War Thunder – Matilda Mk.II F-96: A Soviet Lady

This is probably the only way for 99% of the player base to have a look at the tank anyway…

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The British Matilda tank was acquired by the Soviet Union through the Lend-Lease program, and a range of issues was discovered in the first batches, including a very weak tank gun. Soviet engineers resolved to equip this “capricious” English tank with something better.


The Soviet Union began receiving the first batches of Matilda infantry tanks under Lend-Lease as early as 1941. The tanks proved themselves to be highly demanding and “capricious,” but the main problem was the lack of high-explosive fragmentation shells, as well as the paltry caliber of the tank guns. The solution was obvious – the Soviets would have to fit the Matilda with new armaments. To do this, they selected the promising 76 mm ZiS-5 gun, which was soon to become the standard for the Soviet KV-1 heavy tanks, replacing the outdated F-32 guns. The experiment required both the Soviet tank gun and the British tank’s turret to be modified – the armor of the gun mantlet and recoil mechanism was changed, and the modified tank gun was given the designation F-96.

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Despite positive results in testing, the Matilda tanks were never modernized en masse. First of all, this was due to the shortage of tank guns – all of the ZiS-5s were used for the KV-1 tanks. Secondly, it was because in the spring of 1942, the British began supplying Matildas with a 76 mm howitzer, which already came with HEF shells, so refitting the earlier batches became a less pressing issue.


The Matilda Mk.II F-96 is a unique tank that you can get in War Thunder for completing the first half of the Chronicles tank tasks. It is a premium rank II tank in the Soviet Union armored vehicle tech tree. Regardless of its average speed and not overly thick armor, it is right at home in battles of its own rank, thanks to its terrific tank gun. Its very respectable armor-piercing characteristics, enhanced by the awesome post-penetration effect of the Soviet APHE shells, make it possible to simply shoot along the contours of the target, not aiming specifically at weak points – every hit will make its mark on the opponent. Its status as a premium vehicle means it is a good way to earn Silver Lions and Research Points for faster research of any tank in ranks I–III.

The Matilda Mk.II F-96, a British lady with a Soviet tank gun, will be an excellent prize for all players who complete the daily tasks in War Thunder’s Chronicles. Don’t miss your chance to add this rare vehicle to your collection!

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9 thoughts on “War Thunder – Matilda Mk.II F-96: A Soviet Lady

      1. the game deserves people to pay attention to it, if for nothing else for the fact of how good it can become
        they really have to work on hitboxes, flight models for aircraft and listen to the whole community, not just the russian one
        on the other hand the company who makes it is way worse than anything someone might think WG can be, there has been the whole steam summer sale sacandal but what worries me the most is that it has become more and more pay-to-win

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    1. I think he should. I mean, most people that are interested in WG games are usually at least slightly interested in WT as well.

      Also, there is only so much stuff that can be written about WG games. Often the blog has hardly any content posted in a day.

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      1. I agree, the reason the number of active players is far from what it could be with all that the games offers comes down to the company who makes it, if you try to make some core criticism (game mechanics, development decisions, etc…) in the forums you will get warnings and get the thread shut down, if you go to youtube they will do anything to take your video down, if you don’t criticize the company or game but expose hacking your videos will be removed from WT Live, etc….

        I think people don’t realize how “lucky” we are with WG despite their many flaws

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  1. thank “god” we can think of it in a gameplay kind of setting, the brits found out that that turret was even cramped with the 2pdr gun, I believe they tried but never went with the 6pdr modification
    now imagine a soviet 76mm in that cramped turret where only 2 crew members fit, IRL it would be an nightmare and a uneffective modification (I would imagine the 76mm round would be difficult to load in such small space reducing its RoF) even as a infantry tank, the enemy would probably have plenty of time to kill it with some kind of Pak towed AT artillery between reloads
    I know the soviets did make a tank/TD with a 76mm gun where they placed half the gun (the whole recoil mechanism) outside the mantlet to save space inside the turret/crew compartment and that would make sense but it somehow seems there’s no such thing in this case

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