As one should expect, the side armor is slightly weaker then the front armor and the rear armor is slightly weaker then the sides. It appears that the top armor, especially above the engine deck, and the belly armor are the weakest spots. This is good stuff and I’m glad to see it accurately portrayed.
If Worm would stop killing me I’d confirm the top armor theory.
German tank is the PzKW IVH medium tank. Side skirts covering the tracks and turret bustle are designed primarily to protect the tracks from shaped charge weapons (rockets). The main gun is a medium velocity 75mm. During WW2 the Germans made more Mark IV’s (and their many variants) then any other tank. The Panther (PzKW V) was supposed to replace the Mark IV, but never really did. Although the German game tank MG’s are listed as MG-42’s all Wermacht production armored vehicles came from the factories with MG-34’s. This isn’t a big deal as it was very common for the crews themselves to field modify their panzers including substituting -42’s, for obvious reasons. I’ve seen pictures of at least one King Tiger (PzKW VI) mounting two MG-34’s and a single MG-42 on the turret top (Allied air power was much feared by then). The modeling on this tank is very good, even the size appears to be very close.
Russian tank is a T-34/76C (in theory). Turret and frontal armor are shaped or modeled slightly wrong, but every single factory that built T-34’s each built their T-34 slightly different from all the others, so uniformity of appearance shouldn’t be expected. Rear hull view is spot on. The main gun is a medium velocity 76mm. Tank appears to have extra armor blocks over most of its surfaces that look strongly like modern explosive reactive armor blocks (ERA). Obviously they aren’t explosive blocks or we’d all have noticed very quickly. In game this extra armor may be to offset the Mark IV’s side skirts and turret bustle. Many (probably most by wars end) T-34/76C’s did have additional armor plates welded to them so this isn’t unrealistic either.
The Russian tank in the solo player mission “Blood and Iron” is the OT-34 variant of the T-34/76C with a flamethrower replacing the bow MG. At least two of the enemy tanks in that mission are PzKW V Panthers and the wreckage of several PzKW VI King Tigers is visible scattered in different places throughout the mission.
Speaking of MG’s; It is entirely possible that Lend-Lease Browning M-1917 30cal MG’s were mounted on T-34’s, but fairly unlikely as most, if not all of the Lend Leased M-1917’s came already mounted on US made vehicles or aircraft. The actual machineguns mounted on T-34s were the SGMT version of the SG-43. Early versions of the T-34 had no turret top MG and a Model 1910 Maxim (minus water cooling jacket) in the bow and co-axial positions. For game purposes the Russian SGMT and the US Model-1917 are close enough in characteristics to make no difference.
The Japanese tanks seen in various Pacific missions appear to be the Type 97. The Type 97 was a complete piece of crap, totally inferior to the US Sherman, although it could hold its own against the equally inferior Stuart light tank. 50cal bullets could (and did) gouge deep holes in its thin riveted armor and cause the rivet heads to break off and ricochet around the interior of the tank, killing and injuring the crew. Its 47mm main gun was too small to penetrate the frontal armor of the Shermans and T-34s it faced. Type 97s were usually dug in as static pillboxes, or used up in banzai charges.
*At the time of this posting the Wiki links are accurate enough for our purposes.