Smoke Screen

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Smoke Screen refers to the ability to conceal movement or location by the usage of smoke. This tactic is exclusive to Ground forces.

Development History

The rumor of the addition of smoke into the game has been tossed around by the community and developers for a long time. Depending on the year, it goes from a speculated to a denied addition.

The first tease of the smoke screen is in the 2017 April Fool's events with the tanks in the event having fully functional smoke grenade systems that could activate the external smoke launchers to create a smoke screen around the vehicle. This event showcased the usage of smoke to the community, which was met with much optimism and support, as well as speculation that the feature was incoming in a future update.

The feature was finally revealed to be an addition to the game in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica". Smoke screening became a valid tactic through three different implementation, smoke shells fired from the tank's armament, smoke launchers fired from the tank's exterior, and fuel injection into the engine to produce smoke.

Effect of Smoke screen

Using smoke in the game creates a large white cloud at the area of impact. Smoke varies between application on screen radius, screen time, and screen holding time.

  • Screen radius: How wide the smoke screen is effective
  • Screen time: Time it takes for smoke to become effective
  • Screen holding time: Time smoke is effective before dissipating

The smoke screen obscures line-of-sight vision rather well once deployed. In addition of concealing movement to the eyes, markers also disappear if obscured by the smoke, granting full concealment to those who could use smoke well. While smoke does indeed conceal a precise position of a vehicle, the presence of smoke is also a good indication for the enemy on the general direction the smoke users are, so its usage must be exercised with caution.

Smoke shells are generally not an offensive weapon due to its utility and lower muzzle velocity, however the smoke shells are treated like explosive shells and could be used to devastating effect on open-topped and lightly-armored vehicles in some cases.

Vehicles with Smoke

As of v.1.71.1.50

Smoke Shells

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M41A1 Walker Bulldog
M3 Lee
M4A1 Sherman
M4 Sherman
M4A2 Sherman
M4A3 (105)
M4A1 (76) W Sherman
M4A2 (76) W Sherman
M4A3 (76) W HVSS Sherman
M4A3E2 Jumbo
M4A3E2 (76) W Jumbo
M26 Pershing
M46 Patton
M47 Patton II
M48A1 Patton III
M60
M60A1
M60A1 RISE (P)
T95E1
M103
MBT-70
75 mm GMC M3
M18 Hellcat
M36 Jackson
M56 Scorpion
T34 Calliope
M26 T99
M46 "Tiger"
M4A3E2 Jumbo "Cobra King"
M18 "Black Cat"
75 mm GMC M8A1
Grant I
Panzer IV C
Panzer IV E
Panzer IV F1
Panzer IV F2
Panzer IV G
Panzer IV H
Panzer IV J
Maus
StuG III A
StuG III F
StuH 42
StuG III G
Neubaufahrzeug
Panzer III N
Pz.Bfw.IV
mKPz M47
E-100
T-34 1941
T-34 1942
T-34E STZ
T-44-100
T-54 1947
T-54 1949
T-54 1951
T-55A
KV-1S
KV-1 ZiS-5
SU-122
SU-100
SU-100P
T-34E
KV-1E
T-34-100
Matilda F-96
SU-76M 5th Gv.Kav.Corps
Churchill Mk.I
Sherman VC Firefly
Challenger
Centurion Mk.1
FV4202
Centurion Mk.3
Chieftain Mk.3
Chieftain Mk.5
Chieftain Mk.10
Caernarvon
Archer
Achilles
Avenger
Charioteer
Grant Mk.I
Sherman IC Firefly
AC IV Thunderbolt
A.43 Black Prince
Achilles 65th
M41 SDF
Ho-I
Chi-Nu
M4A3 (76) W SDF
ST-A1
ST-A2
Type 61
STB-1
Type 74
Ho-Ni I
Ho-Ni III

Smoke launchers

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M24 Chaffee
M24 Chaffee LT
M4A3 (105) Sherman
M551 Sheridan
M60A2
M60A1 RISE (P)
MBT-70
Puma
Panzer III E
Panzer III F
Panzer III M
Panzer III N
Panzer IV C
Panzer IV E
Panzer IV F1
Panzer IV F2
Panzer IV G
Panzer IV/70(A)
Panther D
Panther A
Panther G
Panther F
Panther II
Jagdpanther
Bfw. Jagdpanther
Tiger H1
Tiger E
Tiger II (H)
Tiger II (H) Sla.16
Jagdtiger
mKPz M47
Leopard 1A0
Leopard 1A1A1
Flakpanzer I Gepard
Jagdpanzer 4-5
Raketenjagdpanzer 2
Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT
T-44-100
T-54 1947
T-54 1951
IS-3
IS-4M
T-10M
ASU-85
SU-122-54
Object 268
A13 Mk.I
A13 Mk.II
Crusader Mk.II
Crusader Mk.III
Daimler AC Mk.II
Cromwell I
Cromwell V
Valentine Mk.I
Valentine Mk IX
Valentine Mk XI
Churchill Mk.I
Churchill Mk.III
Churchill Mk.VII
Sherman Firefly
Firefly «Scoripon»
Comet I
Iron Duke IV
Centurion Mk.1
Centurion Mk.3
Centurion Mk.10
FV4202
Caernarvon
Chieftain Mk.3
Chieftain Mk.5
Chieftain Mk.10
Conqueror Mk.2
Charioteer Mk.VII
Tortoise
FV4004 Conway
FV438 Swingfire
A13 Mk.I 3rd RTR
Cromwell RP-3
Strv 81
A13 Mk.II 1939

Ha-Go Commander
STB-1
Type 61
Type 74
Type 87

Exhaust Smoke System

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T-55A
T-62
T-64A (1971)
IT-1
T-10M
BMP-1

History

To be Filled

Screenshots and fan art

Videos

A French Leclerc main battle tank deploys its smoke launchers.
A M1A1 Abrams fire its smoke launchers.




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