Devastator – The T110E4 on testserver

I’ve never seen such power and potential in this game before. I think, many of us already know, what to expect from the new Tier10 medium tanks and tank destroyers.  Instead of a lengthy praise, I would share my reflections about the latest  test events and the related past. The arrival of the T110E4 and other tank destroyers will set a milestone, and this new TD (among others) will reshape the arsenals of the World of Tanks Clans.

The turreted tank destroyer theory

What makes one new member of the T110 family so extraordinary or special? Well, it’s not classified as a tank but it has the potential to act as an “Ersatz” heavy tank. TDs have a well-defined modus operandi; they ambush, they secure flanks, they escort and support an armored assault from the second line. If circumstances allow it, TDs can lead assaults through “corridor routes”, where they can meet and deal with the enemy without being threatened by flanking.

Military history taught as a lesson. The  turreted tank destroyer was America’s creation. They were envisioned as an “anti-Blitzkrieg” tool, an armored task force that matches the mobility and the firepower of the German onslaught. The  antitank guns on tracks had to cross the way of the Panzer Divisions and defeat them with superior mobile firepower from multiple prepared positions. It was an impressive theory, but I need to tell, that it didn’t work out that way in real life.

And practice

But why is that interesting to us? History repeats itself in World of Tanks. People try to use their turreted TDs as tanks, and this is completely normal. The abstract doctrine of the turreted tank destroyer held little merit in the heat of the battle. When field commanders were short of conventional tanks, they turned to the TDs for replacement. The needs of the real battlefield overwrote the fantasy of armchair-generals. This armor has a gun and turret. They are tanks as long as I’m concerned. I want tanks to cover the lads under fire, so get in line!

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