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Headquarters: World War II - Dev log #7 - Tank killers

Published on July 31, 2023

It is Oleksandr from Starni Games with the new Dev log entry. Last time we discussed tanks, so now I want to tell about things that are capable of stopping the enemy tanks in Headquarters: World War II. Today we will be having an in-depth look at such units as the Anti-tank guns, Anti-Aircraft guns, and Recon vehicles.

What anti-tank weapons are available?

Headquarters: World War II will be focusing on the Normandy landings, so the list of available units is limited to what was operated during that time. The key tank killers in the game (apart from other tanks) are AT guns and AA guns, while Recon cars could be useful to scout the enemy armor in advance.
It is worth noting that Infantry could also be very deadly against tanks, especially in difficult terrain, but we would discuss that in the next Dev log, where we will have an in-depth look at all Infantry units. 

So, here is the list of available anti-tank units and their preview:


Towed Anti-tank guns:

50 mm Pak. 38 (GER)

75 mm Pak. 40 (GER)

88 mm Pak. 43 (GER)

57 mm Ordnance QF 6-pounder (UK)


57 mm Gun M1 (US)

76 mm Ordnance QF 17-pounder (UK)


Self-propelled Anti-tank guns:

Jagdpanzer 38 - Hetzer (GER)

Jagdpanther (GER)

17pdr SP M10 "Achilles" (UK)

M10 tank destroyer (US)

M18 Hellcat (US)


Towed Anti-aircraft guns:

88 mm Flak (GER)

QF 3.7-inch AA gun (UK)

90 mm gun M2


Self-propelled Anti-aircraft guns:

Sd.Kfz. 7/1 (GER)

Crusader III AA Mk.I (UK)



Recon vechicles: 

Type 82 Kübelwagen (GER)

Sd.Kfz. 234 2 - Puma (GER)

Willys MB (US, UK)

Daimler Armoured Car Mk II (UK)

M8 Greyhound (US)


How are the anti-tank guns implemented in the game?

The smaller caliber towed guns can move a small distance without a truck, while bigger guns have to be moved via transport vehicles. This makes Self-propelled guns much more mobile and versatile tools, able to move fast and maneuver to the best firing position and destroy enemy tanks. While towed guns are good for stationary positions and ambushes, they are quite very vulnerable but pack a solid punch.


How effective are the AA guns versus tanks?

While self-propelled AA units listed above are not very effective and can penetrate only lightly armored targets, the towed large caliber AA guns can be very effective against enemy armor, same as large caliber AT guns. They can be used for setting up ambushes and dealing with the heavily armored units of the enemy. 


What do recon cars have to do with anti-tank warfare?

While not technically anti-tank weapons, light cars, such as Type 82 Kübelwagen or Willys MB are good means to spot the enemy armored units before they locate your troops and prepare an ambush. You can also quickly retreat, covering yourself with smoke grenades, if spotted by the enemy armor, cutting the enemy’s line of fire. At the same time, more advanced recon vehicles, such as Sd.Kfz. 234 2 - Puma, Daimler Armoured Car Mk II, or M8 Greyhound could be used to outflank and destroy enemy armor, attacking them from the rear, as they have pretty decent AT guns, that can be quite effective if you manage to sneak up on the enemy armor from the rear. 

I know you would probably want to know much more about the game - so ask me any questions you have and I will do my best to answer these questions on forums, or in the next Dev logs.
Next time I will tell you more about numerous types of Infantry units in Headquarters: World War II, including the anti-tank squads, so please, stay tuned.

See you next time!

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