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RANK 4 FRANCE
Somua SM PACK
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D2
AB RB SB
1.3 1.3 1.3
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Description

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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.

General info

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.

Armour types:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, sideskirts, turret ring, turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (turret sides, gun mantlet, turret cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 40 mm (17°) Front glacis - upper part
40 mm (40°) Front glacis - lower part
40 mm (53°) Lower glacis
40 mm Top
40 mm + 10 mm Bottom
20 mm (72°) Upper plate (roof)
5 mm (72°) Engine vent (roof)
40 mm Centre plate
20 mm (58°) Lower plate
20 mm Front part
5 mm Engine vent - front part
20 mm (18°) Rear part
5 mm (18°) Engine vent - rear part
Turret 56 mm Turret front
45 mm Gun mantlet
45 mm Machine gun port
40 mm Turret ring
45 mm (20°) 30 mm (25°) Front part
30 mm Rear part
Cupola 40 mm 40 mm (26°) 40 mm (9°) 30 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, bogies are 10 mm thick and tracks are 20 mm thick
  • Lower and upper turret ring armour are both 40 mm thick, and overlap slightly

Mobility

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 14 19.8 232 286 11.72 14.44
Realistic 23 13 133 150 6.72 7.58

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!

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: SA35 L/32 (47 mm)
47 mm SA35 L/32 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 108 ±18° ±180° Vertical 9.5 13.1 __.__ __.__ 18.8 5.2 _.__ _.__ 4.0
Realistic 6.0 7.0 __.__ __.__ 10.0

Ammunition

The D2 has a limited choice of ammunition:

  • Mle1935: APC; a solid shot with average penetration and no explosive filler. Make sure to target modules and crew positions to maximise the damage. Knowledge of enemy vehicle layouts is essential with this type of ammunition.
  • Mle1935 HE: HE; useful for destroying open and very lightly armoured vehicles.
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
Mle1935 APC 62 59 47 36 27 20
Mle1935 HE HE 4 4 4 4 4 4
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%
Mle1935 APC 660 1.6 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
Mle1935 HE HE 590 1.4 0.4 0.1 143 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the D2
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
108 91 (+17) 73 (+35) 55 (+53) 37 (+71) 19 (+89) 1 (+107) No

Notes:

  • As they are modeled by sets of 3, shells disappear from the rack only after you've fired all shells in the set.
  • Packing 25 (+83) shells is a good compromise to have enough shells at your disposal while reducing drastically the risk of ammo rack detonation.

Machine guns

Main article: MAC 31 (7.5 mm)
7.5 mm MAC 31
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3250 (150) 1350 N/A N/A

The small caliber of the MAC 31 machine gun makes it largely ineffective against all armoured vehicles but the ones with an open compartment. It still can be used to ping targets as a rangefinding help.

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.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Very low top speed
  • No explosive filler for its AP shells
  • Longer reload than most peers

History

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Media

Skins
Videos

See also

Vehicles equipped with the same gun and turret
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


France medium tanks
  D2 · S.35 · Lorraine 40t
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
Leclerc  Leclerc · Leclerc S2
Based on M4  ▄M4A1 · M4A1 (FL10) · ▄M4A3 (105) · ▄M4A4 · M4A4 (SA50)
Foreign  Panther "Dauphiné" (Germany)