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Tank Destroyers

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The Hetzer, an example of a German tank destroyer.

Tank destroyers (also known as TDs for short) are specialized armored fighting vehicles designed specifically for destroying heavily armored tanks. They are represented by a green or red inverted triangle on the mini-map and over their respective target marker.


Characteristics

Tank destroyers vary widely from vehicle to vehicle, but they do share a number of things in common. Tank destroyers are generally the most well armed direct-fire vehicles in the game, though they still fall short of indirect-fire artillery. Many tank destroyers lack a turret, and instead mount their guns in the vehicle's hull. Turning the gun beyond a certain point in these vehicles requires turning the vehicle's hull (which in turn results in accuracy and camouflage penalties). These sorts of tank destroyers often have difficulty maneuvering to attack enemies around corners or turning to face flankers. Tank destroyers that do get turrets often get ones with limited traverse ranges or slow traverse speeds and are still prone to being flanked or circled.

Role

How tank destroyers are played depends on the individual vehicle's strengths. Some tank destroyers, often nicknamed assault guns, are endowed with great amounts of frontal armor and can be played similar to brawling heavy tanks. Alternatively, there are many tank destroyers with little to no armor which are best played at a distance, using their camo values to stay concealed behind bush cover. From these positions, sniping tank destroyers can safely inflict damage with their high-power guns and ambush tanks who wander too far into the open. Many tank destroyers fall somewhere in-between these two extremes, with enough armor to withstand some direct fire but not enough to operate as a front-line brawler.

Variety and Examples

Though there may be many differences among tank destroyers, most of them are vulnerable to similar threats. Almost all tank destroyers are vulnerable to flanking maneuvers by fast enemy light and medium tanks. Even heavily armored assault guns are often poorly protected from the sides or rear and lack the fast-moving turrets needed to defend themselves from such angles. Fragile sniping tank destroyers not only suffer from these issues, but are also easy prey to anyone in range once their position is revealed. In addition, both the slow moving assault guns and the weak (and often open-topped) snipers are easy prey for artillery when caught out of position.

