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War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. Available for Windows, Linux, SteamOS, PS4 and Mac. System requirements for all systems.

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Article of the month: January

Fw 190 A-8

Playing the Festive Quests for the toys? Earn 13 pilot's Christmas toys to earn the NC.900, the French variant of the German Fw 190 A-8 currently in the game.

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The Fw 190 A-8 was part of the Fw 190 family designed by Kurt Tank. The A-8 began production in February 1944, its distinction was an Erhöhte Notleistung injection boost system that increases engine power for a short period of time. The Fw 190 A-8 variant was the most produced of the Fw 190 A models, with up to 6,655 planes produced until the end of the war.

The Fw 190 A-8 in-game is armed with four 20 mm Mg 151/20, able to fire off Minengeschoß “mine shells.” Complementing the wing cannon armaments are two 13mm MG 131 heavy machine guns in the nose as back-up. It can carry a payload of two 21 cm Werfer-Granate 21 rockets, which were meant for anti-bomber duties, but was also used against ground targets.

The Fw-190 A-8 were produced in many factories across German territory. In France, an aircraft factory near Cravant produced the Fw 190 A for the Luftwaffe. When the Allies invaded France in Operation Overlord and drove the Germans out, the factory was abandoned with many Fw 190 fuselage and other parts left behind, sabotaged and with no working engines to prevent immediate use. The factory and its planes were taken up by the SNCAC as the Atelier Aéronautique de Cravant (AACR) to fix up the Fw 190 parts into finished planes with working engines. These French Fw 190 would be designated as the NC.900, the first finished in 15 March 1945.

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Panzerjäger I - The first German Tank Hunter

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There is no need to introduce German tank destroyers, serving during the World War 2. But only one of them was the first German dedicated tank destroyer – the small and light Panzerjäger I. In War Thunder, if you just started your way down the German ground forces technological tree, the Panzerjäger I will be your first tank destroyer as well, being a rank I vehicle with the BR value of 1.7.

The Panzerjäger I’s story start with the PzKpfw I German light tank. This tank, originally designed to be a training vehicle, was armed only with dual rifle-calibre machine guns, and was thus absolutely unfit for combatting enemy armour – a weakness discovered during the Spanish Civil War. Despite that, the Panzer I continued to be used as a frontline vehicle even during initial campaigns of the Second World War. Even before the outbreak of the war, the tank was however already hopelessly obsolete with its machine-gun only armament and light armour, and was next to useless in frontline service.

Germany however possessed hundreds of them in 1939, and the idea to simply phase them out was considered to be potential waste of good chassis. An idea was thus proposed to convert PzKpfw I tanks into an interim light tank destroyer, a vehicle specially designed to combat enemy tanks. During the conversion process, the running gear and chassis were unchanged. The turret was removed and replaced by a lightly armoured casemate, which was open from the top and from the rear (very similar conversion resulted in the Flakpanzer I anti-aircraft vehicle, also available in War Thunder). The new vehicle was designated as the Panzerjäger I ("Tank Hunter").

-Author: Jan "RayPall" Kozák

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Did you know that...

  • You are able to zoom into the minimap by moving your mouse cursor over the map and scrolling in? You need to assign the following settings to be able to do this: in control settings, make sure "show mouse cursor" is enabled.
  • With 3000 rounds per minute, the American 20 mm M168 Vulcan gatling gun on the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System is the fastest firing weapon in the game?
  • Pressing with the cursor on the map seen while pressing "M" will signal the team to pay attention to the specific sector?
  • Different steel types exist for armour? Every metal has got its own modifier e.g. cast steel is only 90% as strong as rolled homogeneous steel (which is the standard armour plate). All part of the damage mechanics, see this page for more details.
  • Reducing the vehicles ammo load, affects the ammo storage by making them smaller and once empty disappear. Empty Ammo Racks cannot be exploded and are literally empty space.
  • Rockets can be shot down mid-air by gun fire?
  • By binding a button to "Manual Engine Control" under the "Full Aircraft Control" tab in the controls menu, you can control the engine settings manually in RB and SB, even when using Mouse Aim controls and potentially achieve better performance.
  • There is no cow level in War Thunder!
  • Torpedoes can destroy bridges too, if they hit the pillars.
    • Further they can destroy tanks and floatplanes, if they're in the water.
    • As most torpedoes travel at certain depths, they will detonate upon impact on shore. With a radius & penetration exceeding 30m and 300mm, killing tanks in the vicinity is possible for these swimming 270kg of pure Torpex explosives.
  • Your aiming reticle in Arcade adjusts for the slowest bullet of your guns. Thus with the P-39 only one caliber (the slower 37mm, not faster 7.7mm) will hit in turn-fights.

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