The Type 59 can be a formidable foe for any new player or player who hasn’t done a little bit of research into which locations are the weakest. For a medium tank it has above average armor for a lot of it’s frontal hull and it’s turret armor frontally is very good as well. However, once you learn where to shoot a Type 59 it becomes a very easy opponent to deal with.

The index at the bottom of each picture describes a few abbreviations used and also the format in which the armor details are described in. Effective Armor (EA) refers to the overall effectiveness of the armor without normalization.

 The armor values are presented in three different scenarios for the angled view of the tank.15° frontal(75° side),  25° frontal(65° side), 35° frontal(55° side), and 45° frontal(45° side).

Frontal View


 Frontally the Type 59 is a formidable foe for most tier 8 tanks and below due to it’s awesome turret armor and also it’s above average hull armor for a medium tank.  Make sure to avoid the frontal turret aside from the small hatches and stick to the hull armor.

Angled View



 A lot of Type 59 drivers angle their tank which increases the frontal hull armor immensely.  However it opens up their weak side armor to easy shots as you can simply hit the USH/LSH or shoot the frontal track wheel for easy damage.

Side View

 The one thing to remember when dealing with a Type 59 from the side is to simply forget about the turret.  Its not worth the odd bounces it can produce when you can simply hit the weak hull armor.
Below are the schematics for the real world Type 59 armor.
    • WoT Guru says:

      Yes they are correct. 175mm will struggle against it a lot as you can see since it is a 50/50 split as to whether your penetration will roll higher or lower than your average. Also, if they Type angles 5 degrees or more horizontally those chances drop even further for you.

  1. cons says:

    When I have to deal with the types, one on one, I usually immobilize them so I can swing around to their rear but they seem to get fixed before I can reload my second round. It usually takes two people to do.

    Do they have a faster track repair time than most?

  2. SlayerX64 says:

    I remember when i first met this tank, i was driving T6 (usually medium) tanks and i was kind of mad, because i wasn’t able to pen this “medium” no matter where i shoot (even the lower glacis). Later i gained T7 and 8 tanks and it was a little bit better, but i still hate this tank.

    In the guide description you make it sound like an experienced player should have no trouble penetrating this tank, but if you look at the actual numbers, the lower glacis has 174mm eff armor and you almost never shoot exactly from the front, so my best guns so far (175mm (IS, T44) and 198mm (T29, T25AT) still have close to none chance to penetrate it unless he overangles (or i get a real lucky penetration roll). Commander’s copula is freaking small and this tank is almost always on the move and to hit it when moving doesn’t seem very realistic.

    So my tactics when i meet this tank? Get out of its way and hope your allies can help you deal with it. It’s probably best to exploit the overconfidence a lot of Type 59 drivers have (not all unfortunately) and lure him in a crossfire.

    Anyway my point is – i don’t entirely agree with the description – even if you know the weakspots, its hard tank to deal with in most vehicles (especially lower tiers). If he angles like 20 deg. and keeps moving, you cant do shit.

    Thank you for all this work, you’re doing a great job helping other players. These schemes are very nicely done and easy to understand.

    • Radim says:

      Totally agree. If you face this tank, just get out of his way and wait until he exposes his side hull fighting with your ally. Type 59 players usually maneuvre a lot. so be patient. If you are alone and it is your only chance, detrack him and go around. You need very small part of his side exposed to penetrate him.

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