USSR

    II
    AT-1

    AT-1

    III
    SU-76M

    SU-76M

    III
    SU-76I

    SU-76I

    IV
    SU-85B

    SU-85B

    V
    SU-85

    SU-85

    V
    SU-85I

    SU-85I

    VI
    SU-100

    SU-100

    VI
    SU-100Y

    SU-100Y

    VII
    ISU-122S

    ISU-122S

    VII
    SU-152

    SU-152

    VII
    SU-100M1

    SU-100M1

    VII
    SU-122-44

    SU-122-44

    VIII
    ISU-152

    ISU-152

    VIII
    ISU-130

    ISU-130

    VIII
    SU-101

    SU-101

    IX
    Object 704

    Object 704

    IX
    SU-122-54

    SU-122-54

    X
    Object 263

    Object 263

    X
    Object 268

    Object 268

USA

    II
    T3 HMC

    T3 HMC

    III
    T56 GMC

    T56 GMC

    IV
    M8A1

    M8A1

    IV
    T40

    T40

    V
    M10 Wolverine

    M10 Wolverine

    V
    T67

    T67

    VI
    M18 Hellcat

    M18 Hellcat

    VI
    M36 Jackson

    M36 Jackson

    VII
    M56 Scorpion

    M56 Scorpion

    VII
    T28 Concept

    T28 Concept

    VII
    T25/2

    T25/2

    VII
    T25 AT

    T25 AT

    VIII
    T28

    T28

    VIII
    T28 Prototype

    T28 Prototype

    IX
    T30

    T30

    IX
    T95

    T95

    X
    T110E3

    T110E3

    X
    T110E4

    T110E4

China

    II
    T-26G FT

    T-26G FT

    III
    M3G FT

    M3G FT

    IV
    SU-76G FT

    SU-76G FT

    V
    60G FT

    60G FT

    VI
    WZ-131G FT

    WZ-131G FT

    VII
    T-34-2G FT

    T-34-2G FT

    VIII
    WZ-111-1G FT

    WZ-111-1G FT

    VIII
    WZ-120-1G FT

    WZ-120-1G FT

    IX
    WZ-111G FT

    WZ-111G FT

    X
    WZ-113G FT

    WZ-113G FT

UK

    II
    Universal Carrier 2-pdr

    Universal Carrier 2-pdr

    III
    Valentine AT

    Valentine AT

    IV
    Alecto

    Alecto

    V
    Archer

    Archer

    V
    AT 2

    AT 2

    VI
    Churchill Gun Carrier

    Churchill Gun Carrier

    VI
    Achilles

    Achilles

    VI
    AT 8

    AT 8

    VII
    Challenger

    Challenger

    VII
    AT 15A

    AT 15A

    VII
    AT 7

    AT 7

    VIII
    AT 15

    AT 15

    VIII
    Charioteer

    Charioteer

    IX
    Tortoise

    Tortoise

    IX
    FV4004 Conway

    FV4004 Conway

    X
    FV215b (183)

    FV215b (183)

    X
    FV4005 Stage II

    FV4005 Stage II

Germany

    II
    Panzerjäger I

    Panzerjäger I

    III
    Marder II

    Marder II

    IV
    StuG III Ausf. B

    StuG III Ausf. B

    IV
    Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

    Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

    IV
    Marder 38T

    Marder 38T

    V
    StuG IV

    StuG IV

    V
    Pz.Sfl. IVc

    Pz.Sfl. IVc

    V
    StuG III Ausf. G

    StuG III Ausf. G

    VI
    Dicker Max

    Dicker Max

    VI
    Jagdpanzer IV

    Jagdpanzer IV

    VI
    Nashorn

    Nashorn

    VII
    E 25

    E 25

    VII
    Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger

    Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger

    VII
    Jagdpanther

    Jagdpanther

    VII
    Sturer Emil

    Sturer Emil

    VIII
    Ferdinand

    Ferdinand

    VIII
    Kanonenjagdpanzer

    Kanonenjagdpanzer

    VIII
    Rheinmetall Skorpion G

    Rheinmetall Skorpion G

    VIII
    Jagdpanther II

    Jagdpanther II

    VIII
    8,8 cm Pak 43 Jagdtiger

    8,8 cm Pak 43 Jagdtiger

    VIII
    Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger

    Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger

    IX
    Jagdtiger

    Jagdtiger

    IX
    Waffenträger auf Pz. IV

    Waffenträger auf Pz. IV

    X
    Grille 15

    Grille 15

    X
    Jagdpanzer E 100

    Jagdpanzer E 100

    X
    Waffenträger auf E 100

    Waffenträger auf E 100

France

    II
    Renault FT AC

    Renault FT AC

    III
    FCM 36 Pak 40

    FCM 36 Pak 40

    III
    Renault UE 57

    Renault UE 57

    IV
    Somua SAu 40

    Somua SAu 40

    V
    S35 CA

    S35 CA

    VI
    ARL V39

    ARL V39

    VII
    AMX AC mle. 46

    AMX AC mle. 46

    VIII
    AMX AC mle. 48

    AMX AC mle. 48

    VIII
    AMX Canon d'assaut 105

    AMX Canon d'assaut 105

    IX
    AMX 50 Foch

    AMX 50 Foch

    X
    AMX 50 Foch (155)

    AMX 50 Foch (155)

    X
    AMX 50 Foch B

    AMX 50 Foch B

Sweden

    II
    Pvlvv fm/42

    Pvlvv fm/42

    III
    Ikv 72

    Ikv 72

    IV
    Sav m/43

    Sav m/43

    V
    Ikv 103

    Ikv 103

    VI
    Ikv 65 Alt II

    Ikv 65 Alt II

    VII
    Ikv 90 Typ B

    Ikv 90 Typ B

    VIII
    UDES 03

    UDES 03

    VIII
    Strv S1

    Strv S1

    IX
    Strv 103-0

    Strv 103-0

    X
    Strv 103B

    Strv 103B

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