The M7 Priest was an American self-propelled artillery vehicle that was designed and produced during World War II. It was used mostly by American forces in Europe, but British forces also used them in North Africa. It boasted 51mm armor and a 105mm Howitzer, and could go at speeds of around 15–20 km/h.
In Battlefield 1942, the Priest is the self-propelled artillery vehicle for the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, British Army and Free French Forces. It has space for two players: one driver and one gunner. The driver only has the ability to drive the vehicle, having no weapons available to them. The gunner controls the cannon.
The Priest excels in damage and range, though its prime weaknesses are its weak armor, equal to that of a half-track, and its lack of maneuverability. When faced with a tank, it will usually lose, as its cannon takes a much longer time to reload, and despite its advantage in power, it can still only destroy a medium tank in 2-4 shots, depending on where the projectiles hit. It is also not very maneuverable, and its cannon is unable to rotate, hence it can only change its aim at a very limited horizontal and vertical angle. Against heavy tanks, it will most indefinitely lose. For these reasons, the Priest's place on the battlefield is in the back of the front lines, and it should never engage enemy armor in close range combat.
Players often perch the Priest on top of secluded, high-up areas. They then aim towards a known enemy position and bombard their enemies, taking advantage of its long range and its projectile's exceptional blast radius.