Matilda Mk II F-96

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General info

The Matilda II F-96 in the garage.

The Infantry Tank Mk II A12 "Matilda" IIA F96 (Matilda Mk II F-96) is a gift Rank II Soviet heavy tank with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.67 "Assault" 2017 World War Two: Chronicle Event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards. This vehicle is a Lend-Lease British Matilda II in Soviet service upgunned with a 76.2 mm F-96 cannon, equivalent of the ZIS-5 on the KV-1.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Upgraded gun is miles better than the 40 mm on the standard Matilda
  • Stock shell has a lot of HE filler
  • Good armour all round
  • Small for a heavy tank
  • Premium SL and RP bonuses

Cons:

  • Gun depression only a mere -2°
  • Has thin weak spots in front
  • Slow
  • Sluggish turns
  • Very cramped, a single shot can knock you out
  • Default rounds have lackluster penetration
  • Though it may not seem important, the DT machine gun is not as effective as the usual BESA machine gun found on the British Matilda. It has less ammo capacity and slightly less penetration, making it less useful against aircraft and unarmoured vehicles.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 76 mm F-96 cannon (54 Rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (3,150 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 76 mm F-96 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 54 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -2°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.9°/s (Stock), 16.5°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Rate of Fire: 9.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 6.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm F-96 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 54 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -2°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.9°/s (Stock), 14.0°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20.0°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Rate of Fire: 9.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), 7.1s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 6.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm F-96 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 54 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -2°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.9°/s (Stock), 14.0°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20.0°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Rate of Fire: 9.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), 7.1s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 6.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
BR-350A 80 78 71 63 56 50 APHEBC 665 6.3 0.15 10.0 150 +4° 42° 27° 19°
BR-350B 98 95 87 77 68 60 APHEBC 680 6.3 0.9 15.0 108.8 +4° 42° 27° 19°
BR-350SP 105 104 85 69 57 46 APBC 680 6.8 N/A N/A N/A +4° 42° 27° 19°
OF-350M 9 9 9 9 9 9 HE 680 6.2 0.05 0.1 621 +0° 11° 10°
Sh-354T 37 35 29 25 20 17 Shrapnel 680 6.2 0.5 8.0 85 +0° 28° 21° 17°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
D-350A Smoke 680 6.5 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Matilda F96
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
54 43 (+11) 31 (+23) (+53) Sides empty: 31 (+23) no

Secondary armament

1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Front hull, Turret, Side top)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull side, Hull rear, Hull roof)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 75 mm (0-7°) Front plate
22-47 mm (69°) Front glacis
22-78 mm (12-46°) Joint area
22 mm (56°) Lower glacis
70 mm (20-26°) Top
40 + 25 mm Bottom
20 mm (15-79°) Top
55 mm (25°) Bottom
20 mm
35 mm Driver's port
Turret 75 mm (0-73°) Turret front
75 mm (3-69°) Gun mantlet
75 mm (0-23°) 75 mm 18 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 75 mm (6-7°) 18 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are both 20 mm thick.
  • Side skirts are not all flat. Small protrusions in the center area go inwards by 54° and are 13 mm thick, giving that portion 40 + 13 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 28.5 ton

Max Speed: 25.5 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 245 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 8.60 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 302 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.60 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 28.5 ton

Max Speed: 24 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 168 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 5.89 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 190 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 6.67 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 28.5 ton

Max Speed: 24 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 168 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 5.89 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 190 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 6.67 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

As the tank is a premium reward tank, everything is unlocked, so you do not need to grind for anything like parts or FPE

History of creation and combat usage

Development

In World War II, the Soviet Union was a recipient of the Lend-Lease Act and received many foreign vehicles from America and Britain to outfit their tank corps. One such vehicles obtained by the Soviet Union was the Matilda II infantry tank. Starting from 18 December 1941 until 1943, 1,084 Matildas were sent to the Red Army (though only 918 were received and the rest were sunk on the way).[1] Their first combat service was in the Battle of Moscow, of which 145 Matildas had arrived at the time and were assigned to the 170th and 171st Tank Battalions, though their overall impact to the campaign was almost negligible. Soviet opinion on the vehicle was rather favorable on the armour and 2-pounder gun with issues on the engine, drive train, and suspension design. Though the 2-pounder was a good contemporary to the 45 mm guns, the lack of capable high-explosives for the 2-pounder was a concern and extra firepower was considered.

