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?|content=The M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman is a faster, better armored version of the [[M4 Sherman]]. While it cannot load the 105mm Howitzer cannon popular on the [[M4 Sherman]], it does get an upgraded 76mm Gun M1A2, which has good penetration and an amazing rate of fire. However, despite the increased armor compared to the M4, the "Easy Eight" is still a very soft target and will be easily destroyed if it stays targeted for too long. Run and gun tactics are a must with the Easy Eight, as it has enough speed and maneuverability to circle many heavier tanks due to their inferior turret traverses. With the rapid rate of fire, the longer this tank stays on target, the more damage it does. However, the longer it stays exposed, the more likely it is to get hit by enemy fire. Finding a balance is a necessity, and is excellent practice for the following (in the research tree) American medium tanks, which all share a similar lack of armor. +|content=The M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman is a faster, better armored version of the [[M4 Sherman]]. While it cannot load the 105mm Howitzer cannon popular on the [[M4 Sherman]], it does get an upgraded 76mm Gun M1A2, which has good penetration and an amazing rate of fire. However, despite the increased armor compared to the M4, the "Easy Eight" is still a very soft target and will be easily destroyed if it stays targeted for too long. Run and gun tactics are a must with the Easy Eight, as it has enough speed and maneuverability to circle many heavier tanks due to their inferior turret traverses. With the rapid rate of fire, the Easy Eight can devastate tier seven and below tanks. However, the longer it stays exposed, the more likely it is to get hit by enemy fire. Finding a balance is a necessity, and is excellent practice for the following (in the research tree) American medium tanks, which all share a similar lack of armor. Despite alll this, the Easy Eight should not be underestimated, and anyone who does in a tier six or below will become a smoking wreck.
 :Research leads to the [[T20]] medium tank and [[M36]] Slugger. :Research leads to the [[T20]] medium tank and [[M36]] Slugger.
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Revision as of 14:48, 10 August 2011

M4A3E8 Sherman

M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman
USA Medium Tank Tier VI
Totals
Cost 710,500  Credits
Health 720 / 750 (new turret)
Weight/Load Limit 30.04/33.00t
Crew
5
Mobility
Engine Power 380hp
Speed Limit 48km/h
Traverse Speed 43deg/s
Armor
Hull Armor 63/38/38mm
Turret Armor63/63/63mm
Armament
Damage 83-138HP
Penetration 69-115mm
Rate of Fire 18.02r/m
Accuracy 0.36-0.40m
Aim time 1.8s
Turret Traverse 50deg/s
Gun Traverse Arc gunTraverseArc
Gun Vertical Limits gunVerticalLimits
Ammo Capacity ammo
General
Chance of Fire 20%
View Range 380m
Signal Range 450m
Parent Contour-USA-M4_Sherman.pngContour-USA-M7_med.png
Child Contour-USA-T20.png
Values Are Stock // Top
USA-M4A3E8_Sherman.png

The M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman is a faster, better armored version of the M4 Sherman. While it cannot load the 105mm Howitzer cannon popular on the M4 Sherman, it does get an upgraded 76mm Gun M1A2, which has good penetration and an amazing rate of fire. However, despite the increased armor compared to the M4, the "Easy Eight" is still a very soft target and will be easily destroyed if it stays targeted for too long. Run and gun tactics are a must with the Easy Eight, as it has enough speed and maneuverability to circle many heavier tanks due to their inferior turret traverses. With the rapid rate of fire, the Easy Eight can devastate tier seven and below tanks. However, the longer it stays exposed, the more likely it is to get hit by enemy fire. Finding a balance is a necessity, and is excellent practice for the following (in the research tree) American medium tanks, which all share a similar lack of armor. Despite alll this, the Easy Eight should not be underestimated, and anyone who does in a tier six or below will become a smoking wreck.

Research leads to the T20 medium tank and M36 Slugger.
















