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Aircraft

  • Torpedoes can destroy bridges, if they hit the pillars?
    • Furthermore, they can destroy tanks and floatplanes if they're in the water?
    • As most torpedoes travel at certain depths, they will detonate upon impact on shore? With a radius and penetration exceeding 30m and 300mm, killing tanks in the direct vicinity of their explosion is possible.
  • Most bombs are general-purpose_bomb (medium capacity) i.e. their pure explosive content is 50% of the bombs total weight?
  • The Mk 103 HVAP belt can destroy all AI tanks and light pillboxes, but not destroyers and big pillboxes?
  • Your aiming reticle in Arcade adjusts for the slowest bullet of your guns? Thus with the P-39 only one caliber (the slower 37mm, not faster 7.7mm) will hit in turn-fights.
  • 48 R4M rockets from the Me 262 are enough to kill a bombing point?
  • The USSR never received the armour-piercing rounds for their lend-lease P-39? This can be seen in their respective ingame belts.
  • The US .50 caliber Browning M2 and M3 machine guns can destroy light pillboxes with the ground target belt?
  • With 1800 rounds per minute the Soviet 7.62mm ShKAS is the fastest firing gun in-game? This is made possible thanks to a revolving feeding mechanism, as well as a push back spring and a high gas pressure for the piston.
  • The F-82E Twin Mustang with the NAGP.1 machine gun pod has the most offensive machine guns on any aircraft in game? 14 caliber .50 Browning M3 machine guns! That's even more than the B-17 and B-29!
  • The most offensive cannons on an aircraft goes to the Do 217N-2 with 8x 20mm Mg151/20. However four of them are mounted as "Schräge Musik" (they face ~30° upwards).
  • The plane with the most weapons is the PBJ-1J with twelve offensive M2 Brownings in the nose and six Brownings in defensive turrets.
  • The P-47 Thunderbolt can carry 1774kg of explosives? That is more than any attacker except for the F-82E with 2x 2000lbs (1814kg).
  • Further, the "Jug" (P-47D) also outclasses the following bombers: PBJ, B-25, TBF, Tu-2, SB 2M, Ar-2, Pe-2, G4M1, Ki-49, and the H6K4 (if torpedoes are ignored).
  • Rockets can be shot down mid-air by gun fire?
  • Most tier IV fighters can beat early jets in turning fights?
  • The P-47's maximum dive speed tops that of the Yak-15?
  • By binding a button to "Manual Engine Control" under the "Full Aircraft Control" tab in the controls menu, you can control the engine settings manually in RB and SB, even when using Mouse Aim controls and potentially achieve better performance.
  • Speed records:
    1. The fastest aircraft and vehicle ingame is the Hunter F.1
    • Slowest plane is the gloriously 2 OP Po-2! Made from Stalin's mustache itself, it can defy every law of gravity and Newton!!

