Pros and Cons
- Sloped front armour, allowing for an effective frontal armor close to that which the VK 36.01 (H) has, when taking the angle into account
- Thick and very sloped upgraded turret armor, combined with impressive Gun Depression that is atypical for German tanks. Can occasionally bounce a KV-1S' 122mm gun
- Good accuracy/penetration/rate of fire on the top gun
- Fast and maneuverable, higher power to weight ratio than other tier 6 German Mediums.
- Low profile, which makes it hard to hit and additionally has relatively good camouflage values
- Good view range
- Front mounted gun, very effective at poking out around corners and exposing only a small fraction of the tank
- Average alpha damage
- Low armor thickness
- Lacks the 8.8 that other tier 6 German tanks have
- Modules are expensive to unlock for a tier 6 medium
Use the unexpected angle of the gun depression to surprise anyone who expected more flat angle. Additionally, the relatively thick and sloped turret armor will help to bounce shells.
Although the top gun isn't any different than the other tier 6 German mediums, it is mounted on a chassis that is arguably better. The strength of this tank is its sloped armor, speed and maneuverability, and accurate and high penetrating gun. This tank is very effective in long range combat where the sloped (but thin) armor can bounce some shots, while using its gun to continue to penetrate. Additionally, it has lower profile than the similar mediums, and therefore has more of a camouflage value and is harder to hit. However, it is vulnerable in close range, where its low armor thickness will cause VK 30.01 (D) serious problems, and will be penetrated by most guns.
This is a versatile medium for its tier. It is directly comparable to the other Vk 30.01 (H), but it comes out superior in a few key aspects. It has thicker and more sloped armor, better gun depression and a smaller profile allowing it to be more stealthy and survivable than the other Vk. However, the Henschel version does get the 8.8 cm KwK 36, which could be better to use in certain situations. That said, the 75mm L/70 has sufficient damage, and more importantly a much better accuracy and penetration allowing for a more versatile playstyle than a dedicated flanker.
The matter of equipment is mainly a matter of choice on this tank. For different playstyles, certain equipment is favoured over others. However, the Gun Rammer is mandatory whatever you do, as the tank has fairly low DPM - and anything to help this is very important. Additionally, Coated Optics is important for this tank as it brings its view range over 400 meters - allowing it to scout and snipe effectively. It is generally preferred over Binoculars, unless you expect to be stationary for a long time (not recommended). The last slot is a wash, and depends on what you prefer. Gun Laying Drive will allow you to have a more aggressive, "peek-a-boo" playstyle; the Vents will give you an all around boost - especially with Brother in Arms; and Camouflage Net will do quite a bit to keep you hidden - very important, especially when you aren't top tier, allowing you to stay alive and do damage longer.
Players familiar with the excellent Vk 36.01 (H) will find a chance of pace from that tank. Although it takes some getting used to, this tank proves itself quite well and has earned a place in many players garage due to its versatility.
- The Maybach HL 120 TRM Engine and FuG 12 Radio carry over from the Pz.Kpfw. III/IV. Mount them immediately.
- The Maybach HL 230 TRM P30 Engine can be researched without upgrading the suspension.
- If you would rather have more firepower than more speed, research the VK 30.01 (D) verstärkteketten Suspension, the VK 30.01 (D) Turret, and the 7,5 cm KwK 42 L/70 Gun.