For the Record: Nerf My Tank! Vickers Mk. E Type B
In the previous*”Nerf My Tank”, I discovered the horrible truth about Russian Bias in World of Tanks. Today, we will learn about the slightly less horrible secret of Chinese Bias. A compendium of what was probably sales pamphlets from 1932 lists the penetration of a number of AT/AA guns that never went anywhere and that we do not care about, aside from one: the 47 mm Vickers gun. Here is how this gun is represented in the game. 45 mm of penetration at 100 meters? A pretty good number for a gun from the late 1920s. Let’s see if these numbers correspond to reality. Sadly, the penetration for 100 meters is not listed, but it is estimated from the existing data easily enough. Penetration drops by about 4 mm per 200 meters (less at later ranges, but then again, the decrease isn’t linear). With 30 mm at 300 meters, the penetration is about 34 mm at 100 meters. But wait, what is this, in the game it’s 45 mm, or a whole third higher! Scandalous! Russian and Chinese bias confirmed, ready your torches and pitchforks!