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Armored fighting vehicles produced and fielded by Great Britain and the British Commonwealth, focused primarily on Britannic development. British tanks normally will be found with one or two great strengths and one or two great weaknesses at the same time.


The tank doctrine of the United Kingdom during World War 2 dictated that tanks be used as either infantry tanks or cruiser (cavalry) tanks. Infantry tanks were designed to move up with infantry and as a result they were characterized by their slow speed and heavy armour. Cruiser tanks were designed to act like cavalry and exploit openings in the enemy defense and as a result they were characterized by their high speed and light armour. In World of Tanks, these classifications have been applied to the standard light, medium, and heavy tank model of other nations for simplicity. Nonetheless, the British tank doctrine still applies and results in oddities like heavily armored light tanks (e.g. the Valentine) and very lightly armored and fast medium tanks (e.g. the Cromwell).

Later British tanks focused on the doctrine of a universal tank. Sporting good armor, good mobility, and very high accuracy; universal tanks were designed to replace the heavy and medium tank doctrine with a tank that could do everything. The first successful British universal tank design was the heavy cruiser Centurion (Mk. 2). Its success set the precedent for later British tank designs as well as the concept of the modern main battle tank. They are the only other country to match the Germans in terms of accuracy and hit point pools. As a result of the 'universal tank' development the British medium and heavy tanks share a lot of modules at higher tiers.


0.9.18 British Tank Tree

British light tanks were built as combat tanks in their time, so they don't have dedicated scouting tanks (with the exception of a few US imports). At low tiers, the light tanks have somewhat higher top speeds than the mediums, but their maneuverability is almost indistinguishable. The main thing here is since they are light tanks, the game allows them to move without losing half of their camouflage value.

British medium tanks start out as the ponderous infantry tanks at low tiers. They have terrible armor but good guns. Starting at T5 the British get medium cruiser tanks which are fast with quick firing but low damage guns, then at T8 they finally evolve into powerful universal tanks, with good mobility, speed, and accuracy.

British heavy tanks start off as mid-tier infantry tanks, and as such are slow and ponderous, reasonable guns for their tier with an emphasis on fire rate over alpha damage. They eventually become incredibly accurate support tanks, better at moving to positions and giving covering fire than engaging head to head. They also get good on the move accuracy and low aim times. Their armour is generally on the weak side. The guns on most British heavies have more in the way of sustained DPM than alpha damage and have good penetration for their tier with the exception of the Black Prince and the Churchill VII. Training the crews for British heavy tanks is currently problematic. With the TOG II removed from the gift shop and the A45 rarely -if ever!- appearing for sale the only premium heavy tank is the low-tier Excelsior.

British Tank Destroyers, up to tier 4, are mostly conversions of other tanks into Tank Destroyers, which are fast and lightly armored. However, their game-play reverses from tier 5 to tier 9, becoming extremely thick skinned, but somewhat unwieldy and sluggish assault guns with low damage but very fast firing guns and health pools which rival medium or even heavy tanks of the same tier. Between these tiers their guns get increasingly capable while their armor becomes increasingly mediocre, but they all have the same large, weak commander's hatch. Despite their armour artillery is still capable of dealing a lot of damage with a direct hit. The tree ends with the slow but highly-armored and extremely powerful FV215b (183), which is essentially a direct fire artillery with an incredibly powerful premium round. There is also a second line of tank destroyers, which starts from the Valentine. The first tank, the Archer, is quite different from any other tier V tank destroyer: the gun is facing the rear side of the tank, so this vehicle is faster moving backwards than forwards. In general,these tank destroyers trade the armor of the first line for their great mobility and turrets.

British Self Propelled Guns feature wide horizontal gun arcs but a short firing range. Most of the SPGs are lightly armored and have low alpha damage, but have good rate of fire. They vary in qualities in the tiers, such as the Birch Gun having a turret and the Crusader 5.5-in SP having its gun facing the rear, resulting in an unusually high "reverse" speed. At tier 8 and above, they have very big superstructures with serious guns and armor. The tree ends with the Conqueror Gun Carriage with damage nearly as high as that of the T92 but it is also the least accurate gun in game.

Light Tanks

    II
    Cruiser Mk. I

    Cruiser Mk. I

    II
    M2

    M2

    II
    Cruiser Mk. III

    Cruiser Mk. III

    II
    Light Mk. VIC

    Light Mk. VIC

    III
    Stuart I-IV

    Stuart I-IV

    III
    Cruiser Mk. IV

    Cruiser Mk. IV

    III
    Cruiser Mk. II

    Cruiser Mk. II

    IV
    Valentine

    Valentine

    IV
    Covenanter

    Covenanter

Medium Tanks

    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

Heavy Tanks

    V
    Churchill I

    Churchill I

    V
    Excelsior

    Excelsior

    VI
    Churchill VII

    Churchill VII

    VI
    TOG II*

    TOG II*

    VII
    Black Prince

    Black Prince

    VII
    FV201 (A45)

    FV201 (A45)

    VIII
    Caernarvon

    Caernarvon

    IX
    Conqueror

    Conqueror

    X
    FV215b

    FV215b

Tank Destroyers

    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

Self-Propelled Guns

    II
    Loyd Gun Carriage

    Loyd Gun Carriage

    III
    Sexton II

    Sexton II

    III
    Sexton I

    Sexton I

    IV
    Birch Gun

    Birch Gun

    V
    Bishop

    Bishop

    VI
    FV304

    FV304

    VII
    Crusader 5.5-in. SP

    Crusader 5.5-in. SP

    VIII
    FV207

    FV207

    IX
    FV3805

    FV3805

    X
    Conqueror Gun Carriage

    Conqueror Gun Carriage

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