|This page is about the tank destroyer AMX-50 Foch. For other uses, see AMX-50 (Family).|
The Canon automoteur AMX-50 Foch is a rank V French tank destroyer with a battle rating of 7.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance" along with the initial French ground tree.
Survivability and armour
The AMX-50 Foch is able to withstand every single round it faces in combat except HEATFS and 105mm APCR sub-calibre shots frontally. It is often confused with the CA Lorraine and vice-versa due to its similarities in profile, size and frontal plate. For the same reason, people may think you are fragile yet you are one of the toughest armour to crack at the battle rating. It should be noted that only the front is the strong section of the tank. Roof, rear and sides are the most vulnerable places of the tank, even for 20 mm autocannons.
Regarding crew compartment, despite being not too tight but not huge either, it has a high survivability specially for the number of crew members and the huge breech of the 120 mm cannon (they will most likely destroy your breech with a side shot but it will stop most of the spalling). The ammunition is located at the rear of the crew compartment (in front of engine deck) an at the hull sides. This makes the Foch one of the easiest tanks to ammo rack at the battle rating. The tank has a crew amount of 5 crewmen: driver, gunner, commander and two loaders, one of them is the machine gunner
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 180mm (55°) Front glacis
100 mm (60°) Lower glacis
180-300 (0-72°) + 180 mm Gun mantlet
| 40 mm (15°) Top
40 mm Bottom
| 40 mm Top
40 mm (40°) Bottom
| 30 mm Fighting compartment |
20 mm Engine deck
90 mm Gun mantlet
|Cupola|| 200 mm Front
30 mm Everywhere else
- Suspension wheels and tracks are both 20 mm thick.
- Road wheels are interleaved and provide cumulative protection for the lower side hull.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The AMX-50 Foch is not as fast as compared with other turretless tank destroyers as the JPz 4-5 but not as slow as the Jagdtiger. Despite being huge, it is absurdly fast and agile for a tank its size due to being mounted on an AMX-50 chassis but with stronger armour than the Jagdtiger. As the rest of the French tanks, it has excellent neutral steering but the reverse speed is horrible. It is compensated with a tremendous horsepower and armour as well as a potent main gun. It should not be played as fast as the JPz 4-5 as well as risky but it should not be fully played as bastion defence.
Modifications and economy
The AMX-50 Foch can be considered as a hybrid between the CA Lorraine and the AMX-50 Surbaisse: it shares the height of the Lorraine but mobility and the firepower of the AMX-50 Surbaisse. The gun has a use and ballistic similar to the Surbaisse (both share the same ammunition).
|120 mm SA46||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
APBC: This is the first and only anti-tank ammunition the AMX-50 Foch. Despite having a "low" penetration (compared to other rounds seen at the battle rating) it should not be underestimated. It has the penetration to deal with all heavy tanks frontally (with exception of Maus and E-100) as well as enough spalling to destroy lightly armoured vehicles. This round is a 90% confirmed one shot kill due to its tremendous mass.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|120 mm Obus de rupture||APBC||301||298||286||272||258||245|
|120 mm Obus explosif||HE||39||39||39||39||39||39|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|120 mm Obus de rupture||APBC||1,067||23.1||N/A||N/A||N/A||47°||60°||65°|
|120 mm Obus explosif||HE||762||22.84||0||0.1||4,650||79°||80°||81°|
|48||43 (+5)||31 (+17)||19 (+29)||5 (+43)||1 (+47)||Yes|
Right side empty: 19 (+29)
The MG151 can be considered as one of the most reliable HMG (Heavy Machine Gun) in game due to multiple factors: ammunition capacity, muzzle velocity and penetration, stopping power and rate of fire. It is a Jack-of-all-trades when it comes to ground battles, it has a faster muzzle velocity than 20 mm cannons but has more destructive power than the 14.5 mm (Russian HMG caliber) machine gun but it overheats really fast. The MG151 is almost exclusive to this specific tank and is able of doing multiple things:
- Immediate ground defence: this machine gun is able to damage and destroyed external components of all tanks (tracks, gun barrels, etc), destroy lightly armoured vehicles (with armour thinner than 45 mm), obstruction removal (fences, walls, etc) and spotting.
- Immediate air defence: due to being roof mounted inside a cupola with a 360° rotation and a 20° elevation, it is able to critically damage low-flying aircraft. This belts have AP-I round which can cause fatal damage on all low flying aircraft (it often lights them on fire or damages their engine).
|15 mm MG 151|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|Cupola turret||500 (500)||700||-3°/+20°||-35°/+160°|
Usage in battles
The AMX-50 Foch does well in concealment, and so the first thing to do upon spawning onto the battlefield is to find a place where the AMX-50 Foch can hide while having a good arc of fire against incoming enemies. Do this to minimise the weak points of the vehicle, such as the weak side armour and the long reload time. If the enemy sees only the front armour, it should be fine given the thick, sloped armour available, but do take note on the type of enemy encountered.
If a Leopard I tank or anything else with HEAT shells notice the AMX-50 Foch's position, immediately move as these vehicles can very easily penetrate the AMX-50 Foch's frontal armour. However, encountering tanks with only standard AP shells like a Tiger II should suffice as they would have a harder time penetrating through the front of the AMX-50 Foch.
Being patient is key to the success of the AMX-50 Foch. Going out and hunting enemies, especially in close-range fights, is not beneficial to a long-term survival strategy in the AMX-50 Foch, especially with the weak side armour.
Pros and cons
- Very powerful 120 mm gun; can even penetrate the Maus in some areas
- Reasonably fast
- Has a 15 mm MG 151 on the top in its own turret
- Great armour on the front slope plate (upper glacis)
- Immense spalling from the APBC shells; head-on one-shots are very likely
- Good mobility
- Rangefinder logs range very quickly
- No turret; vulnerable to getting flanked
- Longer reload than the AMX-50 Surbaisse
- Limited ammo choices
- The Main gun has a very narrow firing arc
- AP shells will have a hard time destroying some opponents from the side
- Very thin side armour
- Rangefinder and gun mantlet are weak spots - allowing APHE to destroy the Foch you with a well-placed shot
- MG 151 jams quickly, turns slowly and has a very limited firing arc and elevation
- Very low levels of zoom
During the early 1950s, DEFA worked to produce the third version of the AMX-50 heavy tank which featured a 120 mm self-propelled gun, however, during upgrades weight became a factor severely hampering the speed of the vehicle. 1955 saw a team of seventy German engineers brought in to help solve the problem maintaining the 120 mm cannon plus have the necessary armour and maintain a 65 kph speed. Due to the delays and problems encountered during construction, only five prototypes were constructed and only one was finished which became known as the Canon Automoteur AMX-50 Foch, named after the supreme allied commander during World War I, Marshal Ferdinand Foch, general and military theorist. The main purpose of the AMX-50 "120 mm" was to provide long-range support for the medium AMX-50 "100 mm" tanks. An ambitious task of designing a version with a 155 mm cannon was started, however, this never made it past the drawing stage.
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- reference to the series of the vehicles;
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