Soviet tank doesn’t get penetrated often, but when it does…▶️ IS-1

Soviet tank doesn’t get penetrated often, but when it does…▶️  IS-1


When someone mentions soviet heavy tank you
probably think of well armored tank with sloped armor and a massive Aphe shell with very long
reload time. Soviet heavy tank is-1 is the first vehicle
to have first signs of famous soviet sloped angles -that results in random ricochettes
whitch sometimes can save your life -and at the same time tank still has
the reload speed similar to other low tier tanks. The reload speed with aced crew is 7.4 seconds
it is quite short becouse the guns caliber is 85mm whitch not so big and smaller shells
are easyer to operate inside the vehicle. but dont let the caliber fool you, becouse
that’s enough to achieve decent penetration for tanks battle rating. it’s best aphe shell weights over 9 kilograms
and can reach over 130mm of penetration. all enemies can be penetrated as long as you
shoot their armor at 90 degrees angle, problems can begin when you are overtiered and meet
tigers or panthers , but even then there will allways be weak spots
where your shell can enter their tank. and it doesnt matter if there is nothing to damage
behind that weak spot. becouse once 164 grams of tnt inside the shell
detonate that will send enough shrapnel to damage everything inside. When you need that guaranteed penetration
you can also take APCR shell that has 180mm of penetration from up close, but practise
showed that there is no point to sacrifice your damage for penetration:
at long range apcr looses all its penetrationat while at close range you can easily hit a
weak spot with aphe usually ending everything with 1 shot. starting from is-1 in addition to placing
steel plates under an angle heavy tank line will have have pointy noses ,
making them look something similar to ships. This allowed to maximize effective thickness
of armor plates. frontal plate is the thickest it had to resist
the most damage , than tanks hull gradually expands untill vehicle reaches it’s full size. For players it means two things: as usually
one good an one bad. the good thing is that as long as enemy is
in front of your tank you have the best protection and you dont need to angle the hull.
the bad thing you cannot angle your hull , becouse that will reduce effective thickness of your
thinner armor plates. And in addition to that side armor plates
are almost vertical, when attacked from side there is no angle and they mostly protect
thanks to their thickness whitch is 90 to 100 milimeters. Turret also has similar thickness as side
armor and despite closer to edges ricoshettes can happen it’s quite big whitch makes it
easy for the opponents to hit a flat part. And thickness often is not enough to resist
enemys shell so turret will be your weakest part when attacked frontally. The vehicle has 4 crew members. Driver sits next to his two closest friends
– fuel tanks. But since hull is quite protected they will
rarely couse problems. The problem will be with the rest of the comrades
tightly sitting in turret whitch as mentioned before is quite weak, and once penetrated-
even shells without high explosive filler can do enough damage to
get all three of them killed at once sending you to hangar. So Overall armor is quite thick and can stop
random shells unnacurately fired from uncomfortable positions, so you dont get penetrated often
, but when you do your team can start pressing F to pay respects. A lot of stalinium armor has negative effect
on mobility. The maximum speed is 42 kilometers per hour
, but realistically tank accelerates to 35. and once you start turning even that speed
drops significantly. but surprisingly- backwards tank can move
at 16 KPH becouse there are 2 reverese gears whitch is unusual thing for soviets. That makes it easyer to escape tough situations
that can accur becouse of your poor manevurability. relatively small gun allows tank to have -5
degrees of guns depression whitch is not too much , but later soviet heavys have even less
so you can count it as an advantage. Turrets rotation 14 degrees per second, thats
slower than allmost everyone. and elevation of 25 degrees is enough for
your main gun, and mostly limits the small caliber coaxial machine gun if you shoot planes. Tank doesnt have any subtile advantages or
upgrades, its basically a standart well armored tank. IN ARCADE is-1 feels great and i would allways
choose heavy tank instead of a medium here. Thanks to an increased mobility it’s no longer
slow to respond to enemy threats. and becouse markers will let you know where
those threats are coming from you can meet them with hull facing forward whitch will
give you strong advantage in protection. speedwise It will still lag behind most medium
tanks but becouse difference is not so significant there is nothing a medium tank can do that
you wont be able to do with is-1 in arcade, just additionally you are more protected. Overall i have a mixed feelings about is-1: i would rate it 6 tanks named after great
leader in realistic and 8 heavy more than mediums in arcade tank was easy to play becouse of aphe shell
that one shots everything, plus the reload speed is great – that allows you to shoot
more often as you are not punished hard for missing a target. But the manevurability is poor and that often
led to feeling that i have no control over the battlefield when the fast enamy tanks
spread around the map ,and i was mostly reacting to situation
than keeping it under control. and then good frontal protection becomes quite
useless as you dont need it when someone is attacking
you from sides , but you can still feel heavy armor limiting your mobility. so despite it’s a good all around heavy tank
it was quite uncomfortable to play knowing that you dont have very significant advantages
and mostly play reactively.

98 Comments on "Soviet tank doesn’t get penetrated often, but when it does…▶️ IS-1"


  1. My friend recently unlocked IS-1 and kept saying it's weak and hard to use.
    Me playing British tanks: Am I a joke to you?
    We are playing on arcade, btw.

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  2. In my opinion this tank is better played more like a slower medium tank. You should not rely the armor and hide a bit then you can sidescrape the armor and no one will be able to pen you.

