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The Char D2 is a rank I French medium tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters". The D2 can be considered the brother of the S.35, sporting similar thick all-around armour, the same 47 mm SA35 gun, and a 3-man crew in the same configuration. The primary differences are the D2 is significantly slower - with nearly half the top speed and a lower power-to-weight ratio - while having a flatter, boxier hull shape, allowing the D2 to angle its armour more reliably.
Survivability and armour
Sporting 40 mm of rolled armour on all sides of a boxy hull, the D2 can be angled at a perfect 45 degree angle for a consistent effective thickness of at least 60 mm, presenting no obvious weak points save for the turret ring. The turret is of the same general style as used by the S.35 and B1 bis, with a small, strong 56 mm turret face reinforced by two gun mantlets and strongly angled 45 mm sides, making it very effective in hull-down positions. Still beware of enemies behind you and even strafing aircraft, as the low, sloped engine deck has two grilles with a mere 5 mm of protection that even SPAAs and heavy machine guns can penetrate.
The D2's ammo racks are located deep in the bottom of the hull, nestled behind the D2's extra suspension armour and the suspension itself, making them fairly well-protected.
- Rolled homogeneous armour (hull)
- Cast homogeneous armour (turret)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 40 mm Front glacis
40 mm Lower glacis
| 40 mm Top
40 mm + 10 mm Bottom
|40 mm|| 20 mm
5 mm Engine grille
|Turret|| 56 mm Turret front
45 mm Gun mantlet
45 mm Machine gun covering
|45 mm||45 mm||30 mm|
|Cupola||40 mm||40 mm||40 mm||30 mm|
- Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick
- Lower and upper turret ring armour are both 40 mm thick, and overlap slightly
- Gun barrel is 15 mm thick
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
With a top speed of 23 km/h (RB) and a low power-to-weight ratio, the D2 isn't going anywhere fast. Its one saving grace in the mobility department is its reverse speed of -12 km/h!
|47 mm SA35 L/32||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|108||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
|7.5 mm MAC 31|
|Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
As the D2 plays in most regards like a slower, slightly more reliably armoured S.35, utilize them side-by side, prioritizing the D2 in down-tiers and the S.35 in up-tiers, as the D2's hull armour will not save it at BR 2.3. When it's top tier, with a competent driver, it can even be played like a pocket heavy tank, or like a mini B1 bis without the hull cannon. Angle strongly, side-scrape, and utilize hull-down positions to make maximum use of your armour advantage. Pick what route you take when you spawn carefully; if you end up in the wrong place, your speed won't allow you to correct in a timely manner.
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism|
Pros and cons
- Thick all-around armour, able to be heavily angled
- Decent gun
- Stabilization mechanic
- Good MAC 31 coaxial MG
- 3 crew members; the "machine gunner" can be lost with minimal detriment
- Fantastic reverse speed; -12 km/h!
- Neutral steering
- Very low top speed
- No explosive filler for its AP shells
- Longer reload than most peers
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|France medium tanks|
|D2 · S.35 · Lorraine 40t · Leclerc|
|AMX||AMX M4 · AMX-32 · AMX-40 · AMX-50|
|AMX-30||AMX-30 · AMX-30 (1972) · AMX-30B2 · AMX-30B2 BRENUS · AMX-30 ACRA · AMX-30 Super|
|Based on M4||▄M4A1 · M4A1 (FL10) · ▄M4A3 (105) · ▄M4A4 · M4A4 (SA50)|
|Foreign||Panther "Dauphiné" (Germany)|