Good day! Today we will be discussing the importance of hull-down, how its preformed and some tricks that may help. First off, lets discuss what is “hull-down”. Hull-down is simply hiding your tank’s hull behind a crest, pile of debris or earth and even the wreckage of other tanks.
Now you may ask, why do this in the first place? Most tanks has sturdier turrets as compared to their hulls and you simply become a smaller target bu hiding your hull.Lets take for example the American T32 Heavy Tank, which has a frontal hull armor of 127mm as compared to its turret 298mm armor.Can all tank perform a hull-down? Yes, but some tanks are better suited for this maneuver than others. Now lets go back to the American T32 Heavy Tank as mentioned earlier, it has an amazing gun depression and turret armor.
Utilizing a window to cover the soft hull, only exposing the hard turret.
Using some debris as cover.
Using the crest of a hill
Using the crest from a top of the hill
Now here is the USSR IS3 heavy tank. While it does not have the gun depression of the T32 heavy tank, it does have an amazing turret. It cannot effectively hull-down on a crest, but can on piles of debris or using the wreckage of other tanks.
Now lets take a look at the French AMX 50 100 heavy tank. Its big, has a small turret, but lacks the armor and gun depression. Clearly this cannot be used for hull-down.right? No, you can still hull-down in this tank, but do not expect ricochets, but expect the enemy to aim longer at you, because you are now a smaller target than opposed not being hull-downed and thus making himself exposed longer.
Here are some photos of ideal hull-down positions and how to properly perform them. One way to know if you have a good hull-down is by switching to sniper mode and check the level of the crest. I should look like this:
Now lets recap.
1. All tanks can perform a hull-down no exceptions! But there are some tanks that excel at this maneuver than others(USA tanks).
2. Use Crest of hills, craters, debris, windows and even the wreckage of other tanks.
3. For tanks with softer turrets, do not stay too long peeking, just get a shot in and hide while reloading then pop back out for another shot.
That’s all for now, hope this little guide helped! and hope to see you in the battlefield! o7