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Tank Destroyers (also known as Anti-Tank) are vehicles designed specifically to destroy enemy tanks. They have more powerful weapons than most other vehicles of their class and are able to penetrate most targets they encounter.

Almost every tank destroyer (notable exceptions are some US tank destroyers) lacks a turret and must reposition itself entirely to aim at a target. However, this design usually gives a tank destroyer more effective use of concealment due to a lower profile. The heaviest tank destroyer can weigh up to about 77 tons. The fastest tank destroyer can reach speeds of up to 55 km/hour. Armor on a tank destroyer be as thick as 250 mm, and only artillery possess more powerful weapons.

Tank destroyers are excellent ambush vehicles. Their increased concealment abilities allow them gain the upper hand in battle by using the element of surprise to acquire a first strike advantage. However, the lack of a turret and the general lack of defensive ability means that an enemy can quickly gain an upper hand by using flanking maneuvers, leaving the Tank Destroyer helpless to defend themselves. Thus, the Tank Destroyer is generally not an effective close quarters combat solution.

If it cannot find a position for an effective ambush, a tank destroyer can provide excellent fire support by hanging behind the front lines and engaging targets of opportunity. Alternatively, tank destroyers provide effective area denial in enclosed areas, such as city streets, especially in the case of larger tank destroyers with strong frontal armor.

Artillery present a significant problem for tank destroyers, as they are softer targets that can do significant damage and are, therefore, priority targets. In addition, they are easier for artillery to hit due to lack of mobility and absolutely must rely on existing cover or relocate if spotted.

On visual or minimap, Tank Destroyers appear as red or green 'V' triangles.