We review the Chaffee, a tier 5 American light tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with a replay of a tier 8 Malinovka battle. We also discuss spotting on a weak flank with a replay of a tier 7 Live Oaks battle.
Stat line: Ace Tanker, 2688 XP (1792 base), 2.5k damage, 2.2k spotted, 8 spots, 4 kills
Strengths and Weaknesses
+ superb gun handling, even on-the-move
+ superb max gun depression (-10)
+ excellent top speed and agility
+ excellent view range (390m) and camouflage provide strong vision control
+ good accuracy (0.36)
+ good DPM
– paper-thin hull armor of 25m is often triple-overmatched by the guns of tier 6-8 tanks, which means no chance for ricochet
– soft turret
– large profile for a light tank
– silver ammo penetration of 96 is lackluster
Similar to Episode 25 (AMX 13 90 in Tier 10 Malinovka), I initially scout from the E7 location, as it provides hard and soft cover, and I'm able to spot tanks at C5, on the approach to the hill, on the hill, in the ditch under the hill, and across the water to the west. I flex south to counter-spot their Cromwell platoon which threatens our southern flank and arties.
In the Live Oaks replay, I discuss why there is little value in spotting a flank when you are isolated. You won't be able to meaningfully delay the enemy tanks pushing that flank so that your arty can fire on them. A common mistake by light tank drivers is to over-extend and spot when isolated, and in both situations the light tank often gets wrecked. Spotting is most effective when you're doing it in such a way that friendly tank(s) aside from arty can fire on what you light, and where you have cover and an escape route.
I talk through how I'm reading the battle as it unfolds and discuss key decisions and mistakes. My hope is that these videos meaningfully help other players improve their gameplay.
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