For the Record: Grosstraktor – Short Review
Hello everyone, around Christmas this year (and a bit later on), I made a series of posts on not-so-public tanks, such as the MTLS-1G14, Panzer IV Hydro, T-44-85 and A-32. Because I got my hands on a press account once again (thanks to the same person for high quality screenshots), allow me to continue this series with one more piece – the Grosstraktor. First and foremost, you can’t get this tank in the game – yet. It is one of those tanks, that were introduced some time ago (the model is not yet made in HD quality) and it is just not sure yet, when and how will the players be able to get them. It was speculated that given the recent Wargaming policy changes about the premium tanks (basically, lowtier tanks are awarded, not sold – either for clanwars, or during events), it’s going to be some sort of anniversary gift or something, but who knows? I don’t. The last piece of info was from like two months ago and said the tank would come, but nothing more than that. However, the real question is… should we really wait for it? Here are its basic modules: As you can probably see at first glance, this tank is not the best thing to hit the battlefields with. It’s terrible. Basically, it has three major problems: - the 75mm L/24 gun, which is very inaccurate, doesn’t fire too fast and, while adequate for its tier, is not enough to “carry” the tank - the armor, which is practically nonexistent - mediocre mobility combined with HUGE size of the vehicle After playing a few battles in it, I instantly grew to dislike this tank. As I mentioned, the mobility is mediocre – for its 16,15 tons, the engine output of 250 horsepower is sufficient (the power-to-weight ratio of 15,47 hp/t is good) and the vehicle accelerates well at first, but it is not very fast (the “paper” speed of 44 km/h is not reached easily). It turns okay, faster than what you would expect from such a vehicle, but you won’t be chasing down anyone or circling around anyone because of the speed. The armor is poor. On the paper, it looks okay – frontal upper part is heavily sloped, the side armor has a layer of spaced armor over it (8mm side armor, 6mm spaced plate) and the 15mm tracks cover the edges of the plate – they however do NOT combine with the side armor and the spaced plate – basically, the track area is 15+8mm. The frontal armor is 14mm thick – the problem is, that’s also the thickness of the lower frontal plate and the frontal unsloped part, where everyone is shooting, so everything goes through. The turret has very thin armor as well. In battle, it just doesn’t work – your only chance is to stand sideways and wait for the enemy to be stupid enough to shoot that spaced side plate, which they almost never do. The side armor seems even more durable than the frontal armor, but generally, everything that hits you goes through. Strangely enough, I didn’t have much module damage or crew dead with this tank. And then there’s the gun – as mentioned, the 75mm L/24 – its shells are really slow and it is inaccurate, which means you either have to close up, or you have to stand on a spot to aim properly and fire, otherwise the shells will go all over the place. That’s a massive problem, because when you stand on the spot, you make a really, really big fat target. The size issue is actually possibly the worst issue this tank has – I am sure TOG drivers will be able to relate – you are simply too big and won’t hide in the “usual” places – for example at one point, I made a mistake of trying to hide behind one rock on the Malinovka map – and I didn’t notice my rear end is sticking out. Didn’t end well. The gun however has good depression (-12), so you can manage a hulldown position successfully (tried that on Komarin map). As customary with this gun, the AP shells don’t work too well – against very thin-skinned lowtier tanks, HE shells seemed more effective (the fact the 75mm L/24 can be a successful gun is undisputable – just try the Tobruk historical battle, where you get it on Panzer IV and StuG – HE rules with it). Conclusion I am really not sure how to play this tank actually. Passive hulldown? It’s definitely one of the worse lowtier tanks, even amongst premium tanks. Not the totally worst, but also not worth buying. I am not sure what Wargaming will do with it – if they give it out for free as some event reward, it might work. On the other hand, that would mean there would be tons of them around, which in turns means the Micromaus will have a field day again.