M10 Tank Destroyer
An M10 Tank Destroyer, firing its main cannon
|Role||Medium Tank Destroyer|
|Produced By||Tank Depot|
|Primary armament||M7 3-inch Anti-Tank Cannon|
|Max. Speed||6.8 m/s|
The M10 Tank Destroyer, nicknamed "Wolverine" by the British, is an anti-tank vehicle fielded by the American army in Company of Heroes. Clad in good medium armor and sporting a large armor-piercing cannon, the M10 Tank Destroyer uses its surprising speed to flank and destroy enemy tanks. Though less sturdy than an M4 Sherman, it is still a medium tank capable of withstanding some firepower, and is better than the Sherman at knocking enemy tanks out, especially by attacking their rear armor. M10 Tank Destroyers can provide a mobile anti-vehicle defense, but are better used making powerful offensive strikes against the enemy as part of an armored assault group.
With the construction of the Tank Depot in the late stages of the game, the Americans gain access to three different tanks to facilitate their final offensive operations - each with its own unique specialty in combat. The M10 Tank Destroyer represents the decidedly anti-vehicle end of the spectrum, providing a fast mobile gun platform designed to flank and destroy enemy tanks.
The M10 Tank Destroyer is constructed at the Tank Depot for the cost of 300, 55, 6, making it one of the cheapest medium tanks in the game. The tank is based on an M4 Sherman's chassis, but with a considerably-modified turret: open-topped and sporting a very large 3-inch (76mm) cannon, firing armor-piercing shells.
Due to the changes made to its turret, the M10 Tank Destroyer is significantly different from an M4 Sherman tank. On the up-side, the vehicle is lighter and thus faster, capable of outrunning and outmaneuvering enemy tanks - and even lighter vehicles - with great ease. The turret itself also rotates rather quickly, further making flanking maneuvers simpler to accomplish. On the down-side, this open-topped turret lacks the heavy armor on the M4 Sherman's turret, making the vehicle about twice as vulnerable to enemy anti-tank fire.
The M10 Tank Destroyer can provide a very good anti-tank defensive patrol for the late mid game, or even earlier if a rush for the Tank Depot has been made. However, the M10 Tank Destroyer only truly shines during offensive operations, where it provides the anti-tank firepower lacking in M4 Shermans. M10 Wolverines and M4 Shermans are expected to work in very well-coordinated groups, with each tank having its own specific role. The M10's role in this is to flank enemy tanks while they are busy engaging a Sherman, and attack their weaker rear armor.
The M10 Tank Destroyer relies on one single weapon: its M7 3-inch Anti-Tank Cannon, installed in a free-rotating turret. This is an accurate, fast-firing weapon, though relatively weak compared to other Anti-Tank guns in the game.
M7 3-inch Anti-Tank Cannon
The M7 is a long-barreled cannon, firing armor-piercing 76mm shells. Installed on the M10 Tank Destroyer's light, fast-rotating turret, its greatest benefit is the vehicle on which it is installed, which can bring it quickly to a good firing position on the enemy's flanks or rear.
The M7 AT Cannon has great accuracy, capable of reliably hitting most targets at up to 40 meters of range - short for an Anti-Tank gun, but still useful in most tank battles.
Each shell hitting its target will deliver a basic 112.5 points of damage. The gun has a damage bonus against several Axis tanks, including the Panzer IV, Panther, Tiger and King Tiger. Unfortunately it causes reduced damage to Hetzers. Penetration is almost guaranteed against most medium tanks, but to make the most out of this cannon it's advised to fire at the enemy's rear armor, where penetration is absolutely guaranteed against any vehicle. After all, the M10 Tank Destroyer is built almost entirely for this purpose.
Due to the armor-piercing nature of the shells, their blast radius is very small, rarely causing damage to anything but the struck target. Accuracy also suffers greatly against infantry, though the cannon still stands some chance of sniping exposed infantrymen at most ranges. Nonetheless, this is not an anti-infantry cannon by far.
Finally, one of this weapon's greatest qualities is its speed - both firing speed and rotation speed. The M7 AT Cannon will fire one shell every 4.2 seconds, considered fast for an anti-tank weapon. If it manages to flank an enemy tank, it may even survive an exchange of shells thanks to this. Furthermore, the turret in which this weapon is installed rotates rather quickly, so the vehicle can easily slip into a flanking position and begin blasting away its enemy's rear armor with haste. It may even be able to run circles around a slower tank, keeping its own turret trained on the enemy while the enemy's turret struggles to keep up.
Like all other American units, the M10 Tank Destroyer obtains Veterancy points by killing enemy units. It receives 100% of the experience value of each unit it kills. Once it has accumulated a sufficient number of Veterancy points, it will automatically advance to the next level, gaining the related bonuses immediately.
