Matilda Hedgehog

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
Matilda Hedgehog
uk_matilda_hedgehog.png
GarageImage Matilda Hedgehog.jpg
Matilda Hedgehog
AB RB SB
2.7 2.7 2.7
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Description

The Matilda Hedgehog is a premium gift rank II British heavy tank with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "New Power" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season I.

The Matilda Hedgehog is an Australian late-war experiment of the early but legendary Matilda infantry tank. The most notable difference from other Matildas is the presence of a new type of armament in the rear; a Spigot system fitted with Hedgehog mortars. This mortar was commonly used in naval warfare as an anti-submarine weapon and as such is very lethal weaponry if used correctly against tanks.

Along with other minor differences in armour protection and capabilities, the Matilda Hedgehog provides a somewhat of a unique playstyle for any commander in the shape of indirect fire. Although, her playstyle still resembles the other variant already found in the British tech tree, the Matilda III. In short, the performance could be summarised with the phrase: slow and steady.

One of the remarkable flaws of the Matilda Hedgehog over other variants is combat readiness and versatility. This is because the Hedgehog is a situational and limited weapon in tank warfare. The vehicle also loses equipment as the smoke grenade launchers and receives a large weak spot in its rear, as the Hedgehog launcher acts as a large unprotected ammo rack.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull75 / 70 / 55
Turret75 / 75 / 75
Crew4 people
Visibility84 %

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola 75 mm All-around
25 mm Base
75 mm
25 mm Base
75 mm
25 mm Base
75 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB26 / 5 km/h
RB and SB24 / 4 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
1 back
Weight27.3 t
Engine power
AB363 hp
RB and SB190 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB13.3 hp/t
RB and SB7.0 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 26 5 27.3 294 363 10.77 13.3
Realistic 24 4 168 190 6.15 6.96

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB330 Sl icon.png
RB1 710 Sl icon.png
SB2 670 Sl icon.png
Crew training4 700 Sl icon.png
Experts32 000 Sl icon.png
Aces160 Ge icon.png
Research Aces380 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 30 / 60 / 100 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Mods tank reinforcement uk.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank ammo.png
40mm_uk_2pdr_APHV_ammo_pack
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods tank ammo.png
40mm_uk_2pdr_APHE_ammo_pack
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods tank ammo.png
40mm_uk_2pdr_APCBC_ammo_pack

Armaments

Main armament

Shoulder stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in one plane while moving
Ammunition93 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.6 → 2.8 s
Vertical guidance-20° / 20°
Horizontal guidance-150° / 150°
Main article: QF 2-pounder (40 mm)
40 mm QF 2-pounder Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 93 ±20° ±150° Vertical 16.2 22.4 27.2 30.1 32.0 3.64 3.22 2.97 2.80
Realistic 11.9 14.0 17.0 18.8 20.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Shot Mk.1 AP/T AP 72 68 52 37 27 19
Shell Mk.2 HE 4 4 4 4 4 4
Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T APCBC 89 86 77 66 57 50
Shot Mk.1 APHV/T AP 80 75 58 41 30 21
Shell Mk.1 AP/T APHE 66 62 49 36 26 20
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Shot Mk.1 AP/T AP 792 1.08 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
Shell Mk.2 HE 687 1.34 0 0.1 85 79° 80° 81°
Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T APCBC 792 1.24 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
Shot Mk.1 APHV/T AP 853 1.08 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
Shell Mk.1 AP/T APHE 792 1.08 1.2 9 20.9 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
93 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Additional armament

Hedgehog
Ammunition7 rounds
Belt capacity7 rounds
Fire rate90 shots/min
Vertical guidance30° / 45°
Main article: Hedgehog
Hedgehog
Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer
7 +30°/+45° N/A N/A

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Hedgehog projectile HE 80 80 80 80 80 80
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Hedgehog projectile HE 45 29.5 0 0.1 25,280 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
7 __ (+__) __

Machine guns

Ammunition4 000 rounds
Belt capacity225 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: BESA (7.92 mm)
7.92 mm BESA
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,000 (225) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

If attacking, the Matilda should take point in the attacking force (if your team will wait for you) and crawl slowly towards the enemy locations with support from your team members. Stop and fire at any target that reveals itself to attack you. When defending, park some distance away from a choke point to a vital area and blast enemies as they try to enter. Remember to maintain team support so that enemies don't try to out manoeuvre you. Make sure to keep a safe distance away from the enemy to maximise the effectiveness of your armour with the shell damage drop-off. Like this, your armour will be very hard to penetrate. At the same time use the 2-pounder gun to attack the enemy. Close-distance fighting is ill-advised as opponents will be able to more easily penetrate the front armour and find weak points. A very important tip to know about the Matilda III is to not go into towns! You will be easily out manoeuvred, allowing your opponents to get close and flank and destroy you.

Opponents that deserve extra attention are the tank destroyers. The two German Marders carry a gun that can easily knock you out at long range, especially the Marder III (H), but those have thin armour, so use that to your advantage. The more armoured German TD, the StuG III, is even more dangerous. The StuG III A carry the short 75 mm that can fire high-penetrating HEAT rounds while its front armour can resist the 2-pounder's shots from a longer distance. The StuG III F is a bigger problem with its longer 75 mm gun and thicker armour, but its high battle rating of 3.7 should make this an uncommon sight. The Matilda will have a hard time to fight the StuGs due to the front armour and inability to manoeuvre to hit the side armour, thus it would be better to leave that to more manoeuvrable team members.

Other tanks to worry about are the more common medium tanks each nation carries from the M4 Shermans, Panzer IVs, and T-34s. These medium tanks have frontal armour able to resist the Matilda's 2-pounder rounds and easily out manoeuvre it as well. The most noteworthy tank to worry about is the Panzer IV with the long 75 mm guns, which can easily destroy your frontal armour.

Unlike Matilda III, this tank has a Hedgehog 183 mm launcher on its back. While it can be useful against clusters of unmoving vehicles, it is highly inaccurate and takes time to get used to. It also makes the Matilda Hedgehog much more vulnerable to flanking attacks, as the launcher can be shot easily, and results in an ammo rack explosion. This can get the tank destroyed by even SPAA vehicles.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Identical 40 mm gun to Matilda III, meaning same excellent gun depression, rate of fire and armour penetration
  • Hedgehogs can be lethal versus clusters of unmoving or light vehicles; such as those in close quarters battles
  • Frontal armour weak spots as the commander's cupola and the turret ring has been reinforced

Cons:

  • Poor mobility on all terrains, something retained from its predecessor, the Matilda III
  • Hedgehog launcher cannot be aimed or lowered; this means inaccuracies when firing and a permanent weak spot
  • Overall configuration is unimproved, however firing range is now limited by the Hedgehog launchers and there is no smoke launchers

History

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Media

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See also

External links


Britain heavy tanks
Infantry tanks  Independent · Matilda III · Matilda Hedgehog · Excelsior · Churchill I · Churchill III · Churchill VII · Black Prince
Post-war  Caernarvon · Conqueror

Britain premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II 1939 · AEC Mk II · Crusader "The Saint"
Medium tanks  Grant I · Cromwell V (RP-3) · Sherman IC "Trzyniec" · A.C.IV · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
  ▄Strv 81 (RB 52) · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk.5/1 · Sho't Kal Dalet · Centurion Action X
Heavy tanks  Independent · Matilda Hedgehog · Excelsior · Black Prince
Tank destroyers  Achilles (65 Rg.) · QF 3.7 Ram · Rooikat 105