Hills are my armor – The T29 heavy tank

The test server patch is downloading right now. If you are lucky and persistent enough, you can squeeze yourself among thousands of curious Russians and try out the new toys. We have another ordinary article before we start to work on the test server again. Our pick is the T29, because we can demonstrate hull-down tactics and terrain usage with it. Coming up, the T29 in World of Tanks.

Object 263 front armor is in the gallery

Battleship turret is missing, did anyone see it?

The T29 in World of Tanks is the first real American heavy tank. We always looked at the Tier VII heavy with respect. It’s pretty big tank, the hull is long and wide, the turret looks especially impressive. It’s like you are driving an armored cruiser on land. Now, the eight ever built T29/34s were research vehicles, not actual combat prototypes. The whole purpose of the development was the tryout of future heavy tank components like engines and transmission, suspension, guns, etc. The first tank did not appear before 1947. In fact, the T32 had been finished first, a year earlier. The T29/34 never saw service in real life, but the work on them lead to the M103 Cold War  heavy tank in the 50s.

The T29 is in an interesting position in World of Tanks, because it was placed in the same Tier as the German Tiger tank which had been appeared in 1942, the Russian IS heavy tank which fought in 1944-45 and so on. The US heavy tank development was much less abundant of vehicles during the Second World War. The American  had comparable protection and firepower to the German King Tiger in real life. The T29 in World of Tanks stayed in the term of capacities a bit above the same Tier counterparts until the Tiger P appeared, and I still count it as a Tier 7.5. My best ever fight was in a T29, long before the age of replays. I ended up with 11 kills, 2k non-premium experience and a my very first Kolobanov medal. A T29 can do that.

But to be good in the T29 you have to learn to live with the terrain. In other words, how to leapfrog between hull-down positions?

Hull-down and 8.0 armor guide


17 responses to “Hills are my armor – The T29 heavy tank

  1. and about the is-3, looks like the LFP is 100mm in the game.



  2. Btw, can anyone do me a favor ?

    I need to take a look at those vehicles :

    Pz IV Schmalturm*

    Including both models and xml would be very nice.

    Because of my crap Internet, it tooks ~3 day to download 8.0 test.

  3. An off-topic question if you wouldn’t mind:

    Could you share, if you have, pike armor angle and thickness data for IS-3, 8, 7?
    Preferably for all four plates including lower hull and driver’s hatch plate

    Oh, and “shoulder armor” angle data for IS-4 too if possible.

    I’m trying to do math myself for some hypotheticals/battlefield situation that I often encounter…

    Thanks in advance!

    • This is I know with angles

      IS-3 UFP 110/56 from vertical and 43 lateral, 100/61 LFP from vertical, driver’s plate 110/72 (autobounce)

      IS-8 UFP 120/55 from vertical and 40 deg lateral, driver’s hatch 60/78 from vertical (autobounce)

      LFP probably 120/40

      IS-4 shoulders are 160 mm but I don’t know about angle.

      • Much obliged!

        So the designers actually reduced armor angles for IS-3’s successor model and tried to compensate it with 10mm thicker plate, interesting, structural problems perhaps?

        Too bad angle info is not available for Soviet tier 10s, that 4 shoulder and 7 glacis surely bounce a lot for being just 160mm and 150mm thick plates!

  4. The commanders hatch and turret roof are considerably harder to hit when the T29 is depressing due to the terrain features. Your best bet is to shoot HE into the base of the turret, as it will likely damage the gun and do significant damage due to the thin roof armor at the very top of the UFP. The T29s gun and gunner are very vulnerable to HE hits on the turret.

    You can also use the turret base as a shot trap working both ways, either up into the turret ring or down into the Hatches.

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