American units do not share Veterancy points with one another. To receive points, the unit must personally kill an enemy unit.
At each Veterancy level, the M10 Tank Destroyer gains a specific set of bonuses as listed below. These bonuses are cumulative with each other.
|Level 1 Veterancy:
|Level 2 Veterancy:
|Level 3 Veterancy:
In any battle you play, use an 'M4 Sherman tank' to face the enemy tank, then use the M10 tank destroyer to flank enemy tank from the enemy's rear armor.
The M10 Tank Destroyer or 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage(GMC) M10 was the United States tank destroyer of World War II. Also known as the Wolverine by the British, the M10 Tank Destroyer was designed to fulfill the role of anti-tank warfare. Built from a Sherman chassis, the M10 Tank Destroyer was armed with a 3"(76.2mm) M7 gun on an open-topped turret and was designed to counter the German Bliztkrieg force. The M10 Tank Destroyer was one of the most important US tank destroyers during World War II, being a successful anti-tank vehicle throughout the war.
The M10 Tank Destroyer featured in the game was armed with the 76.2mm M7 gun on an open-topped turret, but without a secondary armament. The M10 Tank Destroyer is an important factor to the Allies, as it was one of the few weapons viable for combating the German panzers. The M10 Tank Destroyer is fast and agile, second to the Cromwell Tank, able to maneuver around the battlefield quickly. It utilized speed to both flank the sluggish German panzers and attack their side or rear. However, to maintain its speed there is a trade-off with armour, having reduced protection.
The M10 Tank Destroyer is a powerful anti-tank vehicle, the 76.2mm M7 gun is formidable to panzers such as the StuG IV, SdKfz 234 Armoured Car, Panzer IV Infantry Support Tank and Panzer IV. Even the Panther and the heavily armoured Tiger and King Tiger will have problems when facing the M10 Tank Destroyer. Since it has poor protection it is not advisable to use as a spearhead vehicle, instead use infantry or M4A3 Sherman for frontline combat while the M10 Tank Destroyer provides anti-tank fire support. Some prefer to build the M10 Tank Destroyer in large numbers because it is cheaper than the M4A3 Sherman, and in large formations the M10 Tank Destroyer can overwhelm the enemies and secure victory for the Allies. Because it is cost-efficient many prefer it as the first heavy vehicle to be deployed to the frontline. Supported by infantry or if providing support to infantry and tanks, it can yield desirable results.
|Role:||Mobile Tank Destroyer|
|Primary Armament:||1x 76.2 mm M7 Anti-Tank gun|
|Production Structure:||Tank Depot|
Combat History (Campaign)
The M10 Tank Destroyer was first fielded by the Allies in Hébécrevon during Operation Cobra. Badly hammered, the shattered Panzer Lehr division was force to retreat to Hébécrevon where they were pursued by Able Company. Able Company was tasked to wipe out the Panzer Lehr's last surviving 7 Panther tanks. M10 Tank Destroyers played a key role in this mission. While infantry and tanks flushed the Panther from its hideout, the M10 Tank Destroyer flanked it and destroyed the Panther. M10 Tank Destroyers continued to be deployed, replacing the M4A3 Sherman in the anti-tank role. In Operation Luttich, during the mission Hill 317: Dawn, Able Company managed to hold the hill until dawn, when reinforcements arrived to relieve them. Among the reinforcements is a M10 Tank Destroyer. During Falaise Pocket, the M10 Tank Destroyer was used to destroy Captain Schultz's Panzer Gruppe and the Tiger Ace tank he drove. The M10 Tank Destroyer, along with other tanks and infantry, managed to secure the bridge around Chambois and stop the Tiger tanks from reopening it.
Although it packs a powerful punch, it sacrifices protection for speed and mobility. The M10 Tank Destroyer is lightly armored so it can not take a lot of punishment like the M4A3 Sherman, and anti-tank guns like the Marder III can knock it out quickly. The tank destroyer itself can carry only the primary armament and does not have any secondary armament, meaning that attacking infantry will never suffer suppressive fire. Infantry equipped with Panzerschrecks such as the Stormtrooper Squad, Grenadier Squad, and Panzer Grenadier can easily blow the tank destroyer into pieces. The M10 Tank Destroyer should never be deployed alone. Heavier vehicles like the Tiger, King Tiger, and Jagdpanther, with their 88mm gun, are more than capable of taking out these lightly armored vehicles.
Despite its poor protection, it is one of the heavy vehicles that will be frequently built by Allies Commanders in multiplayer mode because it is cheaper than an M4A3 Sherman. The M10 Tank Destroyer is heavily used by many Allies Commanders. With their powerful guns they are very hazardous to panzers and will prioritize them as targets. A notable counter would be groups of Stormtrooper Squads/Panzer Grenadiers with the panzershreck upgrade or the deployment of AT guns.