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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 type:

  • 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)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 26 14 19.8 _,___ 286 __.__ 14.44
Realistic 23 13 _,___ 150 __.__ 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!


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 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 5.2 _.__ _.__ 4.0
Realistic __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__


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
Mle1935 APC 62 59 47 36 27 20
Mle1935 HE HE 4 4 4 4 4 4
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Mle1935 APC 660 1.62 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
Mle1935 HE HE 590 1.41 0.4 0.1 143 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

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Machine guns

Main article: MAC 31 (7.5 mm)
7.5 mm MAC 31
Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
3250 (___) 1350 __° __°

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.


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


  • 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!


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


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See also

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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)