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methodicaltruth #1 Posted Mar 14 2011 - 23:26

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I usually place heavy tanks and TDs..

give the opportunity.. taking a tank from 360 degrees...

where is the best place to shoot an enemy tank?

ie. Im in a bush hidden as a TD.. i see the side of a tank.. I can shoot anywhere.. where do i shoot for maximum damage?

Lert #2 Posted Mar 14 2011 - 23:27

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Flat plates of armor, perpendicular to your shell's path. I usually aim around 2/3rds towards the rear (1/3rd from the rear) since that is where his engine tends to be.

Schwarze_Raven #3 Posted Mar 14 2011 - 23:33

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That is provided it isn't a tier IX/X German heavy tank, in which case the engine is at the front just ahead of turret.

LMG #4 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 01:17

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On heavily armored tanks aim for the sides or the rear. Also, the turret of most german heavy tanks (exept the Maus) has weaker armor ;)

FlatCat #5 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 01:53

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hmmm in the bar when your drunk does that count. :lol:

Ogopogo #6 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 02:09

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If possible, hitting their gun can often cause it to be knocked out...

methodicaltruth #7 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 02:28

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so shooting the turret vs the rear will drop it from ie. 300 health to zero.

methodicaltruth #8 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 04:07

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:)

cheal8 #9 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 15:55

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Always aimed for the sides and engines.

Im the bottom guy in the match with a PZIV. My narrator is retarded. Firing at a tiger. "Another like that will finish him!" As tigers health goes from 100% to 97%.

Mentat #10 Posted Mar 15 2011 - 16:34

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View Postcheal8, on Mar 15 2011 - 15:55, said:

Always aimed for the sides and engines.

Im the bottom guy in the match with a PZIV. My narrator is retarded. Firing at a tiger. "Another like that will finish him!" As tigers health goes from 100% to 97%.

Hahaha! That message is annoying - it has caused me to die before "sweet, one more and it's dead, I'll stay still to try for the kill" ... announcer "it bounced off" BOOM! I'm exploded

methodicaltruth #11 Posted Mar 16 2011 - 01:36

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:Smile-bajan2::D

MTanker #12 Posted Mar 16 2011 - 17:39

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The easiest way to determine this is to watch your aiming point (default is a chevron...or upside down V).  When it turns green, you can penetrate the armor right there.  If it's red or yellow, it's likely to just bounce.

Clockworkred #13 Posted Mar 16 2011 - 17:58

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Best places to shoot are flat plates of armor on the sides and rear. If you want to do trick shots, aim for the back of the turret, the commander's cupola, exposed fuel tanks, the driver's hatch, the engine grille/mufflers, anything that's not a solid sheet of armor plating.

NoAim #14 Posted Apr 20 2011 - 19:34

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Usually I go for sides or rear.  I would say find out more info on that tank like where certain parts are...eng/entry spot/etc.  Once you learn those youll know where to shoot and then get a few more kills maybe.  Good luck.

Quinn #15 Posted Apr 20 2011 - 19:58

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The "advanced class" would be to familiarize yourself with each tanks individual weak spots: every tank has one (or two, or three...). It's a tall order to memorize all of them - probably only the most experienced tankers know them all - but the trick is to remember the weak spots of the tanks that give you the most trouble. Search for "weak spots" on this forum and you'll find a couple good posts that discuss and point them out.

P.S. It kinda goes without saying, but considering the nature of this particular forum, I thought I'd point out that you need to aim manually to reliably hit weakspots: the Auto Aim feature will generally aim for the turret. Any weak spots hit with Auto Aim on are just lucky: lucky that the tank has weak spots on the turret, and lucky that the Auto-Aim actually happened to hit it.

darkscion0 #16 Posted Apr 21 2011 - 18:29

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Also keep in mind that most American tanks have MUCH more armor on the turret than the body. The American tank strategy is the pop the turret over the crest of a hill, fire and than duck back down while you reload. Hence their armor distribution.

Dirg #17 Posted Apr 21 2011 - 18:50

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I like to go for the side rear of turrets. This is often where ammo is stored. I have one shotted t44's this way on my t-28. Riskier on pen but payoff is sweet.