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Developed for trench warfare. Initially, armament was to be placed in the front part of the hull and side sponsons. However, later it was decided not to add sponsons but to mount a turret. By 1943, when TOG 2* was completed and ready for trials, it was already obsolete. The vehicle never entered service.
A monstrous tank capable of absorbing a near unrealistic amount of damage for its tier, the TOG II* is longer than the Maus, with armor comparable to that of the KV-1 and a top speed of 14km/h on regular terrain. This tank is not meant to be used by inexperienced players, as its terrible top speed and large size can be frustrating, but veteran players may enjoy this tank greatly, soaking up a LOT of damage. This tank is best played when supporting as a second-line tank or defending a chokepoint, because the TOG II* is just too slow for effective attacking, and is easily ambushed. It's also probably the only tier 6 tank that can survive a penetrating hit from the KV-2's 152 mm cannon.
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Pros and Cons
- Good RoF
- Great gun with excellent accuracy and penetration, can damage anything it meets without any problems
- Superb health for its tier
- Armour can bounce several shots - especially with angling
- Heavy weight makes it resistant to ramming
- Huge ammo capacity
- Good matchmaking (always matched with tanks UP to VII tier)
- The cheap repair cost considering it's massive health pool (4.600 when destroyed) and the Premium tank income modifier make it a good credit earner for it's tier if played well
- Humongous track HP means that it is difficult to be detracked
- Humor value. Players almost always comment on the tanks size in battles, usually referring to it (and quite correctly)as a landboat/ship or whale.
- Constantly underestimated on the battlefield
- Largest tank in the game-contrary to popular belief, the maus is not the largest.
- Low alpha damage
- Very poor top speed makes it 3rd slowest tank in game, the only tanks that are slower are the Fcm36Pak40 and the T95
- Large ammo rack
- Armor is mostly flat
- Slow acceleration due to low power to weight ratio and unsprung suspension
- Tracks are enormous and easy to hit
- Crew members are easily killed, particularly the driver and radio operator
- Humor value. Players almost always comment on this tank in battles, which can get on your nerves sometimes
- Crew configuration does not match any British heavy currently in the game. No other tank on the line has 2 loaders, so you will have to keep an extra loader around just for the TOG unless you keep multiple British heavy crews.
It's extremely important to use this tank near the cover of buildings or mountains, as it is an artillery magnet at all times. The gun is very accurate and capable of penetrating tier 7 tanks and below. The TOG II is so big that you will be taking damage from most sources. Fortunately, the HP is so great that you will be able to absorb most of that damage while your allies takes advantage and destroy your foes. Preventing the enemy from shooting the extremly long sides of the tank (unless you manage to angle them to the point your enemies' shots bounce off) is still often key to success when driving this tank.
You can play this tank's large size to your advantage. As you creep towards the enemy base you can be a perfect meat shield for allies and while the exposed enemy intends to kill you, your allies can rightly pinpoint and destroy your attackers and you can effectively roadblock a LOT of areas. Choose a spot and even once destroyed you'll ensure that you'll have blocked that path forever. This is particularly useful on maps with narrow entries.
While the TOG can be deadly on its own, it is far more effective (and often more fun) when in a platoon.
Note that this tank is not recommended for novice tankers.
This enormous tank was designed on the premise that World War II would evolve in the same way as the First World War. Some believed that existing tanks would not be able to deal with such conditions, and one of the most influential was Sir Albert Stern, who had been secretary to the Landships Committee in the First World War. In company with many others involved in tank design in 1916, including Sir William Tritton, Sir Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt, Sir Ernest Swinton and Walter Wilson, Stern was authorised by the War Office to design a heavy tank on First World War principles.
At the beginning of World War II (September 1939) some military officers and engineers thought that the new war would evolve in the same way as the First World War. The war would be static, with the opposing armies occupying two lines of trenches running from the North Sea coast to the Swiss border, separated by a ‘no mans land’ swept by artillery and machine gun fire. Sir Albert Stern, Secretary of the Landships Committee during the First World War, believed that the sort of tanks being produced in 1939 would not be able to cope with these conditions. In company with other engineers involved in tank design in 1916, including Sir Eustace Tennyson D’Eyncourt (Former Director of Naval Construction), Sir Ernest Swinton and Walter Wilson, Stern was asked by the War Office to design a heavy tank using World War One principles. The group was called officially called ‘The Special Vehicle Development Committee of the Ministry of Supply’; unofficially it was known as the TOG committee (TOG: The Old Gang). It began work in September 1939.
The first design resembled an enlarged World War I tank with a Matilda II turret on top and a French 75mm gun mounted in the front plate of the hull. Fosters of Lincoln built a single prototype and trials started in October 1940. It was powered by a Paxman-Ricardo diesel engine and had an electric final drive. The electric drive burnt out and was replaced by a hydraulic drive; this also failed and the vehicle was scrapped. In the meantime the committee was designing a larger vehicle of great size, the TOG II. Its most original feature was the diesel electric transmission where the V12 diesel engine drove two electric generators, which powered two electric motors, which drove the tracks. There was no gearbox or mechanical transmission. (Ferdinand Porsche installed a similar system in one of his unsuccessful prototypes built for the German Army.) The tracks, after passing around the front mounted idler dropped down below floor level to create more internal space, an idea thought to be unique to this tank.Fosters completed the single TOG II prototype in March 1941. It was so heavy that it was only possible to weigh half the vehicle at a time. The design specified machine gun sponsons on each side where the side doors are, like a British World War I tank. These were quickly abandoned. The tank was fitted with four different gun turrets between 1941 and 1944, ending up with the type of turret designed by Stoddart and Pitt for the A30 Challenger Heavy Cruiser Tank. This mounted a 17pdr gun, making the tank a TOG II*. The TOG II’s great length made it very difficult to steer and combined with its weight and low power weight ratio (7.5hp/ton) made the tank cumbersome and unwieldy.In reality ‘The Old Gang’s’ ideas were wrong; tanks needed to be smaller, agile and more mobile. The TOG II was finally abandoned in 1944, although the A22 Churchill had been adopted as Britain’s standard heavy infantry tank long before.