Some time ago the community of the F2P war game War Thunder has launched its own project on WWII Logs and Thunder Skill to have finally a public statistical overview about the performance of individual vehicles and win odds of the available different nation teams.
So far, therefore, in accordance with the kill/loss ratio the following vehicles (with an indication of the Battle Rating = BR) are the most effective ones in Realistic Land Battles .
Values in the range of 1.0 are only average and below are already reveal too weak vehicles.
Status of information: June, 2016.
Most effective Heavy Tanks
Additionally, it has to bring to notice, that the use of a heavy tank can cost up to 450 points, a medium tank but only a maximum of 310 points and a tank destroyer at highest 290 points. Therefore, heavy tanks should be supposed to have around a 1.25-1.50 times better shooting quota as medium tanks or tank destroyers, which is unfortunately often not the case. Therefore, one should limit the use of heavy tanks in the game as far as possible, if they do not have high kill to loss quota.
|Kill/Loss Ratio||Heavy Tank||Nation||Battle Rating|
|1.3||10.5-cm-Tiger II||Germany||BR 7.0|
|1.3||Churchill III||Britain||BR 4.0|
|1.1||Tiger II(H)||Germany||BR 6.7|
|1.1||Tiger II(P)||Germany||BR 6.3|
|1.0||Tiger I(H)||Germany||BR 5.7|
|1.0||Churchill VII||Britain||BR 4.7|
|0.8||Conqueror Mk 2||Britain||BR 7.7|
|0.8||Tiger IE||Germany||BR 6.0|
|0.8||M4A3E2 Jumbo||US||BR 5.0|
|0.5||M4A3 (105mm) Sherman||US||BR 3.7|
Most effective Medium and Light Tanks
This is the most important category of combat vehicles, which can be used at relatively inexpensive costs and are most times armed equally, faster, and more flexible and nearly as good as the heavy tank at the same Battle Ratings in War Thunder. You can see that mainly the Russian and at higher Battle Ratings the British vehicles occupy leading positions. Only with the relatively high Battle Rating 6.7 the Germans received with the Panther II an exceptionally good medium battle tank. Therefore, the high win rates at most Battle Ratings, especially for the Russian team – and in the high Battle Ratings for the British – are not surprising.
|Kill/Loss Ratio||Light or Medium Tank||Nation||Battle Rating|
|1.8||Centurion Mk 3||Britain||BR 6.7|
|1.7||T-44-122 (Premium)||Russia||BR 6.3|
|1.6||Centurion Mk 10||Britain||BR 7.0|
|1.4||Chieftain Mk3||Britain||BR 8.0|
|1.4||AVIV Thunderbolt (Premium)||Britain||BR 5.0|
|1.2||M26E1 (Premium)||US||BR 6.7|
|1.2||Panther II||Germany||BR 6.7|
|1.2||T-34-100 (Premium)||Russia||BR 6.7|
|1.1||Leopard 1||Germany||BR 8.0|
|1.1||T-34E (Premium)||Russia||BR 4.3|
|1.1||M4 Sherman||US||BR 3.7|
|1.0||M46 Patton||US||BR 6.7|
|1.0||M26 Pershing||US||BR 6.3|
|1.0||M4A3 (76mm) Sherman||US||BR 5.3|
|1.0||Cromwell I||Britain||BR 3.7|
|1.0||PzKpfw IV G||Germany||BR 3.7|
|0.9||Panther F||Germany||BR 6.3|
|0.9||M4A1 Sherman||US||BR 3.3|
|0.9||PzKpfw IVF2||Germany||BR 3.3|
|0.8||Sherman Firefly||Britain||BR 5.0|
|0.8||M4A2 (76mm) Sherman||US||BR 5.0|
|0.8||PzKpfw IV H||Germany||BR 4.0|
|0.8||Cromwell V||Britain||BR 3.3|
|0.8||Valentine XI||Britain||BR 3.0|
|0.8||PzKpfw III J1||Germany||BR 3.0|
|0.7||Panther D||Germany||BR 5.7|
|0.7||A13 Mk I||Britain||BR 1.0|
|0.6||Panther A||Germany||BR 6.0|
|0.6||PzKpfw III M||Germany||BR 3.3|
Most effective Tank Destroyers
Only in the problematic range of tank destroyers the German teams are the clear leader. But the effective use of these vehicles without a turret is quite challenging and requires already some experience in the mostly existing confusing close-quarter maps.
|Kill/Loss Ratio||Tank Destroyers||Nation||Battle Rating|
|1.9||Panzerjäger I||Germany||BR 1.7|
|1.6||Dicker Max||Germany||BR 4.3|
|1.2||Marder IIIH||Germany||BR 3.0|
|1.0||StuG III G||Germany||BR 4.0|
|0.9||M18 Hellcat||US||BR 5.0|
|0.8||M10 Wolverine||US||BR 3.7|
|0.6||StuG III F||Germany||BR 3.7|
Most effective Anti-Aircraft Tanks
Again, apparently the German team are in advantage, even when this are only support vehicles for the second or third wave, which usually can not turn the tide of battle.
|Kill/Loss Ratio||AA-Tank||Nation||Battle Rating|
|0.6||94-KM ZIS-12||Russia||BR 3.3|
|0.6||AC Mk II AA||Britain||BR 2.7|
|0.5||SdKfz 6/2||Germany||BR 3.0|
Most effective Aircrafts
Subsequently, the most effective aircraft, which have come in larger quantities into action during the realistic ground battles of War Thunder:
|Kill/Loss Ratio||Plane||Nation||Battle Rating|
|5.3||Canberra B||Britain||BR 8.0|
|2.1||Arado 234B||Germany||BR 6.7|
|2.0||Do 217E||Germany||BR 4.7|
|1.9||Spitfire F||Britain||BR 5.3-6.3|
|1.7||B-25J Mitchell||US||BR 4.0+4.3|
|1.7||F6F-3 Hellcat||US+Britain (Premium)||BR 3.7|
|1.6||F8F-1 Bearcat||US||BR 6.0|
|1.4||(lease-lend) B-25J||Russia||BR 4.3|
|1.2||AD-2 Skyraider||US||BR 6.0|
|1.2||Firefly FR||Britain||BR 3.7+4.0|
|1.1||Fw 190A||Germany||BR 4.7+5.0|
|1.1||Bf 109F||Germany||BR 3.7-4.0|
|1.0||Me 410A||Germany||BR 3.7|
|1.0||P-47D Thunderbolt||US+Russia (Premium)||BR 3.7|
|0.9||Me 410B||Germany||BR 4.7|
|0.8||Ju 87D||Germany||BR 2.7+3.3|
Overall arise spots in effectiveness among the nations around the following Battle Ratings:
Germany at BR 4.3 (Dicker Max) and 7.0 (Jagdtiger, 10.5-cm-Tiger II, Panther II, Arado bomber) and the Maus at 7.7.
Russia around BR 3.7-4.0 (T-34-76), 5.0 (T-34-85) and BR 6.3-7.0 (IS-2, T-44-100, Tu-2 or Premium T-44-122, T-34-100), especially because of the T-34/44 series.
Britain from BR 6.7-7.0 (two Centurions, Caernarvon, Spitfire F), at BR 8.0 (Chieftain, Canberra bomber) and probably around BR 4.0 (Churchill III, Achilles).
In the US none optimal, above average BR can be found (if any, than most likely around the BR 6.7, including the use of premium vehicles).
The most effective premium tank appears to be the Russian T-44-122 with a kill to loss ratio of as much as 1.7 !
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