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Matilda_II_LL (Stock)

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Totals
1500 Price
610 Hit Points
27.31 / 31 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
75/70/55Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
75/75/75Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
274 h.p.Engine Power
25 km/hSpeed Limit
35 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
110 Standard Shell Damage
86 mmStandard Shell Penetration
3.71428571428571 Time for Complete Loading
34 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
350 mView Range
570 mSignal Range
Matilda IV
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Matilda IV
1500
A British tank supplied to the U.S.S.R. under Lend-Lease. A total of 1,084 vehicles were sent to the Soviet Union, with some lost at sea during transport to Murmansk.

Though the Matilda IV is classified as a medium tank, when compared to similar-tiered vehicles it emerges about equal in terms of firepower and armor, but its low mobility lends this tank to be played more as a heavy tank, specifically a tiny stock KV-1.

Matilda IV

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret V Matilda IV 3500 75/75/75 34 350
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 76 mm ZiS-96 1155 86/102/38 110/110/156 16.15 0.41 1.71
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III AEC3 400 274 15
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis V Matilda II 7000 31 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IX WS No. 19R 0 570

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Lend-Lease Oil
Extra Combat Rations
Removed Speed Governor
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Superior rate of fire, aim time and accuracy to comparable guns on the Soviet KV-1 and T-34
  • Amazing gun depression/elevation, superior to even the American M4 Sherman
  • Very high survivability for a Tier 5 medium tank, thanks to a combination of thick armor, small size and high HP
  • Preferential matchmaking (Tier 6 maximum)
  • Crew layout matches those of Soviet medium tanks from tier 7 onward


Cons:


  • Limited top speed and power to weight ratio
  • Low penetration, even with APCR
  • Poor accuracy makes it difficult to aim for weakspots or snipe


Performance

The Matilda IV is more like a heavy tank than a medium tank in playstyle. Like any other slow tank, it requires careful analysis of the enemy team composition and map layout in order to be able to ensure that it arrives in time to make a difference in the battle.

The 76 mm ZiS-96 has a phenomenally good aim time by Soviet standards, and has the rate-of-fire to make up for any shots that may have bounced or missed. Its primary failing is the low penetration, especially by the standards of Tier 5. The gun is nearly the same thing as the 76 mm ZiS-5 (the KV-1's stock gun) or the 76 mm F-34 (the T-34's intermediate 76 mm gun), and even with APCR, it will have a very difficult time penetrating most heavy tanks. The accuracy is also fairly disappointing, making long range shots and targeting weakspots in heavily armored tanks somewhat tricky. The ammunition capacity is also somewhat limited, given the high rate-of-fire, so shots must be taken with care.

The Matilda IV boasts good armor for a medium tank, and this combined with its excellent gun depression (one of the best in the game) makes it very good at fighting on hilly terrain. Many lower tier tanks will have significant trouble penetrating it from most angles, but equal and higher tier tanks, especially heavy tanks and medium tanks armed with howitzers, will have very little trouble penetrating its armor It is also very important to avoid open areas and stay artillery-safe, because even though the Matilda IV does not take too much damage from lower tier artillery, they are still capable of wearing it down with repeated hits.

The role in which the Matilda IV excels is that of flank protection. It will have absolutely no problems destroying any light tank and most medium tanks that it faces, and it has the HP to take a few hits. This makes it ideal for protecting allied heavy tanks from lower tier tanks and medium tanks, allowing the heavy tanks to focus on tougher targets.


Early Research

As a premium tank, the Matilda IV does not have any modules to be researched.


Historical Info

The Soviets began receiving the Matilda infantry tank from the British via Lend-Lease in 1941, following the German invasion in June of that year. While they liked the thick armor, they were highly dissatisfied with the Matilda's low mobility, and especially its Ordnance QF 2-pounder gun, which not only had inadequate penetration but also lacked a useful high explosive round. In order to at least address the armament problem, the GAU (Glavnoye Artilleriskoye Upravleniye - Main Artillery Directorate) began a project in November 1941 to rearm the Matilda with the 76 mm ZiS-5 that also armed the indigenous KV-1 heavy tank. One Matilda Mk. III was thus modified in December 1941, essentially by removing the complete gun and gun mantlet assembly associated with the 2-pounder gun, and welding in place the gun and gun mantlet assembly of the KV-1. The modified Matilda underwent trials that same month, but development was cancelled in January 1942, primarily due to conflict between the GAU and the GABTU (Glavnoye AvtoBronetankovoye Upravleniye - Main Automobile and Tank Directorate), the body primarily responsible for Soviet tank development. The arrival of Matilda CS tanks under Lend-Lease that same year, which were armed 3-inch howitzers with adequate high explosive ammunition, and the increasing production of Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks also made the project superfluous.


