- For the premium vehicle, see T26E4 Super Pershing.
|40.48 / 42.35 kg중량|
|101.6/76.2/50.8차체 장갑(정면/측면/후면, mm)|
|101.6/76.2/76.2포탑 장갑(정면/측면/후면, mm)|
|560 마력엔진 출력|
|48 km/h최대 속력|
|36 도/초회전 속도|
|115 기본 포탄 공격력|
|128 mm기본 포탄 관통력|
|3.3 클립 재장전 시간|
|36 도/초포탑 회전 속도|
|390 m관측 범위|
|395 m통신 범위|
Compared to other tier 8 medium tanks, Pershing armor is excellent and capable of bouncing low-tier guns. However, like all other medium tanks, it does not fare well on its own and will easily get destroyed if caught in the open by tank destroyers or heavy tanks. Therefore, it acts better as a mobile mid-range sniper or as support for heavier tanks. After you get the upgraded engine, the Pershing becomes much faster and can plug holes in whichever areas are needed. Its top gun is effective in the supporting role, but will find itself outclassed when fighting most heavies from the front.
Pros and Cons
- High view range
- Very good gun handling both on the move and while turning the turret
- Extremely high APCR penetration, proportionally, compared to gains most tanks see
- Thick mantlet
- Very good gun depression
- Typically low AP pen of most older tier VIII mediums
- Somewhat large size leads to lower camouflage values than other mediums
- Relatively low firerate and DPM
A very solid tier 8 tank, the Pershing can excel as a support, flanker, sniper and is hard to dislodge in a hull down position. Just remember to use your brain when playing this tank - use superior mobility to outflank heavy tanks and TDs and superior terrain abuse to outplay your medium peers.
Another note is the Pershing's extremely durable gun mantlet. Using hull down against most enemies is extremely effective due to the great gun depression, said turret durability and front placement of the turret, which allows most or all of the hull to be hidden under terrain in most situations.
Just like the majority of American mediums, the M26 can passive scout quite well. With 400m of view range, this tank is very adept at the job, especially when compared to other tier 8s. Use this to gain sight lines on key areas of the map.
- The 90mm M3 carries over from them T20
- The stock suspension can hold both the top engine and gun, so go for both
- Top engine is shared with T25 AT and T25/2.
- Get the suspension
- Get the turret
- Get the radio, which is also the top radio of the T29, Chaffee, and T21
The M-26 was developed near the end of World War II and named after World War One General John J Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force. The M26 Pershing had a slow and arduous beginning, when the need for a heavy tank was not in the priorities of the US Army. Instead, efforts were relegated to production of M3 Stuart Light Tanks and M4 Sherman Medium Tanks. It was not until the debut of the German Panther and Tiger series of tanks on the battlefields of Europe that the need for a heavily-armed, and armored, weapons system came to bear.
Considerable effort was then made to develop a gun system capable of competing with the German counterparts. The result was the M26 Pershing armed with a 90mm main gun (nearly on par with the German '88') and heavily armored overall. It was the closest weapon that the Allies would field that was akin to the German Panther, in terms of firepower and crew survivability. The M26 Pershing arrived too late to be of any effective use (overall) in the European Theater, but a few (roughly 200) saw service with the 3rd and 9th Armored Divisions. At least 100 were kept in reserve as well.
The mammoth M26 Pershings would be part of the armored column that would cross the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine River and into Germany with the 9th Armored. About 20 M26s were reported to have seen any action at all. Ten M26s were also shipped out to the Pacific Theater for action in Okinawa, though arriving too late to be of any effective tactical use.This was not the end of the line for the M26, however, as a total of 309 M26 Pershings were rushed to Korea in 1950 to provide extra firepower to counter the T-34/85s. A 1954 survey concluded that there were in all 119 tank vs. tank actions involving U.S. Army and Marine units during the Korean War, with 97 T-34-85 tanks knocked out and another 18 probable.
Although the M26 proved effective against the armour of the T-34/85s, the automotive deficiencies of the M26 in the mountainous Korean terrain became more of a liability, and so all M26s were withdrawn from Korea during 1951 and replaced with older up-gunned M4A3 Shermans and the newer M46 Pattons.
Post-war use saw a great number stationed throughout Europe with NATO through the Cold War, however, many were quickly replaced when the more reliable M46 Patton became available. Many alternative variants were devised, though some, like the self-propelled gun platform, not used by the US Army.The M26 Pershing would later be reclassified as a Medium Tank and become the blueprint for tanks such as the M46, M47, M48 Patton, and M60 Main Battle Tanks. In 1948, the M26E2 version with a new more powerful and reliable engine and transmission became the M46 General Patton, which in turn was up-gunned and modified resulting in the M47 and eventually the M60 patton.
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