As early as the first tanks were received in December, Soviet engineers considered uparming the Matilda with a 76 mm gun.[2] The rearmament process was assigned to Factory No.96 under Vasiliy Grabin, one of the main producers of 76 mm guns for Soviet tanks. The 76 mm ZIS-5 gun of the KV-1 was considered and placed onto the tank, as well as replacing the BESA machine gun with a DT machine gun.[3] The addition of the gun required heavy modifications of the Matilda turret, the gun mantlet essentially converted into that similar of the KV-1's.

Cancellation

On 09 January 1942, a recommendation came down from Yakov N. Fedorenko on the rearmament of the Matilda and Valentine happening at Factory No.96.[3] The converted Matilda's turret became too cramped for the crew to operate the tank, an unsatisfactory design feature. Plus, the conversion process required such an extensive change to the tank design that the efficiency of such conversion did not fit Soviet production plans. Fedorenko deemed it more efficient to simply retain the 2-pounder armament and keep the 76.2 mm guns prioritized on their tanks.

Other factors played in the lower priority of the 76 mm rearmament. The Battle of Moscow was over and the front-line had stabilized for the Soviets. The issue of high-explosive power was mitigated with the shipments of Matilda Close Support (CS) variants armed with the 3-inch (76 mm) howitzer instead of the 2-pounder. Finally, the ammo compatability of the 2-pounder with Soviet stocks was considered negligible as Britain had sent sufficient stock of shells and domestic manufacture of the round would be simple with the solid shot AP-T nature of the 2-pounder shot.

Matildas overall saw service in the Red Army until around early 1944.[1]

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the SM.79 series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] WW2 Chronicles vehicles: Matilda MK-2 F-96: A Soviet Lady

Obtainable events

  • The Matilda Mk.II F-96 was available in the 2017 World War Two: Chronicle Event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.
  • It was made available again during the 2018 WW2 Chronicles during the "Special Objectives" section of the event, where it could be assembled as a coupon with 12 Element piece and a scheme, with the latter obtainable after completing seven tasks in ground battles and a community milestone of 400,000 completed Special Objectives is obtained.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Silentstalker 2014, Matildas in Soviet Service
  2. Boldyrev 2011, Mk.II Matilda Heavy Infantry Tank
  3. 3.0 3.1 TankArchives 2017, End of Rearmament

Sources

  • Silentstalker. "Matildas in Soviet Service." For the Record. WordPress, 7 July 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. [1].
  • Boldyrev, Eugeni. "Mk.II Matilda Heavy Infantry Tank." English.battlefield.ru. N.p., 18 Sept. 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. [2]
  • TankArchives. "End of Rearmament." Tank Archives. Blogger, 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. [3].
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Icon-country-sov.png A12 Matilda IIA F-96
Nation USSR
Type Heavy tank
Rank 2
Battle Rating
3.7
3.3
3.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
28,500 kg
62,832 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
75/70/55/20 mm
2.95/2.75/2.16/0.79 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
245 hp
168 hp
168 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
302 hp
190 hp
190 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
8.60
8.73
5.89
5.99
5.89
5.99
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
10.60
10.77
6.67
6.77
6.67
6.77
Max speed
25.5 km/h
15.9 mph
24.0 km/h
14.9 mph
24.0 km/h
14.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 76 mm F-96 Cannon
Ammo stowage 54 rounds
Vertical guidance -2°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x DT Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,150 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 10,000 SL
Max repair cost*
3,000 SL
2,440 SL
2,350 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
8h 41m
10h
8h 29m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
2h 53m
3h 20m
2h 49m
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