M41a1 War Thunder

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Several upgrades were made on the M41 with better technology, the M41A1 had a hydraulic turret traverse with more ammo storage, the M41A2 had a new fuel system, and the M41A3 are old M41A1 tanks with the new fuel system from the M41A2. Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example. Gaijin and War Thunder are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Gaijin Entertainment or its licensors, all other logos are trademarks of their. This is a subreddit for War Thunder, a cross platform vehicular combat MMO developed by Gaijin Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The game is based around combined arms battles on air, land, and sea with vehicles from the Spanish Civil War to today. All Discussions. The M41A1's flaws are obvious, but not horrible (and most of that being the armor and somewhat 'meh' 76mm gun), but it counters it.

M41 Walker Bulldog - US Army camouflage created by JoKeR_BvB09 Download here!



The M41 started from a program that was initiated near the end of World War 2 by General Joseph Stilwell. It called for a 25 ton light tank to replace the M26 Light tank. It called for a vehicle that was mobile armed with a 3 inch gun(76mm) capable of piercing 5 inches of armor (127mm) at a 30 degree angle from 1000 yards.

By 1949 the new pilot, the T37 was produced. It was ran in 3 stages to evaluate 3 different guns, one of which was an autoloader. A few issues were found in the design that were not problematic, but the design board wanted a bit more. In comes the T41 with some improvements over the initial T37. There was a problem however with the requirements for the T41, those being the Vickers gun system and coincidence rangefinder. The Rangefinder worked fine, but failures in the gun system and problematic upkeep forced them to omit it from the design.

By 1951 the M41 was a combination of concepts from the T37 and T41 program into a more stable platform. Those including a rear drive system with automatic transmission for ease of use with drivers as well as a stereoscopic range finder to replace the coincidence rangefinder.

In War Thunder:

X-ray view of M41 in War Thunder.

M41a1 War Thunder Ammo

In game the Vehicle should be used as a rapid deployment support vehicle. In conjunction with a heavier vehicle, like a T32, you run rapid insertion and flanking operations while letting the heavier tanks absorb the brunt of the attack. They work well with M26 Medium tanks as the M26 has a harder hitting gun to support your advance, but you maintain a much better climb rate for hills and a much faster acceleration. Your top speed does cap off road which can leave a bit to be desired, but this requires you to play with the terrain to your advantage.

You lack any real armor and should remember such, try to abuse terrain to hide yourself and relocate after shots. Generally attempt to engage targets already engaging other foes. Your 76mm gun has great penetration, but due to the solid shot AP rounds you need to make your shots count by hitting either ammo racks or fuel tanks/engines to disable and or destroy an enemy vehicle. HVAP later on makes this job easier for vehicles with better side armor such as the IS-3 which has an amazing side profile and nothing to be taken lightly.

The M41A1 can be a very fun and rewarding vehicle, especially for experienced players. It requires precision, situational awareness, and constant vigilance to continue to support and flank your enemy.


Author: Stephen 'Azumazi' Hembree

With an upcoming update, we will add the following decals to War Thunder,
which have been historically used on the Walker Bulldogs of different countries:

'Exército Brasileiro' insignia1st “Tabak” Infantry Division
(Philippines) Coat of Arms
'Daisy Mae' Text

War Thunder American Tank Tree

Decals made by Branislav 'InkaL' Mirkov​

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General history

Designed in 1949 the M41 Walker Bulldog was developed for armed reconnaissance and was marketed successfully to the US army as a replacement for the aging M24 Chaffee , the M41 received the designation Little bulldog but it was later changed to Walker Bulldog after General Walton Walker died from a jeep accident.

The M41 was the first postwar US light tank to see worldwide service some were even exported to asia.

(e.g Japan)

The development of the M41 was slow until the outbreak of the Korean war, when the US demanded for more tank it was rushed into production , which led to some technical problems , adding up with cramped environment of the tank, it was given somewhat mediocre reputation among US tanker. The M41 was considered too large in comparison to the M24 for reconnaissance use.

Funding for the M41 program was slashed, and more focused on the M47 instead.

It production came in a halt in late 1954, and not in US service long before being replaced by the M551 Sheridan during the 1960s.

Diy space saving hangers. Pros

The M41A1 has very good mobility and low silhouette, making it a good flanker, it gun reload very quickly for it BR and APDS shell can pen the upper front plate of panther with ease.

Good turret traverse speed.

Nice reverse speed, so you can withdraw quickly after shot.


It's armor is not thick enough it can still be killed by SPAA easily, ammo rack is located at the front, it have first-stage ammo so you have to pause so that you will not suffer from reload penalty.

4 crew member it can be one shot very easily.

Only use solid shot only.


M41a1 war thunder

Remco Bulldog Tank Toy

Scouting mechanic can be used as a rangefinder if you use the minimap some info about here:http://aminoapps.com/p/0ygctt

Use you mobility to flank and get to the enemy side.

Walker Bulldog M41

Aim to the left of the turret (right from your side) that where gunner is usually at.

M48 Patton War Thunder


Either flank or ignore Tiger II when stock.

Find a good place to scout or snipe.

Use APDS against front amror use AP for side shot.

Overall thought

M41 walker bulldog variants

The M41A1 is a good tank when played carefully. It will be more fun when you unlock the APDS.

(Above stats is RB)