Ground Vehicles

  • You can set up a "tank drive forward" command in tank-controls? It's called cruise-control and can be found in the "Realistic controls" tab. Buttons Q or E are advised.
  • There is a driver's view and even binoculars? Go into controls and click on "tank controls". The key to enter it can be set up there. This is also the same way you can enable binoculars.
  • Different steel types exist for armour? Every metal has its own modifier e.g. cast steel is only 90% as strong as rolled homogeneous steel (which is the standard armour plate). All part of the damage mechanics.
  • Reducing the vehicle's ammo load affects the ammo storage by making the explosion chance smaller and impossible if there is no ammo in the rack? Empty Ammo Racks cannot be exploded and are literally empty space.
  • At a distance of more than 600m, the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger H1 cannot penetrate the frontal armour of the M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo and vice versa.
  • The Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus is still the heaviest tank ever built, more than three times as much as the M1A2 Abrams!
  • The M4 Sherman's petrol engine wasn't the main cause of fires? It was actually the ammunition stowed throughout the entire hull that made the Sherman more likely to "brew-up" than other tanks at the time. This was fixed with the introduction of "wet stowage".
  • Shot markers on tanks are made of so called "decals"? Each linked-texture-face of a tank will store about 80-100 of these decals. A ground vehicle has about 3-5 of these linked texture faces (the armour plates on which "two sided" works for icons in customization). This equals up to 400 marks per tank.
  • Exploding ammunition could damage adjacent tanks or low flying aircraft?
  • A tank's explosion can harm nearby allied vehicles, air and ground?
  • Did you know that when you spot a tank in binocular view you can bring your gun on it by pressing left click and then quickly change to gunner view? This way you will not lose your target.
    • Also, holding the Left Ctrl key will make your turret follow where ever you point your binoculars at
  • Most Soviet vehicles are far less prone to fires thanks to running on diesel instead of gasoline?
  • Some vehicles have the same top speed forward and in reverse? The Ferdinand, Maus and Jpz 4-5 are examples.
  • Internal armor under the Maus turret is 50mm with additional armour plates with 20mm thickness?
  • A tank can display up to 350 impact craters on its surface?
  • The aircraft crew skills Repair Speed and Repair Rank of the ground services also affect (non-auto) repair times for ground vehicles in the garage?
  • HESH ammunition does not care about armor slopes? Just aim for a base armor that is thin enough for the HESH to blast through!
  • The switch from homogeneous steel armor to composite ones used today is due to development of guided missiles with HEAT warheads?
  • Missile aiming differs from arcade and realistic modes? Arcade uses the simpler SACLOS guidance system while Realistic uses the real-life systems or MCLOS and SACLOS. See this page for more information!
  • Speed records:
    1. The true speedster is the M18 Hellcat with rougly 80 kph / 50 mph on road. By the very same nation and in the same tree is the slowest vehicle: The Doom turtle itself - the T95 with 12 kph or 7.5 mph.
    2. Second speed records go to M41A1 Walker Bulldog at 70.37Km/43.72Mph. Second before last is the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus at 20.69Km/12.85Mph.
    • Fastest reverse speed in game has the Jpz. 4-5).

Maps & Missions

  • On Poland and Eastern Europe small vehicles as the M22, Panzer IV and Panzer III can drive through the gatehouses in the town?
  • Parts of the bridge on C point of ground map Tunisia can be destroyed?
  • You can download fan-made single player missions? Either click here for the wiki guide, or here to get to the official download centre live.warthunder.com
  • On Korea, if you bomb the enemy bridge, whoever has the most objectives on the airfield side usually wins? Go for those light pillboxes or Light Tank columns!
  • There is a smaller Ruhr map for Tier 1 aircraft so they don't have to travel as far as the Tier 2-4's?
  • There is an event called "Fight of the Swallows"? AI B-17 with P-51D-5 and P-51D-20NA escorts versus the Me 262A-1.
  • There is no cow level in War Thunder!

Game Mechanics

  • You can download new paint jobs for your plane or tank? Follow our guide here on the Wiki to learn more.
  • Every vehicle can be customized with up to four decals? Right click on the plane icon and then on the brush to enter the "sticker mode" (customization). From here you can also select downloaded paint patterns and camouflages.
  • You are now able to zoom into the minimap by moving your mouse cursor over the map and scrolling in? You need to assign the following settings to be able to do this: in control settings, make sure "show mouse cursor" is enabled.
  • Pressing with the cursor on the map seen while pressing "M" will signal the team to pay attention to the specific sector?

Wiki

  • You can get your own wiki profiles? Just click on your name at the top of page and edit away.
  • Anyone can edit anything on the wiki? Just sign in to your game account and happy editing!
    • Every edit has to be approved by a wiki moderator? And each edit has your name on it? Don't be foolish or you may just get a ban hammer!
  • The longest history section on the wiki is the M551 Sheridan? It clocks at 1,953 words!