Historical Gallery


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Medium Tanks IVT-28 VMatilda IV VT-34 VIA-43 VIT-34-85 VISpectre VIT-34-88 VIIA-44 VIIKV-13 VIIT-43 VIIT-44-122 VIIIObject 416 VIIIT-44 IXObject 430 Version II IXT-54 XObject 140 XObject 430 XT-62A
Heavy Tanks VChurchill III VKV-1S VKV-220 VKV-1 VIKV-2 VIKV-85 VIT-150 VIIIS VIIKV-3 VIIIIS-3 VIIIIS-6 VIIIKV-5 VIIIKV-4 IXIS-8 IXST-I XIS-4 XIS-7
Tank Destroyers IIAT-1 IIISU-76 IIISU-76I IVSU-85B VSU-85 VSU-85I VISU-100 VISU-100Y VIISU-152 VIISU-100M1 VIISU-122-44 VIIIISU-152 VIIISU-101 IXObject 704 IXSU-122-54 XObject 263 XObject 268
Self-Propelled Artillery IISU-18 IIISU-26 IVSU-5 VSU-122A VISU-8 VIIS-51 VIISU-14-1 VIIISU-14-2 IX212A XObject 261
Medium Tanks
USA IIT2 Medium Tank IIIM2 Medium Tank IVM3 Lee VM4A2E4 Sherman VM4A2E4 Ripper VM4 Sherman VM7 VRam II VIM4A3E8 Sherman VISherman Fury VIM4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo VIIT20 VIIT23E3 VIIIM26 Pershing VIIIT26E4 Super Pershing VIIIT26E4 Freedom VIIIT69 VIIIT95E2 IXM46 Patton IXT54E1 XM48A1 Patton
UK IVickers Medium Mk. I IIVickers Medium Mk. II IIIVickers Medium Mk. III IVMatilda VMatilda Black Prince VICromwell VICromwell Knight VIIComet VIIICenturion Mk. I IXCenturion Mk. 7/1 XFV4202
Germany IIIPz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A IIIPz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f) IVPz.Kpfw. III IVPz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D IVVK 20.01 (D) VPz.Kpfw. III/IV VPz.Kpfw. IV VPz.Kpfw. IV Hydrostat VPz.Kpfw. V/IV VPz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H VT-25 VIPz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm VIVK 30.01 (P) VIVK 30.01 (D) VIVK 30.02 (M) VIIPanther/M10 VIIPz.Kpfw. V Panther VIIVK 30.02 (D) VIIIPanther mit 8,8 cm L/71 VIIIIndien-Panzer VIIIPanther II IXE-50 IXLeopard prototyp A XE-50 Ausf. M XLeopard 1
France IIID2 IXLorraine 40 t XBat.-Châtillon 25 t
USSR IVT-28 VMatilda IV VT-34 VIA-43 VIT-34-85 VISpectre VIT-34-88 VIIA-44 VIIKV-13 VIIT-43 VIIT-44-122 VIIIObject 416 VIIIT-44 IXObject 430 Version II IXT-54 XObject 140 XObject 430 XT-62A
China VType T-34 VIType 58 VIIT-34-1 VIIIT-34-2 VIIIT-34-3 IXWZ-120 X121
Japan IIChi-Ni IIIType 97 Chi-Ha IVType 1 Chi-He VType 3 Chi-Nu VType 3 Chi-Nu Kai VIType 4 Chi-To VIIType 5 Chi-Ri VIIISTA-1 IXType 61 XSTB-1
Czechoslovakia
Sweden
Premium tanks
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UK IIISexton I VExcelsior VMatilda Black Prince VICromwell Knight VITOG II* VIIAT 15A
Germany IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f) IIIT-15 IVPz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f) VPz.Kpfw. IV Hydrostat VPz.Kpfw. V/IV VT-25 VIDicker Max VIPz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm VIIE-25 VIIPanther/M10 VIIIPanther mit 8,8 cm L/71 VIII8,8 cm PaK 43 Jagdtiger VIIILöwe
France IIIFCM 36 PaK 40 V105 leFH18B2 VIF224 AMX Chaffee VIIIFCM 50 t VIIIFCM 50 t Liberté
USSR IITetrarch IIIBT-SV IIIM3 Light IIISU-76I IIIT-127 IVValentine II VChurchill III VKV-220 VMatilda IV VSU-85I VISU-100Y VIT-34-88 VIISU-122-44 VIIT-44-122 VIIIIS-6 VIIIKV-5
China VIType 64 VIIIT-34-3 VIII112
Japan VType 3 Chi-Nu Kai
Czechoslovakia
Sweden