20pdr OQF Mk.I (84 mm)

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The 20pdr OQF Mk.I is a 84 mm British tank cannon, developed after the end of WWII to combat the Soviet IS-3. It fires a variety of conventional shells, but introduces a new subcalibre APDS round paired with a two-plane stabilizer on all but one of its implementations.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The 20pdr is first seen on the Charioteer without a stabilizer, but it isn't until it is mounted on the many Centurion variants that it truly shines. Its APCBC round has penetration comparable to the Tiger II's , but as usual for British tanks it lacks explosive filler. The unlockable APDS Mk.3 round, however, can reliably penetrate most tanks frontally with 285 mm of penetration at point blank, with a very high velocity that can allow one to land shots at long range with a punctual consistency. Unfortunately, the great penetration and good ballistics comes at a cost as the APDS round has very poor post-penetration damage, with a narrow cone of damage and no explosive filler. One must have a very extensive knowledge of enemy crew placement or ammo rack locations to reliably eliminate enemy tanks with one shot. For a player less familiar with enemy vehicles at the battle rating, it is advised to try to incapacitate the gunner or knock out the cannon to ensure the tank will not fire back.

Available ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Shot Mk.1 APCBC 232 229 216 201 187 173
Shot Mk.3 APDS 285 283 262 239 218 198
Shell Mk.1 HE 15 15 15 15 15 15

Comparison with analogues

With the APDS rounds, the 20pdr has a penetration level similar to that of 3BM4 found on the T-62. The APCBC round's closest analogue is the PzGr. 39/43 found on the late-war German tanks such as the Tiger II and Ferdinand.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Impressive penetration, negates most armour
  • High velocity and low drop, easy to hit moving and distant targets
  • Usually stabilized on both axis


  • Poor post-penetration damage with all rounds


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See also

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Britain tank cannons
20 mm  GI-2
30 mm  L21A1
40 mm  QF 2-pounder
47 mm  Ordnance QF 3-pounder
57 mm  6pdr OQF Mk.III · 6pdr OQF Mk.V
75 mm  OQF Mk.V
76 mm  GT-4 · OQF 3-inch Howitzer Mk I · OQF 3in 20cwt · QF 17-pounder
77 mm  OQF Mk.II
84 mm  20pdr OQF Mk.I · kan Strv 81
90 mm  GT-2
94 mm  32pdr OQF · OQF Mk.II
105 mm  GT-3 · GT-7 · GT-8 · LRF · Royal Ordnance L7A1 · Sharir
120 mm  Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2 · Ordnance BL Tk. L11 · L11A5 · L30A1
165 mm  ORD BL 6.5in L9A1
183 mm  QF L4A1
37 mm  M5 (USA) · M6 (USA)
75 mm  M2 (USA) · M3 (USA)