Modules

Gun
Tr
Nm
Dam
Pen
RoF
Acr
Aim
Pr
Wt
04IV
75mm Gun M3L/37
110/110/175(HP)
92/127/38(mm)
18.02-23.08(r/m)
0.40(m)
1.8(s)
00030 000 30 000 Credits.png
1 437 1 437(kg)
06VI
76mm Gun M1A1
115/110/185(HP)
128/177/38(mm)
16.22-18.99(r/m)
0.38(m)
2.0(s)
00050 330 50 330 Credits.png
1 567 1 567(kg)
06VI
76mm Gun M1A2
115/110/185(HP)
128/177/38(mm)
19.11-21.05(r/m)
0.35(m)
2.0(s)
00064 000 64 000 Credits.png
1 590 1 590(kg)

Turret
Tr
Nm
Arm
T.Tr
VR
Pr
Wt
05V
D51072
0063 63/63/63(mm)
0043 43(d/s)
0380 380(m)
00012 900 12 900 Credits.png
4 800 4 800(kg)
06VI
D51080
0076 76/51/51(mm)
0045 45(d/s)
0420 420(m)
00017 050 17 050 Credits.png
4 800 4 800(kg)

Engine
Tr
Nm
Pw
CoF
Pr
Wt
04IV
Wright Continental R-975C1
0380 380(h.p.)
020 20%
00011 000 11 000 Credits.png
0549 549(kg)
05V
Wright Continental R-975C4
0440 440(h.p.)
020 20%
00013 900 13 900 Credits.png
0549 549(kg)
07VII
Ford GAA
0520 520(h.p.)
020 20%
00036 000 36 000 Credits.png
0569 569(kg)

Suspension
Tr
Nm
LL
Tv
Pr
Wt
05V
NVSS T66
33.00 33.00(t)
037 37(d/s)
00009 600 9 600 Credits.png
8 300 8 300(kg)
06VI
NVSS T8051
34.50 34.50(t)
040 40(d/s)
00016 300 16 300 Credits.png
8 300 8 300(kg)

Radio
Tr
Nm
SR
Pr
Wt
06VI
SCR 508
0450 450(m)
00021 600 21 600 Credits.png
0100 100(kg)
09IX
SCR 506
0700 700(m)
00033 600 33 600 Credits.png
0110 110(kg)

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 it's 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 780 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, 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 tower (dry storage) into protected folders on the floor of the tank under the tower (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.


American Tanks
Light Tanks T1 Cunningham  • M2 Light Tank  • T1E6  • T2 Light Tank  • T7 Combat Car  • M22 Locust  • M3 Stuart  • MTLS-1G14  • M5 Stuart  • M24 Chaffee  • T21  • T71
Medium Tanks T2 Medium Tank  • M2 Medium Tank  • M3 Lee  • M4 Sherman  • M4A2E4 Sherman  • M7  • Ram II  • M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo  • M4A3E8 Sherman  • T20  • M26 Pershing  • T23  • T26E4 Super Pershing  • T69  • M46 Patton  • T54E1  • M48A1 Patton  • M60
Heavy Tanks T1 Heavy Tank  • T14  • M6  • T29  • M6A2E1  • T32  • T34  • M103  • T57 Heavy Tank  • T110E5
Tank Destroyers T18  • T82  • M8A1  • T40  • M10 Wolverine  • T49  • M18 Hellcat  • M36 Jackson  • T25 AT  • T25/2  • T28  • T28 Prototype  • T30  • T95  • T110E3  • T110E4
Self-Propelled Guns T57  • M7 Priest  • M37  • M41  • M44  • M12  • M40/M43  • M53/M55  • T92



