The T26E4 “Super Pershing” is a very interesting tank since although it is a medium tank it sports some nasty armor(frontally) that is very deceiving. If you go by the color indicators on your aiming circle it might be green since the outer layer of spaced armor is either 38mm on the frontal hull, 88mm over the mantlet, and 38mm on the turret sides however the combined armor is much greater. The T26E4 is a stock M26 Pershing for the hull and turret which overall isn’t that protected but with the added spaced armor across the frontal hull/turret it gives it heavy tank like armor values. The T26E4 Super Pershing adds two 38mm spaced armor plates onto the upper and lower glacis on the front of the tank. The turret also receives a 88mm plate over the front of the turret along with 38mm spaced armor plates covering the front portions of the side turret armor. This drastically increases the frontal armor of the hull and turret but leaves the sides/rear open to easy damage.
This guide for World of Tanks T26E4 Super Pershing weak spots breaks down the armor based on effective armor which is derived from armor thickness+armor angle. The index at the bottom of each picture describes a few abbreviations used and also the format in which the armor details are described in. Effective Armor (EA) refers to the overall effectiveness of the armor without normalization(HEAT and HE shells) while Armor Against AP Shells (AP) refers to the overall effectiveness of the armor with normalization(AP and APCR Shells).
World of Tanks T26E4 Super Pershing Weak Spots Frontal
Frontally for a tier 8 medium tank the T26E4 Super Pershing has phenomenal armor compared to its peers and it rivals some tier 8 heavy tanks. Not only is the Super Pershing’s armor strong it is very intricate with many different nooks and crannies that can drastically vary in effectiveness. This frontal view is a bit cluttered with the vast amount of important areas to cover and I tried my best to make it as easy to comprehend as possible. I did leave out some areas I did not feel were important and tried to simplify a few areas.
Starting with the frontal hull you are faced with the upper frontal glacis having two 38mm thick spaced armor plates in front of the 101.6mm hull armor. These two 38mm plates also extend down to lower glacis and since they are spaced far from the hull they make the Super Pershing virtually immune to HEAT rounds. One important thing to keep in mind is that the lower glacis does not start where it appears visually since the hull armor is at a different angle than the spaced armor and thus the lower glacis starts slightly lower than it appears. For weak spots on the frontal hull you have the “A1” location and also the lower glacis that is semi-weak towards the outer edges.
Most of the frontal weak spots on the Super Pershing are located on the turret and unusual for an American tank the higher you go the more weak spots you find. Outside of the very strong mantlet areas and spaced armor plates that cover most of the turret you find very weak turret armor. Essentially if you avoid the spaced armor and strong portions of the mantlet you won’t run into to many problems with the armor on the turret. The edges of the commander’s hatch are somewhat strong and there is also a red strip of armor between “mantlet 1” and “T2” that is angled heavily. Although visually there is a second hatch that would be located on the right side in this view it is not part of the hit box and thus will not take damage.
World of Tanks T26E4 Super Pershing Weak Spots Side
Compared to the frontal armor on the Super Pershing the side armor is a piece of cake since most of it falls below 133mm effective armor. Simply avoid shooting the frontal turret are and the edges of the commander’s hatch and you will have no issue with damaging the side armor.
World of Tanks T26E4 Super Pershing Weak Spots Rear
Much like the side armor the rear armor on the Super Pershing is extremely vulnerable to taking damage. Simply avoid shooting the angled edges on the rear turret and also the edges on the commander’s hatch and you will be golden.
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*Old Super Pershing Frontal Armor*
This is the old armor of the T26E4 Super Pershing prior to the HD model being introduced.