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The Heavy Tank T29 is a gift rank IV American heavy tank with a battle rating of 7.0 (AB/RB) and 6.7 (SB). The T29 was introduced in the Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows" as a gift vehicle and was available on the Gaijin store for pre-order before the update. The T29 is a formidable heavy tank that introduces the 105 mm T5 cannon in a rotating turret rather than in the fixed case-mate setting on the T95, with a tougher-than-average gun mantlet, and a sloped, but slightly thin hull.

The T29 is perhaps one of the most formidable heavy tanks at Rank IV, right up there with the IS-2 and Tiger IIs. With the 105 mm cannon, the T29 can engage most enemies it faces on the battlefield from the front, often destroying an enemy tank with a single shot with the extremely powerful T13 APCBC rounds, and with armour thick enough to block most incoming rounds. The T29 can act as the "damage sponge" of the team by directing most of the enemy fire towards it. It can also act as a sniping tank by setting it in the back or sides and fire at any unsuspecting enemy tank. A simple APCBC round can destroy even the strongest tank if it penetrates the side armour. Another useful advantage is that the tank is well rounded, but is directed to being a heavy tank in arcade battles, making it especially powerful. It has average mobility for the heavy tank class but has a lower top speed than it's main rivals, the IS-2 mod. 1944 and the Tiger IIs, better than only that the Caernarvon. However, it possesses above average acceleration, making it more suited for dense environments. It's gun also possesses a high muzzle velocity, making sniping a viable option.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull sides, Hull rear)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 102 mm (52-56°) Front Glacis
70.25 mm (26-59°) Bottom Glacis
102 mm (6-81°) Machine gun port
76.2 mm Front
51 mm Rear
51 mm (9°) Upper
19 mm (11-66°) Lower
38.1 mm
Turret 158.7 mm (18-31°) Turret front
203 mm (0-9°) Gun mantlet
305 mm (1-57°) Gun mantlet border
158.7 mm (3-42°) 102 mm (1-20°) Rear
50 mm (63-84°) Bottom of turret overhang
38.1 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 152.4 mm 38.1 mm


  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.
  • Front belly armour is 25.4 mm thick while the rear is 13 mm.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 38 15 64.2 994 1469 15.48 22.88
Realistic 36 14 681 770 10.61 11.99


Main armament

Main article: T5E2 (105 mm)
105 mm T5E2
Capacity Vertical
63 -10°/+15° ±180°
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 10.71 14.80 18.00 19.90 21.20
Realistic 10.71 12.60 15.30 16.90 18.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
16.25 14.38 13.25 12.50
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
T32 APCBC 258 248 218 190 178 155
T13 APCBC 219 217 207 193 181 171
T29E3 APCR 315 310 285 251 223 196
T30E1 HE 20 20 20 20 20 20
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
T32 975 18 N/A N/A N/A +4° 48° 63° 71°
T13 899 19 1.2 20 177.38 +4° 48° 63° 71°
T29E3 1128 11 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
T30E1 945 15 0.1 0.5 1,550 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
63 Projectiles
62 (+1)
62 (+1)
56 (+7)
56 (+7)
48 (+15)
48 (+15)
41 (+22)
41 (+22)
34 (+29)
34 (+29)
27 (+36)
27 (+36)
17 (+46)
17 (+46)

Machine guns

Main article: M2HB (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm M2HB
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,000 (200) 576 -10°/+50° ±120°
Coaxial mount #1
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,200 (200) 576 N/A N/A
Coaxial mount #2
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,200 (200) 576 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

  • Offensive: When playing offensively with the T29, there are two ways to do it. The more common and safer strategy in an offensive role is for the T29 to team up with another tank, preferably a heavy or medium tank. Move up to the enemy while covering each other, leapfrog each time so one tank snipes an enemy while the other moves to a cover position with an advantageous firing position, then keep advancing at a safe pace. The other is to get right up in their face, only giving them shots at the T29's tough frontal armour. As aggressive this strategy is, it leaves the T29 open to attacks from the side and rear. This is a last-ditch strategy generally. In either offence strategy, the biggest risk is getting too far ahead from the rest of the friendly team, leaving the T29 vulnerable and without any supporting fire.
  • Defensive: Hull down, the T29 truly shines. Frontally, its turret is tough and the cheeks are sloped enough to bounce most shots. The only real target available would be the small cupola on the turret roof and the turret ring if it is not covered. While the gun barrel is vulnerable to being broken, a moderate crew can repair it in seconds. Although the gun depression isn't as great as other American tanks, it still provides an advantage in hilly terrain. When in the right spot, the player can devastate the enemy team with almost no risk to themselves by exposing only the gun barrel and the top of the mantlet. Do note that there are certain spots and ports in the mantlet that can be penetrated even by a Wirbelwind using Pz GR 40. Players experienced with American heavies can find a good spot that will provide them with ample cover while they support the team. Wiggling the turret while reloading can make the enemy bounce, same tactics as seen with the IS-2. Be wary that some shots to the lower gun mantlet have the potential of bouncing the shot down into the thin hull roof.

