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The T-34-85, an example of a Soviet medium tank.

Medium tanks are multi-purpose tanks with balanced characteristics that can assume many different roles in game. They are represented by a two-piece green or red diamond on the mini-map and over their respective target marker.


Characteristics

How a medium tank performs varies greatly from tank to tank, but in terms of size, firepower, maneuverability, and protection medium tanks generally fall between the larger, burlier heavy tanks and the smaller, nimbler light tanks. Medium tanks take many characteristics from both, albeit to lesser extremes. They tend to be fairly maneuverable which allows them to take position and quickly relocate in ways heavy tanks and slow tank destroyers can't. Medium tank guns are usually more potent than those on light tanks but usually come up short of heavy tank guns. Despite this, most medium tanks have the firepower necessary to reliably do damage to enemy heavy tanks of their tier. Medium tanks also have moderate amounts of armor - enough to protect them from weaker guns and poorly aimed shots, but not enough to allow them to engage most tanks in drawn out, head-to-head brawls. Many high-tier medium tanks represent some of the first main battle tanks, and usually have similar, well-rounded attributes.

Role

Since medium tanks are multi-role vehicles, exactly how they're played depends on the situation. In most cases, medium tanks are most effective supporting friendly heavy tanks or other higher tier mediums. When using their speed to engage in flanking maneuvers, medium tanks can put effective fire into larger enemy vehicles without putting themselves at risk. A well coordinated pair or group of medium tanks working in tandem can easily take down much larger enemies while taking little to no damage themselves. Medium tanks can also take on the roles of other more specialized vehicles that are either critically damaged or already destroyed. Depending on the characteristics of the specific tank being used, a medium tank can use its limited armor and remaining hitpoints to brawl for a short amount of time, its speed to scout enemy vehicles, or its firepower to give supporting fire.

Variety and Examples

While most medium tanks share the same well-rounded, multi-use performance, some are more specialized than others. Tanks such as the Matilda and Sherman Jumbo are medium tanks only by definition, and effectively play like heavy tanks at their tiers. Others, such as the Panther and Leopard are superb in the sniping role, but are poorly protected from enemy fire themselves. In addition, some tanks such as the M7 and A-43 sacrifice armor and firepower for great speed and gun handling, and therefore behave more like large light tanks.

USSR

    IV
    A-32

    A-32

    IV
    T-28E with F-30

    T-28E with F-30

    IV
    T-28

    T-28

    V
    Matilda IV

    Matilda IV

    V
    T-34

    T-34

    VI
    A-43

    A-43

    VI
    T-34-85M

    T-34-85M

    VI
    T-34-85 Rudy

    T-34-85 Rudy

    VI
    T-34-85

    T-34-85

    VII
    A-44

    A-44

    VII
    KV-13

    KV-13

    VII
    T-43

    T-43

    VII
    T-44-122

    T-44-122

    VIII
    Object 416

    Object 416

    VIII
    T-54 first prototype

    T-54 first prototype

    VIII
    T-44-100 (R)

    T-44-100 (R)

