We are trying a new format for old tanks. Well known armor with significant level of protection still deserves a coverage. The accumulated experience gives us the opportunity to present a unique deep level of tactical analysis. All right, I admit, I went sentimental on this one. My veteran M4A3E2 medium tank retires today. As one of the most experienced Jumbo drivers on EU, this long write-up is my personal legacy, a farewell to the old medium trainer. If you like it, we can follow the same template for older tanks. Read it up, this old warrior deserves it.
An “old tank” article follows this template: a short introduction (less monologue, more relevant content principle), a detailed SWOT-analysis (strengths and weaknesses), in the end, an opponent-specific combat guide.
The M4A3E2 was a stop-gap assault vehicle based on the standard M4A3 Sherman medium tank, which reached the front lines in the Autumn of 1944. The troops in Europe needed a better armored tank that can lead columns, and the new T26 medium tank was not ready for mass-production yet. Only 254 M4A3E2 were converted from M4A3s with a new turret and welded on armor. The „Jumbos” fought in the Ardennes and through the campaign against the German homeland. After the Battle of the Bulge, the surviving tanks were equipped with salvaged 76mm M1A1 guns in field workshops to have a better chance against German armor. The E2 was the only Sherman variant that could take a shot from the legendary German 88.
The M4A3E2 in WoT
The Jumbo is a Tier VI medium tank in WoT. You can research it on the M4 Sherman tank. The Jumbo also acts as a bridge towards the American heavy tank line, we can collect experience for the M6 heavy with it. The M4A3E2 is probably the best armored Tier VI tank, but it’s slow and the armament is moderate. The Jumbo is recommended for more cautious and determined players who prefer armor over speed and like to fight the battle to the end. The M4A3E2 is less team-oriented than the much more mobile M4A3E8 with the same firepower. The Jumbo performs better individually against Tier VI and Tier VII opponents but it’s also less able to hunt bigger and higher level armor in medium tank wolfpacks.