Some specific enemies to worry about:

  • Tiger II (P) and (H): These are going to be the most common and equal enemy in the T29. While most of the T29's front armour can take on the 88 mm APCBC round, APCR can penetrate the front mantlet of the turret. It can also aim for the lower glacis on the hull, which will knock-out the driver and can repeatedly do this until the entire crew gets knocked out. To fight the Tiger II's, aim at the "cheeks" of the turret with any ammo, preferably the right as that is where the gunner sits. Using the T32 APBC ammo, there is a chance that it can penetrate the Tiger II's front glacis at close range (less than 100 meters) and the lower glacis from even further, making the T32 round probably the most preferable round to use against the Tiger II's front. If the T29 can get the Tiger's side though, a simple T13 APCBC round can turn a Tiger II into a fiery ball of fire.
  • Tiger II 10.5 cm: Though the same rule applies to the 88 mm Tiger II, take extreme caution as the 10.5 cm cannon can devastate the T29's interior if it penetrates, and it can from the front.
  • Jagdpanther: Equipped with the same 88 as on the Tiger II, this TD can do some damage if it can get a good shot off the T29. However, the T29's 105 mm cannon can easily penetrate through its front glacis, just don't shoot too close to the gun or the gun mantlet may bounce it.
  • Ferdinand: The greater armour on this tank destroyer makes it harder to fight in a long-range engagement. However, if the T29 can get closer, the flat armour space on the top superstructure and the hull front can prove more vulnerable. Of course, getting to the side of this tank destroyer is a guaranteed point if an APCBC round can be landed into it.
  • SU/ISU-152: While easily destroyed by one shot of the 105 mm cannon, the 152 mm howitzer still can do unspeakable damage if it hits the T29's vulnerable turret and hull roof.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive T13
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire T29E3
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine
  • As a gift vehicle, the T29's modifications are automatically unlocked upon purchase of the vehicle.

Pros and cons


  • Extremely good 105 mm gun, arguably the best gun at Rank 4
  • T13 round has alot of penetration behind it, and alot of TNT packed into the shell that can easily one-shot opponents
  • An Ace crew will reload the gun every 12.5 seconds - very fast for the firepower
  • APCR shells can go through the Jagdtiger's superstructure.
  • Great overall armour layout - the front and sides of the hull and turret are very well armoured
  • 10 degrees of gun depression makes the vehicle great at hull down fighting
  • Reasonable top speed and maneuverability.
  • Can carry a substantial amount of ammo for the calibre
  • Armed with three .50 caliber machine guns, allowing the vehicle to shred through lightly armoured vehicles, vehicle modules like tracks, and low-flying aircraft
  • One of the best pound-for-pound tanks in the game


  • Enemy will highlight the T29 as a priority target, attracting lots of enemy attention
  • Gun mantlet is not impenetrable, with the common opponent (Tiger II) able to punch through it at ranges excess of 500 metres
  • Massive tank that is easily visible even from the air and is hard to hide from being spotted
  • The side and rear of the hull is lightly armoured to the point of non-existence against its opponent's firepower
  • Only one .50 caliber machine gun can effectively engage aircraft flying higher than coaxial level



Projects for a dedicated heavy tank for the U.S. Armed Forces began in March 1944 as a response to the German heavy tanks that have been popping up in Europe. While the T26E3 tank, later known as the M26 Pershing was slated to be the next-generation American tank, it was still considered unsuitable against the even heavier Tiger II. A project to increase the armour and firepower commenced countering this problem, the project titled Heavy Tank T29. Using design elements from the T26E3 with thicker armour and lengthened hull, the T29 also was equipped with the 105 mm Gun T5, a gun in development alongside the heavy assault tank T95. Other features included a 770 hp Ford GAC engine, armour thickness up to 279 mm effective, and a coincidence range-finder. The heavy armour and armament made the tank weigh about 64 tons, making it a close match to the Tiger II.

Though the T29 was monstrous itself, side projects involving the T29 crafted the T30 Heavy Tank. Itself similar to the T29 in terms of armour, but featured a monstrous 155 mm Gun T7 with a more powerful engine and an extra crew member to facilitate loading the gun.

Effect in World War II

Throughout World War II, the T29 and the T30 stayed in development under the priority "limited procurement". Eventually, the war in Europe ended in May 1945, but the small ordered stayed in hope it may be useful in the Japan invasion in Operation Downfall. That hope was smashed as well when Japan surrendered in September 1945, ending World War II. Even if an operation commenced that used these vehicles, the Army Ground Forces objected to the use of such heavy equipment due to the lack of adequate transporters. Further production was cancelled in the post-war demilitarization.

Post World War Effect

The heavy tank concept didn't end with the war and a final attempt was made to remake the T29 into a more modern, lethal weapon system. This produced the T34 Heavy Tank, which mounted a 120 mm gun based on the M1 anti-aircraft gun. The calibre made an adequate balance of firepower and loading ease between the 105 mm and the 155 mm used in the T29 and T30. In fact, the two T34 pilot models made were a converted T29 and T30. However, the demilitarization took down the T34 program as well, but the experience in this project help engineers in the development of the M103 Heavy Tank.

Today, there are a few T29s still in display across the United States, most of them residing in storage at Fort Benning, Georgia where they will be used as a display in the future National Armor and Cavalry Museum.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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External links

[Devblog] T29: The Experimental Monster + video added

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Post-war  T29 · T30 · T32 · T32E1 · T34 · M103

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