Tank Rankings - World War II

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Include tank destroyers & assault guns

No-turret penalty: %

Firepower / Protection / Mobility Ratio:

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Year Total Firepower Protection Mobility
1Tiger II 1944 87.145.0 38.0 4.1
2Elephant 1943 86.940.9 42.5 3.5
3Jagdtiger 1944 82.933.4 45.0 4.4
4ISU-122 1944 77.837.6 35.9 4.3
5IS-2M 1944 71.430.5 36.6 4.3
6Jagdpanther 1944 68.540.8 22.3 5.3
7Panther A 1943 64.436.1 23.0 5.3
8Panther G 1944 64.436.1 23.0 5.3
9Panther D 1943 63.536.1 22.0 5.3
10 Comet Mk. I 1944 62.038.8 17.8 5.4
11 Challenger Mk. I 1944 60.738.6 16.2 6.0
12 Achilles Mk. Ic 1944 60.738.6 16.5 5.6
13ISU-152 1944 59.719.5 35.9 4.3
14 Sherman Mk. Vc (Firefly) 1944 59.638.6 16.4 4.7
15SU-122 1943 58.637.6 14.6 6.4
16Panzer IV/70 1944 58.532.7 21.7 4.1
17SU-100 1943 58.331.4 21.3 5.6
18IS-1 1943 57.922.2 31.1 4.7
19Tiger I 1942 56.632.1 20.1 4.4
20 M26 Pershing 1945 54.527.0 23.8 3.7
21Semovente M41 90/53 1942 52.839.4 9.3 4.1
22 M36 Jackson 1944 50.027.0 18.2 4.9
23 M36B1 Jackson 1944 50.027.0 18.2 4.9
24Nashorn 1943 49.840.9 4.1 4.9
25 M36B2 Jackson 1945 49.827.0 18.2 4.7
26Hetzer 1944 47.924.9 18.1 4.9
27 Churchill Mk. VII 1944 46.916.8 27.8 2.3
28T-34/85 (M1944) 1944 45.422.2 16.8 6.4
29 Archer Mk. I 1944 45.338.6 3.9 2.8
30 M4A3(76)W Sherman 1944 45.121.6 18.1 5.4
31KV-85 1943 44.822.2 18.0 4.7
32 M4A3(76)E8 Sherman 1944 44.521.6 18.1 4.9
33SU-152 1944 44.019.5 19.5 5.0
34 M10 Wolverine 1942 43.721.6 16.5 5.6
35Jagdpanzer IV 1944 43.722.5 16.5 4.7
36 M10A1 Wolverine 1943 43.021.6 16.5 4.9
37 Cromwell Mk. VII 1944 42.920.7 16.2 6.0
38StuG III Ausf F/8 1942 42.522.5 15.3 4.7
39StuG III Ausf G 1943 42.522.5 15.3 4.7
40 M4(105) Sherman 1944 42.019.3 18.2 4.5
41T-34/76 (M1943) 1943 41.113.3 21.4 6.4
42 Cromwell Mk. IV 1944 40.920.7 12.7 7.5
43SU-85 1943 40.620.1 15.1 5.5
44StuG III Ausf F 1942 40.220.3 15.3 4.7
45T-34/76 (M1942) 1942 40.213.3 20.5 6.4
46KV-1 (M1942) 1942 40.113.3 23.6 3.3
47PzKpfw IV Ausf J 1944 39.722.4 12.9 4.4
48StuG IV 1944 39.720.3 15.0 4.4
49PzKpfw IV Ausf H 1943 39.622.4 12.8 4.4
50Semovente M43 105/25 1943 38.722.8 11.4 4.4
51 M18 Hellcat 1943 38.320.3 8.6 9.4
52KV-1 (M1941) 1941 37.713.3 20.4 4.1
53PzKpfw IV Ausf G 1942 37.022.4 10.0 4.7
54 Cromwell Mk. I 1943 37.016.8 12.7 7.5
55 Churchill Mk. III 1943 36.916.8 17.2 2.9
56 Sherman Mk. V 1942 36.815.8 16.4 4.7
57 M4A2 Sherman 1942 36.415.8 15.1 5.6
58 Valentine Mk. XI 1943 35.520.7 12.0 2.8
59 M4A1 Sherman 1942 35.315.8 15.1 4.5
60PzKpfw III Ausf L 1942 35.114.9 15.5 4.7
61T-34/76 (M1941) 1941 35.013.3 15.5 6.2
62KV-1S 1943 34.413.3 15.9 5.2
63KV-1 (M1940) 1940 34.313.3 17.0 4.1
64Marder III 1942 33.122.8 6.2 4.1
65Carro Armato P26/40 1940 33.114.5 13.7 4.9
66 Matilda II Mk. I 1939 32.812.0 18.0 2.8
67 Matilda II Mk. III 1939 32.812.0 18.0 2.8
68Marder III 1942 32.821.9 6.0 4.9
69Marder II 1942 32.722.0 4.3 6.4
70 M24 Chaffee 1944 32.714.5 11.6 6.5
71 Churchill Mk. I 1942 32.112.0 17.2 2.9
72PzKpfw III Ausf N 1942 32.114.5 12.9 4.7
73T-34/76 (M1940) 1940 32.110.2 15.5 6.4
74 Valentine Mk. VIII 1942 31.616.8 12.0 2.8
75Marder II 1942 31.622.8 4.1 4.7
