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War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. Available for Windows, Linux, SteamOS, PS4 and Mac. System requirements for all systems.

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Article of the month: June

Icon-country-frg.png Leopard A1A1

When designing their new tank, the Bundeswehr had a shift in thinking in the trinity of tank design. Armour would take less priority for mobility and firepower, under the belief that in the evolving anti-tank technology of the shaped charges, armour would be quickly outdated for any tank. Initially under cooperation with the French and Italian under project name Europa-Panzer, Germany continued the development after the collaboration ended and completed the tank that would be known as the Leopard by 1963. The tank would see wide-spread production by 1965.

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Constant improvements over the years added new features onto the Leopard variant, and a standardized variant Leopard A1A1 in 1975 added a two-axis gun stabiliser, side skirts, track grousers, and add-on armour around the turret.

Mobility has been emphasized with this machine, with the engine components making up roughly half of the internal space. With a 830 hp engine propelling a 42 ton tank, the ~19 hp/ton ratio allows the Leopard to reach very high speeds. Armed with the British 105 mm L7 gun, which along with the new two-axis stabiliser compared to the first iteration, this allows the Leopard A1A1 to make the most out of both its mobility and firepower. Though armour was not as emphasized in the design, the front hull armour was still 70 mm thick, sloping at a 60° angle leads to an effective line-of-sight thickness of ~140 mm, which is relatively efficient against smaller guns.

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Panzerjäger I - The first German Tank Hunter

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There is no need to introduce German tank destroyers, serving during the World War 2. But only one of them was the first German dedicated tank destroyer – the small and light Panzerjäger I. In War Thunder, if you just started your way down the German ground forces technological tree, the Panzerjäger I will be your first tank destroyer as well, being a rank I vehicle with the BR value of 1.7.

The Panzerjäger I’s story start with the PzKpfw I German light tank. This tank, originally designed to be a training vehicle, was armed only with dual rifle-calibre machine guns, and was thus absolutely unfit for combatting enemy armour – a weakness discovered during the Spanish Civil War. Despite that, the Panzer I continued to be used as a frontline vehicle even during initial campaigns of the Second World War. Even before the outbreak of the war, the tank was however already hopelessly obsolete with its machine-gun only armament and light armour, and was next to useless in frontline service.

Germany however possessed hundreds of them in 1939, and the idea to simply phase them out was considered to be potential waste of good chassis. An idea was thus proposed to convert PzKpfw I tanks into an interim light tank destroyer, a vehicle specially designed to combat enemy tanks. During the conversion process, the running gear and chassis were unchanged. The turret was removed and replaced by a lightly armoured casemate, which was open from the top and from the rear (very similar conversion resulted in the Flakpanzer I anti-aircraft vehicle, also available in War Thunder). The new vehicle was designated as the Panzerjäger I ("Tank Hunter").

-Author: Jan "RayPall" Kozák

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Did you know that...

  • You are 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.
  • With 3000 rounds per minute, the American 20 mm M168 Vulcan gatling gun on the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System is the fastest firing weapon in the game?
  • Pressing with the cursor on the map seen while pressing "M" will signal the team to pay attention to the specific sector?
  • Different steel types exist for armour? Every metal has got 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, see this page for more details.
  • Reducing the vehicles ammo load, affects the ammo storage by making them smaller and once empty disappear. Empty Ammo Racks cannot be exploded and are literally empty space.
  • Rockets can be shot down mid-air by gun fire?
  • 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.
  • There is no cow level in War Thunder!
  • Torpedoes can destroy bridges too, if they hit the pillars.
    • Further 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 & penetration exceeding 30m and 300mm, killing tanks in the vicinity is possible for these swimming 270kg of pure Torpex explosives.
  • 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.

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