    VIII
    STG

    STG

    VIII
    STG Guard

    STG Guard

    VIII
    T-44

    T-44

    IX
    Object 430 Version II

    Object 430 Version II

    IX
    T-54

    T-54

    X
    Object 140

    Object 140

    X
    Object 430

    Object 430

    X
    Object 907

    Object 907

    X
    T-22 medium

    T-22 medium

    X
    T-62A

    T-62A

USA

    II
    T2 Medium Tank

    T2 Medium Tank

    III
    M2 Medium Tank

    M2 Medium Tank

    IV
    M3 Lee

    M3 Lee

    V
    M4 Improved

    M4 Improved

    V
    M4A2E4 Sherman

    M4A2E4 Sherman

    V
    M4 Sherman

    M4 Sherman

    V
    Ram II

    Ram II

    VI
    M4A3E8 Fury

    M4A3E8 Fury

    VI
    M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII

    M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII

    VI
    M4A3E8 Sherman

    M4A3E8 Sherman

    VI
    M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo

    M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo

    VII
    T20

    T20

    VII
    T23E3

    T23E3

    VIII
    T25 Pilot Number 1

    T25 Pilot Number 1

    VIII
    M46 Patton KR

    M46 Patton KR

    VIII
    M26 Pershing

    M26 Pershing

    VIII
    T26E4 SuperPershing

    T26E4 SuperPershing

    VIII
    T69

    T69

    VIII
    T95E2

    T95E2

    IX
    M46 Patton

    M46 Patton

    IX
    T54E1

    T54E1

    X
    M48A5 Patton

    M48A5 Patton

    X
    M60

    M60

    X
    T95E6

    T95E6

China

    V
    Type T-34

    Type T-34

    VI
    Type 58

    Type 58

    VII
    T-34-1

    T-34-1

    VIII
    Type 59

    Type 59

    VIII
    T-34-2

    T-34-2

    VIII
    T-34-3

    T-34-3

    VIII
    59-Patton

    59-Patton

    IX
    WZ-120

    WZ-120

    X
    121

    121

    X
    121B

    121B

UK

    I
    Vickers Medium Mk. I

    Vickers Medium Mk. I

    II
    Vickers Medium Mk. II

    Vickers Medium Mk. II

    III
    Vickers Medium Mk. III

    Vickers Medium Mk. III

    IV
    Matilda

    Matilda

    IV
    Grant

    Grant

    IV
    AC 1 Sentinel

    AC 1 Sentinel

    V
    Crusader

    Crusader

    V
    Sherman III

    Sherman III

    V
    Matilda Black Prince

    Matilda Black Prince

    VI
    Sherman Firefly

    Sherman Firefly

    VI
    Cromwell

    Cromwell

    VI
    AC 4 Experimental

    AC 4 Experimental

    VI
    Cromwell B

    Cromwell B

    VII
    Comet

    Comet

    VIII
    Centurion Mk. I

    Centurion Mk. I

    VIII
    FV4202

    FV4202

    VIII
    Chieftain/T95

    Chieftain/T95

    IX
    Centurion Mk. 7/1

    Centurion Mk. 7/1

    X
    Centurion Action X

    Centurion Action X

Germany

    III
    Großtraktor - Krupp

    Großtraktor - Krupp

    III
    Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A

    Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A

    III
    Pz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f)

    Pz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f)

    IV
    Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J

    Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J

    IV
    Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D

    Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D

    IV
    VK 20.01 (D)

    VK 20.01 (D)

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. K

    Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. K

    V
    Turán III prototípus

    Turán III prototípus

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. III/IV

    Pz.Kpfw. III/IV

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat.

    Pz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat.

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. V/IV

    Pz.Kpfw. V/IV

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. V/IV Alpha

    Pz.Kpfw. V/IV Alpha

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H

    Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H

    V
    Pz.Kpfw. T 25

    Pz.Kpfw. T 25

    VI
    Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm

    Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm

    VI
    VK 30.01 (P)

    VK 30.01 (P)

    VI
    VK 30.01 (D)

    VK 30.01 (D)

    VI
    VK 30.02 (M)

    VK 30.02 (M)

    VII
    Panther/M10

    Panther/M10

    VII
    Panther

    Panther

    VII
    VK 30.02 (D)

    VK 30.02 (D)

    VIII
    Panther mit 8,8 cm L/71

    Panther mit 8,8 cm L/71

    VIII
    Panzer 58 Mutz

    Panzer 58 Mutz

    VIII
    Indien-Panzer

    Indien-Panzer

    VIII
    Panther II

    Panther II

    IX
    E 50

    E 50

    IX
    T 55A

    T 55A

    IX
    Leopard Prototyp A

    Leopard Prototyp A

    X
    E 50 Ausf. M

    E 50 Ausf. M

    X
    Leopard 1

    Leopard 1

France

    III
    D2

    D2

    III
    Somua S35

    Somua S35

    IV
    SARL 42

    SARL 42

    V
    Renault G1

    Renault G1

    VIII
    Lorraine 40 t

    Lorraine 40 t

    VIII
    AMX Chasseur de chars

    AMX Chasseur de chars

    VIII
    M4A1 Revalorisé

    M4A1 Revalorisé

    IX
    AMX 30 1er prototype

    AMX 30 1er prototype

    IX
    Bat.-Châtillon 25 t AP

    Bat.-Châtillon 25 t AP

    X
    Bat.-Châtillon 25 t

    Bat.-Châtillon 25 t

    X
    AMX 30 B

    AMX 30 B

Japan

    II
    Chi-Ni

    Chi-Ni

    II
    Type 89 I-Go/Chi-Ro

    Type 89 I-Go/Chi-Ro

    III
    Type 97 Chi-Ha

    Type 97 Chi-Ha

    IV
    Type 1 Chi-He

    Type 1 Chi-He

    V
    Type 3 Chi-Nu

    Type 3 Chi-Nu

    V
    Type 3 Chi-Nu Kai

    Type 3 Chi-Nu Kai

    VI
    Type 4 Chi-To

    Type 4 Chi-To

    VII
    Type 5 Chi-Ri

    Type 5 Chi-Ri

    VIII
    STA-1

    STA-1

    VIII
    STA-2

    STA-2

    IX
    Type 61

    Type 61

    X
    STB-1

    STB-1

Czechoslovakia

    IV
    ST vz. 39

    ST vz. 39

    V
    Škoda T 24

    Škoda T 24

    VI
    Škoda T 40

    Škoda T 40

    VI
    Škoda T 25

    Škoda T 25

    VII
    Konštrukta T-34/100

    Konštrukta T-34/100

    VIII
    TVP VTU Koncept

    TVP VTU Koncept

    IX
    Škoda T 50

    Škoda T 50

    X
    TVP T 50/51

    TVP T 50/51

Sweden

    IV
    Lago

    Lago

    V
    Strv m/42

    Strv m/42

    VI
    Strv m/42-57 Alt A.2

    Strv m/42-57 Alt A.2

    VI
    Strv 74

    Strv 74

    VII
    Leo

    Leo

    VIII
    Primo Victoria

    Primo Victoria

Poland

    VI
    Pudel

    Pudel

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