76 M3A4[m3] Lee 1942 31.413.2 13.4 4.9
77 Crusader Mk. III 1942 30.216.8 10.6 2.8
78Marder III 1943 29.922.7 2.4 4.9
79 Grant Mk. I 1941 29.611.3 13.4 4.9
80 M3[m3] Lee 1941 29.611.3 13.4 4.9
81 M3A3[m3] Lee 1942 29.611.3 13.4 4.9
82Marder I 1942 29.022.8 2.3 4.0
83PzKpfw IV Ausf E 1941 28.614.5 9.2 4.9
84 M5A1 Stuart 1942 27.810.0 11.1 6.7
85StuG III Ausf B 1940 27.413.2 9.6 4.7
86StuG III Ausf E 1941 27.413.2 9.6 4.7
87PzKpfw III Ausf J 1941 27.411.4 11.4 4.7
88 Valentine Mk. I 1940 26.812.0 12.0 2.8
89 Valentine Mk. III 1941 26.812.0 12.0 2.8
90T-70 1942 26.67.7 13.7 5.2
91T-70A 1943 26.67.7 13.7 5.2
92Semovente M41 75/13 1941 26.113.2 9.2 3.7
93 M3A1[m5] Stuart 1942 25.910.0 9.2 6.7
94 M5[m5] Stuart 1942 25.910.0 9.2 6.7
95Carro Armato M15/42 1942 25.011.8 8.6 4.7
96 M3A3[m5] Stuart 1943 25.010.0 9.2 5.8
97PzKpfw IV Ausf C 1939 24.814.5 5.6 4.7
98 M3[m5] Stuart 1941 24.710.0 8.0 6.7
99 Crusader Mk. II 1941 24.512.0 9.7 2.8
100 Char B1bis 1937 24.07.9 12.9 3.3
101Semovente L40 47/32 1942 24.010.7 8.4 4.9
102 M22 Locust 1944 23.810.0 6.4 7.5
103PzKpfw III Ausf G 1940 23.811.4 7.7 4.7
104SU-76M 1944 23.412.3 5.9 5.2
105SU-76 1943 23.312.3 5.9 5.1
106T-28C 1938 23.25.2 15.4 2.7
107 Crusader Mk. I 1940 22.712.0 7.9 2.8
108Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha 1942 22.312.2 5.6 4.4
109BT-7M 1939 21.27.7 3.5 10.0
110PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf F 1940 21.26.8 9.4 4.9
111PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf G 1941 21.26.8 9.4 4.9
112KV-2 1940 21.00.0 18.0 3.0
113 S-35 1936 20.97.9 8.7 4.3
114 Cruiser Mk. IIa 1938 20.512.0 5.5 3.0
115Type 3 Chi-Nu 1943 20.115.6 0.0 4.5
116 Cruiser Mk. I 1937 19.712.0 3.0 4.7
117BT-7 1936 19.67.7 3.5 8.4
118 Tetrarch Mk. I Tetrarch 1940 19.512.0 0.0 7.5
119Carro Armato M13/40 1940 19.29.1 6.3 3.7
120Panzerjäger I 1940 18.410.9 2.8 4.7
121 Covenanter Mk. I 1940 17.812.0 0.0 5.8
122 Cruiser Mk. III 1939 17.612.0 0.0 5.6
123 Cruiser Mk. IV 1939 17.612.0 0.0 5.6
124Carro Armato M11/39 1939 17.37.9 5.6 3.8
125Type 1 Chi-He 1941 17.212.2 0.0 5.0
126PzKpfw III Ausf F 1939 17.06.4 6.0 4.7
127 AMR 35 ZT2 1936 16.87.9 2.5 6.4
128 LT vz 38 1938 16.46.8 4.7 4.9
129PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf A 1938 16.46.8 4.7 4.9
130 H-39 1939 16.44.4 7.8 4.2
131Type 97[mt] Chi-Ha 1938 16.36.2 5.6 4.4
132 FCM-36 1936 15.54.4 8.3 2.8
133 H-35 1936 15.44.4 7.8 3.3
134Type 95 Ha-Go 1936 14.97.3 2.4 5.2
135PzKpfw II Ausf F 1941 14.84.1 6.0 4.7
136 R-35 1936 14.64.4 7.9 2.3
137T-28A 1934 14.65.2 5.1 4.3
138T-60A 1942 14.40.0 9.2 5.2
139T-26B 1933 14.27.7 2.8 3.7
140T-26S 1939 13.87.7 2.8 3.3
141Type 98 Ke-Ni 1942 13.17.3 0.0 5.8
142 Matilda I 1938 12.90.0 11.4 1.5
143 AMC 35 1939 12.87.9 0.0 4.9
144PzKpfw II Ausf C 1938 11.64.1 2.8 4.7
145Carro Armato L6/40 1940 11.50.0 6.6 4.9
146T-60 1941 10.80.0 5.5 5.2
147 Char D2 1937 10.67.9 0.0 2.7
148 AMR 33 VM 1934 9.50.0 2.5 7.0
149 Light Tank Mk. VI 1937 9.30.0 2.7 6.5
150 Light Tank Mk. VIc 1937 9.30.0 2.7 6.5
151 LT vz 35 1935 9.00.0 5.0 4.1
152PzKpfw 35(t) 1935 9.00.0 5.0 4.1
153T-40 1940 7.90.0 2.8 5.1
154PzKpfw I Ausf B 1935 7.30.0 2.6 4.7
155PzKpfw I Ausf A 1934 6.90.0 2.6 4.3
156T-26A 1931 6.50.0 2.8 3.7

