Weak Spot Guide: Pz.Kpfw VII

Introduced in the 9.17.1 World of Tanks update the Pz.Kpfw. VII sits at the top of a reworked German heavy tank branch.  It is almost identical to the reward Vk 72.01 (K) reward tier 10 heavy tank aside from the 15 cm being replaced with a 12.8 cm.  Unlike the E-100 and Maus the Pz.Kpfw. VII’s armor is situated almost entirely on the front of the tank.  It also has a rear mounted turret making it an effective side-scraping tank.  This guide is for World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII weak spots and will help you tackle one on the battlefield.  No matter the penetration on your tank you’ll find weak spots that will allow you penetrate this tank from any angle.

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots |Frontal View|

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots Frontal View

The toughest position to fight a Pz.Kpfw. VII is when it is pointing directly at you.  Its front hull armor mostly ranges from 230mm to 300mm thick.  The only tanks capable of going through the frontal hull are tier 9/10 tanks and even then it isn’t a sure thing.  Most of the lower glacis sits at 263mm effectiveness and the flat section above sits at 300mm.  The turret doesn’t have many weaknesses either with only two weak spots.  The flat section next to the mantlet sits at 200mm-214mm effectiveness but is very small and hard to hit.

Moving up to the cupola you find it is very weak compared to the rest of the frontal armor.  This only applies to the bottom most area since the top of the cupola sits above 307mm effectiveness.  The cupola is also hard to hit the closer you are to the Pz.Kpfw. VII.  This is due to the rear mounted turret and height of the tank.

The weakest armor is actually found on the unique turret ring of the Pz.Kpfw. VII.  While tiny at close ranges the turret ring cheeks are easy to hit at mid ranges.  If a Pz.Kpfw. VII driver angles any they open themselves up to easier shots on one side in this area.  The part closest to the side hull only sits at 162mm effectiveness with the edge at 240mm.  If you can’t hit the cupola or want to chance the lower plate this is your best bet at penetration.

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots |Side View|

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots Side View

Things start to unravel once you head away from the Pz.Kpfw. VII’s frontal armor.  The side armor mostly sits below 222mm effectiveness.  At tier 10 this makes most of the side armor easily damageable by even tier 8 tanks.  The toughest areas are the angled bits on the turret front/roof/rear.  Shooting lower on the side hull also sees the armor bump up by 40mm due to the track armor.

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots |Rear View|

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots Rear View

Much like the side armor the Pz.Kpfw. VII’s rear armor is also weak.  With its rear mounted turret you also face losing modules and crew members if you take rear shots.  With most of the rear armor sitting below 193mm effectiveness it is easily the weakest area.  Simply avoid hitting the angled sections on the turret, turret ring, and cupola area.

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots |Angled View|

World of Tanks Pz Kpfw VII Weak Spots Angled View

The rear mounted turret makes the Pz.Kpfw. VII a good side-scraping tank.  It can pop out quickly and not expose a lot of the tank around a corner.  Unfortunately for the Pz.Kpfw. VII driver it leaves an extremely easy to hit area on the turret ring.  Where the turret ring meets the upper side hull the armor is extremely weak and very easy to damage.  If you are driving a Pz.Kpfw. VII you will want to keep angling to a minimum to keep this area protected.

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