World of Tanks M26 Pershing Guide
The M26 Pershing equips a well rounded 90mm gun as its top gun. It does 240 damage per shot with AP/APCR and 320 damage with HE. With 190mm penetration on its AP round and a stellar 268mm penetration with APCR the Pershing can tackle any tanks it comes across. Accuracy sits at .35 with a 100% crew and no equipment and the other aiming stats are very good. On the move accuracy with a vertical stabilizer is also above average. One slight knock against the Pershing is a below average damage per minute value. While it isn’t significantly lower than other tier 8 mediums it does sit 100-200 DPM lower than several.
With the top 90mm the M26 Pershing’s strength is not having many flaws with the gun. While the DPM is a smidgen lower than some other tier 8 mediums it still gets the job done. The weakest area the gun performs at is in direct brawling fights since the damage per shot and DPM won’t get you an advantage. It performs best in situations where you can land reliable shots on the enemy without always taking damage right away.
For a medium tank the M26 Pershing has excellent armor where it needs it most in the turret front. It has a very strong mantlet area that covers most of the turret front. The armor around it is solid and will bounce a fair amount of tier 6-8 shots. Tier 9-10 tanks can penetrate the cupola and flat areas but they are difficult shots to land regularly. The hull of the M26 Pershing isn’t very well protected against anything above tier 6. One bonus is the majority of the side armor being covered by the tracks. This can help protect against HEAT, HE, and low penetrating shots.
While the entire M26 Pershing won’t provide you great armor protection; the turret front concentrates all the armor you need to play effectively. Do your best to hide your hull with your good gun depression. If you can master only showing your turret you will be able to output damage without receiving much in return.
The M26 Pershing has a decent 48 km/h top speed and a 20 km/h reverse speed. The power to weight ratio does make it somewhat sluggish compared to other tier 8 mediums. Mobility is one factor of this tank you do need to account for compared to other mediums. You aren’t much faster than some heavy tanks at tier 8 and getting to certain spots other mediums can be difficult. You also need to factor in the large size of the M26 Pershing since you are a large target like the Centurion medium tanks.
Luckily for the M26 Pershing its miscellaneous attributes are excellent. The tank is very comfortable to play and doesn’t have small demons plaguing it. The gun depression is 10 degrees which allows you to hide your entire hull behind most hilly terrain. With the turret located towards the front of the hull it also adds to the effectiveness of the gun depression. 1,440 HP is about average for a tier 8 medium and with the turret armor feels much higher than other tier 8 mediums. With 400m view range you also aren’t blind when it comes to fighting in any tier match you’ll be thrown into.
The beauty of the M26 Pershing comes with the all around goodness of the tank. There isn’t any specific area where it lacks enough to be a huge detracting factor to its performance. If there was one negative it is playing it out of its comfort zone. With excellent gun depression and a strong turret front you should abuse this as much as possible. Find small rubble piles, destroyed tanks, and hills to hide your hull behind. This will allow you to function almost like a heavy tank against tier 9 and under tanks. It also covers up your slightly poor DPM by not rushing into a brawling fight.
With the tracks covering a huge portion of the side armor you can try to bait shots around corners. By wiggling a little or poking them out first often times people will shoot there. Never over angle since your side hull armor is extremely weak. You would be surprised the amount of shots you can bait people into by your thick tracks if they don’t hit hull armor behind it. In the end this tactic is purely situational. Do remember to carry enough APCR to deal with at least one higher tier tank since you’ll be fighting at mid range most of the time. With 268mm penetration you turn yourself into a pocket tier 10 medium tank by using APCR over AP.