Notes:

These rankings are designed to provide an interactive comparison of tanks throughout history. Of course, it is not meant to be an authoritative final word on what is the best tank in the world, a source of endless internet discussion which will never have a conclusive answer. Even on the battlefield, tank to tank combat depends on so many different factors (many of which, like crew training, are subjective) that one can only resort to broad generalizations particularly with tanks that have similar capabilities. The ranking categorizes tanks based on three attributes: firepower, armor protection and speed, which are generally considered the three classic qualities that a tank must have. Unfortunately, it is impossible to also include aspscts like the fire-control system which are also crucial components of a tank's lethality. The interactive nature of these rankings allows the user to choose what ratio he or she wishes to weigh these attributes. The default ratio is 4.5:4.5:1, thereby giving equal weight to firepower and protection, and giving mobility the remaining ten percent.

The calculation of the total is the sum of the following after being multipled by their respective weights, with a theoretical maximum of 100:

Firepower: For World War II vehicles, penetration measured in mm at 500 m range is used. For post-war vehicles, it is at 2 km range. Where penetration rates at 2 km are unavailable, it is estimated at 92.75% of the 1 km range.

Protection: This is an average of the maximum effective protection of the turret front or mantlet and the upper hull front (glacis plate). Maximum effective protection is calculated as the thickness in millimeters divided by the cosine of the slope (measured from the vertical).

Mobility: This is simiply the maximum road speed.

No turret penalty: When set, this option penalizes vehicles that do not have a rotating turret such as tank destroyers and assault guns with superstructures. The penalty is calculated via the formula of 1 - ((Penalty% - (Penalty% * Traverse/360)) / 100). The firepower total is then multiplied by this number, which will inevitably reduce it. In other words, a vehicle with a 180° traverse would lose 5% of its firepower under the default settings of a 10% no turret penalty.

Tank types: Main Battle Tank, Heavy Tank, Medium Tank, Light Tank, Tank Destroyer & Assault Gun