Pocket Tiger – The VK 3601H

This Henschel medium tank is a familiar sight in most battles. The VK 3601H is one of the most common Tier VI tanks and an common opponent for mid-tier credit-farmers. The “pocket Tiger” is a powerful and forgiving vehicle and is especially suitable for learning core principles of the game like armor-angling and flanking. The VK 3601H is a late love of mine and how I missed it for so long I still do not know.

M26/46 Pershing/Patton front armor uploaded!

Introduction

For me, the 3601H was always a bit funny and somehow cramped-looking tank. A newborn Tiger tank in an interim form. Private joke: we call it “rose-bowl” (or something similar in my native language) because of the funny boxes on the engine deck. Despite the seemingly embarrassing nickname I learned to respect the 3601H in my first real tank, the M4A3E8. It was a force I could not deal with purely by firepower. The 3601H, along with some other tanks, forced me to look for flanking opportunities, to learn the tricks of close combat and circle-strafing, to fight and fire on the move whenever it’s possible.

It’s a clear sign of the overwhelming popularity of German armor on EU servers that my most killed tank in Tier V and VI is the PzIV and the VK-H (guess what it is in Tier VII…). On the other hand, the 3601H is a great trainer for future German heavy tank drivers because it can teach almost everything you need to know in this game. The 3601H is a greyzone tank; it can be played like a heavy in its Tier and lower,  a pocket Tiger tank. You can play it like a medium in higher Tier battles. It doesn’t function perfectly in those two very different roles, but it does well enough.

As one of the first heavy tank attempts of the Germans, only one VK 3601H hull was ever built. The work went on the Tiger tank. Picture taken from Germany’s Tiger Tanks D.W. to Tiger I of Jentz and Doyle

The VK3601H is a good all-rounde tank and one which can be a threat even to Tier VIIIs in the right hands. All right, let’s see how to play the 3601H and how to defeat it. Whether you drive it or fight it we have some tips for you. Let’s forget the gold-ammo firing noob-stomper wallet-warriors in public games for a minute. They are such a rare sight, the real face of the 3601H is not theirs.

Gameplay