Towing is an in-game ability exclusive to ground forces that allow vehicles to interact with one another by coupling of towing cables on each other.
The ability to tow is default key binded to the "0" on the keyboard in the controls under "Miscellaneous: towing rope".
Once binded, this key will enable the ability to tow on the vehicle in-game.
Towing another vehicle
Towing another vehicle requires the vehicle about to be towed (henceforth vehicle #1) to have enabled towing on their vehicle. The indication that vehicle #1 is ready to be towed is if a white towing hook is seen above the vehicle.
To begin towing, both vehicles must be within a certain distance. The vehicle about to tow (henceforth vehicle #2) must approach vehicle #1 and then upon hovering the in-game cursor on it, can see a formation of a tow rope being placed between the two vehicles. The location that the towing cable will connect to is dependent on where the cursor is on vehicle #1, allowing the player of vehicle #2 to pick the placement of the tow rope. Once vehicle #2 presses the tow button, the towing cable is connected at that spot and the two vehicles are now linked. Vehicle #2 can now use its own power to pull vehicle #1 out of whatever predicament it was once in.
Towing is more than just one vehicle pulling another, there's an art of physics involved as well!
- A light vehicle with low horsepower is not going to be able to pull very heavy vehicles. For example, the 6.4 ton Panzerjäger I with only 100 hp can't efficiently tow a 21 ton Panzer IV E.
- Attaching the tow rope on the centre of gravity will cause the pull to simply drag the tank over the ground.
- Flipping an overturned vehicle has more than just "point-and-click" action with towing. Aim the towing rope at an end to maximize torque to flip over a tank. If a tank is flipped on its side, aim the towing rope on the higher end and then pull down to bring the vehicle back down onto level ground. If a tank is completely overturned and still movable, aim the towing rope on the opposite end and then pull to provide enough force to flip the tank right back over.
- Track direction is considered when towing. It is easier to drag a tank in its forwards or backwards direction, but harder to drag towards the left or right direction.
There are some moments in-game when a vehicle cannot be towed no matter what due to its situation. The following situations are times when a vehicle cannot be towed:
- Broken tracks (?)
- Crew replenishment
- Turret phasing through the map.