Tactics: Sidescraping and Reverse Angling
An alternative to moving the front of your tank slightly around a corner, firing, and then backing up again ("Peek-a-boom") is to maneuver your tank into what's commonly referred to as the Sidescrape Position. In this position you expose the side of your tank rather than the front, at an angle that presents a very high chance of a ricochet. You also do not move in and out of cover. On German tanks especially, this avoids exposing the front of the tank and potentially taking engine hits. Under many circumstances, this position offers more protection. Just be aware of the enemy(ies) you're facing and the potential downsides.
The reverse angling technique is a variant in which the tank is sidescraping with its rear oriented towards the opponent. It is normally used on tanks with forward-mounted turrets in order to create better angling for sidescrapes. A good example of tanks suited for reverse angling is the T29, T32, T34 and TOG II* heavy tanks.
The main downsides are:
- It can only be used when alone, or if your enemies are all firing from the same direction
- You can't move completely behind cover between shots, unless you position well behind the obstacle. Driving forward between shots will bring you back under cover while you reload. As the reload cycle approaches completion then reverse back to position, shoot, and again pull forward to repeat the cycle
- The entire side of your tank is exposed to artillery splash damage
- The angle doesn't help much against HE rounds
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