Kuban (Ground Forces)
Kuban is a ground forces map available in all modes. It is one of the oldest tank maps, being present in the ground forces Closed Beta Test (CBT), and being released with the ground forces Open Beta Test (OBT) in Update 1.41; although has been significantly reworked since then. It is the only ground forces map in the game which is available in all five game modes (Battle, Domination, Conquest, Break and Skirmish). The map is set in the Kuban region of Russia, near the town of Krymskaya (now known as Krymsk).
The map is set in a rural area; there is a Prisoner Of War (POW) camp in the southeast of the map, made up of wooden buildings, and surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers. Aside from the camp and the small number of houses next to it, there are very few other buildings in the map; with two small clusters of forestry buildings, surrounded by chopped down trees, in the east and west of the map. The terrain is very uneven with lots of hills and rocky areas throughout the map, providing opportunities for short range brawling, and longer range "sniping" engagements.
The southeastern area of the map is separated from the rest of the map by several rocky hills, with passages between them. A road runs round the outside of the entire map, and another runs across it from the southwest to the northeast. The middle and northwest of the map are both similar, with plenty of hills and uneven terrain. There is a deep lake in the northwest, which if fallen in to is impossible to escape from.
The tank battles map is 1.6km x 1.6km and the air battles map is the same map as the Krymsk air battles map, at 65km x 65km.
This map is set in the Kuban region of Southern Russia, surrounding the Kuban River, on the Black Sea. The tank map is a fictional location, inspired by the terrain in the area. The air battles map puts the tank battles map about 6.5km (4 miles) west of the town of Krymskaya (now known as Krymsk) and 25km (15.5 miles) northeast of the Port of Novorossiysk, which also features as a ground forces map in War Thunder.
The Kuban region saw fighting between Soviet and German forces during the Battle of the Caucasus, between 1942 and 1944.
There are three Capture Points. Point A will be in the centre of the map (grid zone H7), B is in the north west of the map (grid zone F5), C is just outside the POW camp in the southwest (grid zone L10).
There are three configurations of the conquest mode, each with one Capture Point. The point will be in the northwest (grid zone E4), in the southeast of the map near the POW camp (grid zone K10) or along the road running across the map (grid zone I8).
There are two capture points, each owned by one of the teams. The points are among the forestry buildings in the east and west of the map.
One capture point will be in the northwest of the map (grid zone E4), and another will be near the road, towards the middle of the map (grid zone I8). When captured they will unlock capture points between the two spawns each team has.
Kuban is one of only two maps to have access to the Skirmish mode, the other being Ash River. In the Skirmish mode the capture points move at fixed time intervals. At any time there can be between 1 and 3 capture points. For the possible locations of the points see the image below.
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