patton Museum in Ft Knox, Kentucky+
?image:M4A3E8 Medium Tank with the 761st Tank Battalion outside of Nancy France on November 8 1944.png{{!}}M4A3E8 Medium Tank with the 761st Tank Battalion outside of Nancy France on November 8 1944+
?image:M4A3E8 of the 781st Tank Battalion leads Combat Team 398 elements through the Camp de Bitche March 1945.jpg{{!}}M4A3E8 of the 781st Tank Battalion leads Combat Team 398 elements through the Camp de Bitche March 1945+
?image:M4A3E8 tank stuck on a provisional bridges during the fighting on the German city Grossbliederstroff in Saarland. Tank is in a state of 749th Tank Battalion. 18th február 1945th .jpg{{!}}M4A3E8 tank stuck on a provisional bridges during the fighting on the German city Grossbliederstroff in Saarland. Tank is in a state of 749th Tank Battalion. 18th február 1945th+
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