The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is based on the M4A3E8 Sherman of the same tier. It is one of the Berlin tanks and has spaced armour to reinforce its frontal plates and turret, making it appear to be like the T26E4 SuperPershing, just on Tier VI. Read on and find out how to perform the best with the Thunderbolt!
If you've played an M4A3E8 Sherman before, you know that this vehicle does not rely on its armour but on its decent mobility, depression angles and rapid-fire gun. Now, with all that additional spaced armour at the front, the gameplay changes drastically from the original tank. Even though the Thunderbolt is classified as a medium, it no longer plays as such.
The tank becomes way heavier; the mobility drops significantly and is now on par with a fast heavy tank. Keep in mind that the spaced armour only applies to the front and the turret, the sides are still weak – don't show them if possible. What you can do now is either go with your heavy tanks and play a support vehicle (especially when you're not at the top of the list), or you go with your medium tanks and be one of the main forces pushing the enemies back. Your spaced armour deflects quite a lot of incoming fire, use it to keep pushing and destroy them with your damage per minute.
Your armament is the same as before: a 76 mm gun. It's slightly different to the other Shermans; the rate of fire went down a bit but in return, the accuracy and aiming time improved. The damage per minute is still high, but now that you're playing a different role on the battlefield, it might be hard at times to make that work for you. Our best advice is to keep the enemies close to you and don't give them time to reload, and you'll most likely come out on top. Avoid trading shots at all cost!
The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is one of the very few vehicles in its tier that is able to have a Vertical Stabilizer mounted, which is a big advantage when it comes to gun dispersion. The two other pieces maximise the damage per minute.
Of course, even with its different gameplay, the choice of crew skills and perks doesn't really differ from conventional medium or heavy tanks. Aside from the essential skills like Repair, others grant bonuses to the vehicle's performance.