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M18 Hellcat is a United States Tank unit. It is exclusive to the 4th Armored division and available in all phases (with increasing availability). Incredibly fast, the thinly armoured M18 Hellcat packs an enormous punch with its 13 AP anti-tank gun and is especially effective in phase A and phase B against German armour.
Overview[edit | edit source]
In 1941, The US Ordnance department called for the design of a fast tank destroyer armed with the 37mm gun, in accordance with US tank destroyer doctrine. This was later changed to the British 6-pdr gun and after that to the 76mm M1 Gun. Production started in July 1943 and ceased in October 1944, with around 2500 Hellcats manufactured in total.
To attain the Hellcat's legendary speed, armour had to be sacrificed and this made the tank destroyer vulnerable to most German AT weapons. Its open-top compartment (also found in the Wolverine design and other US tank destroyers) further added to its vulnerability. While its speed was not often used in combat, Hellcat crews did have a tactical advantage as they could outflank heavy tanks and land a flank or rear shot. Its 76mm gun struggled against the front of Tiger and Panther tanks unless it used the rare HVAP ammunition.
Despite all these flaws, the M18 Hellcat was the most effective American tank destroyer of World War II and had a higher kill to loss ratio than any tank or tank destroyer fielded by American forces in World War II. Prototypes of the tank first saw battle in Italy, but they mainly gained lasting fame for their combat performance in the Northwest Europe theatre.
In the 4th Armored, 704th Tank Destroyer Battalion provided M18 Hellcats.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
- Available in all phases, the M18 Hellcat especially shines in phase A and phase B with its speed, AT power and 1200m firing range. It also boasts some modest HE capacities as it is capable of firing HE shells at infantry & anti-tank guns.
- Its incredible speed often allows it to shoot and then drive out of danger before the enemy can successfully fire a shot.
- Its 4 frontal armour is enough to give it protection from bombing runs and artillery fire, but any German AT that can land a shot on this agile tank will likely turn in into a smoldering wreckage.