Medium Tanks
USA II T2 Medium Tank  • III M2 Medium Tank  • IV T6 Medium  • IV M3 Lee  • V M4 Improved  Gold  • V M4A2E4 Sherman  Gold  • V M4A1 Sherman  • V Ram II  Gold  • VI M4A3E8 Fury  Gold  • VI M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII  Gold  • VI M4A3E8 Sherman  • VI M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo  • VII T26E3 Eagle 7  Gold  • VII T20  • VII T23E3  Gold  • VIII T25 Pilot Number 1  Gold  • VIII TL-1 LPC  Gold  • VIII T77  Gold  • VIII M46 Patton KR  Gold  • VIII M26 Pershing  • VIII T26E4 SuperPershing  Gold  • VIII T69  • VIII T95E2  Gold  • IX M46 Patton  • X M48A5 Patton  • X M60  Gold  • X T95E6  Gold
UK I Vickers Medium Mk. I  • II Vickers Medium Mk. II  • III Vickers Medium Mk. III  • IV Matilda  • IV Grant  • IV AC 1 Sentinel  Gold  • V Cavalier  • V Valiant  Gold  • V Sherman III  • V Matilda Black Prince  Gold  • VI Sherman Firefly  • VI Cromwell  • VI AC 4 Experimental  Gold  • VI Cromwell B  Gold  • VI Sherman VC Firefly  Gold  • VII Comet  • VIII Centurion Mk. I  • VIII FV4202  Gold  • VIII Chieftain/T95  Gold  • VIII Centurion Mk. 5/1 RAAC  Gold  • VIII Chimera  Gold  • IX Centurion Mk. 7/1  • X Centurion Action X
Germany III Großtraktor - Krupp  Gold  • III Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A  • III Pz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f)  Gold  • IV Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J  • IV Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D  • IV VK 20.01 (D)  • V Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. K  Gold  • V Turán III prototípus  Gold  • V Pz.Kpfw. III/IV  • V Pz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat.  Gold  • V Pz.Kpfw. V/IV  Gold  • V Pz.Kpfw. V/IV Alpha  Gold  • V Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H  • V Pz.Kpfw. T 25  Gold  • V VK 30.01 (H)  • VI Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm  Gold  • VI VK 30.01 (D)  • VI VK 30.02 (M)  • VII Panther/M10  Gold  • VII Panther  • VII VK 30.02 (D)  • VIII Panther mit 8,8 cm L/71  Gold  • VIII Panzer 58  Gold  • VIII Schwarzpanzer 58  Gold  • VIII Panzer 58 Mutz  Gold  • VIII M48A2 Räumpanzer  Gold  • VIII Indien-Panzer  • VIII Panther II  • IX E 50  • IX T 55A  Gold  • IX Kampfpanzer 50 t  Gold  • IX Leopard Prototyp A  • X E 50 Ausf. M  • X Leopard 1
France III D2  • III Somua S35  • IV SARL 42  • V Renault G1  • VI Bretagne Panther  Gold  • VIII Bat.-Châtillon Bourrasque  Gold  • VIII Lorraine 40 t  Gold  • VIII AMX Chasseur de chars  Gold  • VIII M4A1 Revalorisé  Gold  • IX AMX 30 1er prototype  • IX Char Futur 4  Gold  • IX Bat.-Châtillon 25 t AP  • X Bat.-Châtillon 25 t  • X AMX 30 B
USSR III T-29  Gold  • IV A-32  Gold  • IV T-28E with F-30  Gold  • IV T-28  • V Matilda IV  Gold  • V T-34 shielded  Gold  • V T-34  • VI A-43  • VI T-34-85M  Gold  • VI T-34-85 Rudy  Gold  • VI Loza's M4-A2 Sherman  Gold  • VI T-34-85  • VII A-44  • VII KV-13  • VII T-43  • VII T-44-122  Gold  • VIII Object 416  • VIII T-54 first prototype  Gold  • VIII T-44-100 (B)  Gold  • VIII T-44-100 (K)  Gold  • VIII T-44-100 (R)  Gold  • VIII T-44-100 (U)  Gold  • VIII STG  Gold  • VIII STG Guard  Gold  • VIII T-44  • IX Object 430 Version II  • IX Object 430  • IX T-54  • X Object 140  • X Object 907  Gold  • X T-22 medium  Gold  • X K-91  • X Object 430U  • X T-62A
China V Type T-34  • VI Type 58  • VII T-34-1  • VIII Type 59  Gold  • VIII T-34-2  • VIII T-34-3  Gold  • VIII 59-Patton  Gold  • VIII Type 59 G  Gold  • IX WZ-120  • X 121  • X 121B  Gold
Japan II Chi-Ni  • II Type 89 I-Go/Chi-Ro  • IV Type 1 Chi-He  • V Type 3 Chi-Nu  • V Type 3 Chi-Nu Kai  Gold  • VI Type 4 Chi-To  • VII Type 5 Chi-Ri  • VIII STA-1  • VIII STA-2  Gold  • IX Type 61  • X STB-1
Czechoslovakia IV ST vz. 39  • V Škoda T 24  • VI Škoda T 40  Gold  • VI Škoda T 25  • VII Konštrukta T-34/100  • VIII TVP VTU Koncept  • VIII Škoda T 27  Gold  • IX Škoda T 50  • X TVP T 50/51
Sweden IV Lago  • V Strv m/42  • VI Strv m/42-57 Alt A.2  Gold  • VI Strv 74  • VII Leo  • VIII Strv 81  Gold  • VIII Primo Victoria  Gold  • VIII Lansen C  Gold  • VIII UDES 14 Alt 5  • IX UDES 16  • X UDES 15/16
Poland V 25TP KSUST II  • V DS PZInż  • VI Pudel  Gold  • VI 40TP Habicha  • VI T-34-85 Rudy  Gold  • VI B.U.G.I.  • VII CS-44  • VIII CS-52  Gold  • VIII CS-53  • IX CS-59  • X CS-63