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  3. U know the German kv1b has the weakes gun mantlet ever I always one shot it through the gun mantelet

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  4. IS-1 is slower T-34-85 with increaced chance to bounce enemy shells, and in RB it isn't worth it.

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  5. Soviet didnt get penetrated, they penetrated and they penetrated so hard that it explode inside….

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  6. I still have easy time vs anything that's not an IS3, IS4M or IS6.
    That massive Reload Gap is massive, and users of this heavy tank end up doing stupid things that led to their deaths

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  7. Well, i was playing mainly soviets. I live in EU, and i dont know, if its matchmaking or playstyle in EU, but i count on my fingers when i survived hit from other tanks while playing IS-1 or KV-85. Every opponent i met is aiming in turret cheeks – EVERY. I allways died from one shoot, even without ammo in the turret racks. Sometimes, when i watch videos from War Thunder, specialy with comments and see people bouncing the sheels i feel like i played different game. Any tank (even jumbo) penetrates turret cheeks on IS-1, i saw it at least 30 times. When i see how you fight T20 at 6:10, i can say that never happened to me, i allways die from one shoot.

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  8. For some reason sometimes the rear turret and hull which has about 100mm of armor can block my 17 pounder. From near point blank

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  9. Wait WHAT 2:55 ?! Does the Bias-1 pen the top plate of the Panter ? OK I'm done with this game.

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  10. this tank is shshnsneycjjsnwheizisnbdhdjzjsnsbzujxbdbsbjsovietbdbsjsusjsjjsjsnjsjsjsjbiasjwjwjsksskkahhshshwhhbutjskskakkakkskskskzmzmuchjajajajajajsjsjjsjsjddjsjmorejsjsjsnnsnsjjsjsjsjjsjsjsjsmallerdhjskendjizksndjzikkandksksksmsmasksjdhbdndligthersjjsjsnajsjjsajsjjsjsjsjeihalsodjdjdjdndndndndndndnimsjsjsjsjjssjsjzjzjzjzjznnzzhavingjsjsjsnsjbsbsbshshkastrokehdhdhdhsbsbsbbsjajwjajajs

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  11. With german tanks you need to angle… with russians tanks you dont need to angle… my brain: bboooomm!!!

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  12. What game are yall playing because when I played the is-1 I hated it it would always get in shot by everything in its huge pfp weakspot and pretty much the entire turret

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  13. Jumbo players be like.
    I fear no man, but that thing.
    that thing scares the crap out of me.

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  14. 3:39 "You have been killed by Stilleto01 (Sherman Firefly…. Sorry, i mean Typhoon).

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  15. Good video

    My only problem with this tank is that that nearly always it is uptiered to 6.0 or 6.3 and at that Br It can not do anything

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  16. Bruh how does is1 pen m4a3e2's front plate ez but my king tiger cant penetrate m4a3e2's front plate not angled from 200m from 6th shot wut

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  17. If you are shooting Is-1 or Is-2 from the side, DO NOT HIT TRACK OR WHEELS THAT HOLD TRACKS, IT WILL NOT PENETRATE. unless you have a really good shell

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  18. Please drive out the IS-2 mod 1944, it recently had it's external fuel tanks set modelled as actual fuel tanks, so they can be set on fire and you can die.. from MGs….

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  19. For me it was very funny playing it. Now I have is2 and I play same as is1 but with more caution cause of reload

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  20. Can you do a video on the Jagdtiger?
    I really love your videos and think you are one of the best War Thunder YouTubers that do videos how to play different vehicles and planes and not like all the Unicorn reviews.
    Keep up the good work 😀

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  21. Numbers in shell card are lying. Any one can try on m4a3e2 jumbo front armor by german Tiger1 shell PzGr 39 and soviet БР-365А just click 10 times, feel the difference.

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  22. The lower plate is a huge weak spot. I pen and kill all is variants that way, cause it’s most reliable. The turret results in random bounces.

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  23. Tiger 1 vs IS-1

    Front armor of IS-1: Tiger 1 penetrates IS-1 in front on driver location, transmission location, under the tower location and beside the gun location.

    Front armor of Tiger 1: IS-1 can only penetrate it under the tower who is very hard, and the optics over the tower. Im not 100% sure but i have only got destroyed by a IS-1 who have hit me on that locations

    Tiger 1 penetrates almost every tank on same ranking level in front. The only problem i have with it is when i meet a another Tiger 1 or jagdpanther

    I know a lot about Tiger 1 because i have played arround 300 battles with it.

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  24. that is the defenition of a non close combat friendly tank, and i do not enjoy it because, i like close combat tanks

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  25. the trick in brawling in the IS1 is you drive ass backwards into battle. They usually go for your engine witch tanks all the shells and shrapnel and you fire back. problem is you only have 2 fire extinguishers …

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  26. Not IS1 related but I once drive an IS2 backwards in an open area and somehow the ass bounce some shells

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  27. Soviet heavy tank is a joke….Literally it is….I play IS 1 and 2….All those amor was useless….Your shell hardly penetrate german and America tank even you aim at weak spot….But in long range and you spotted your enemy well that different but still hardly could hit on it since the shell travel so slow even a tiger could avoid it…..Front amor was a lies dont believe on those intel…Tiger could pen you faster that you could…And your turret really jumpy that need almost 2 sec to aim accurately….But the main reason why those tank suck because of battle rank placement i often place with enemy with higher rank…Such like i had t-44 100 and they place me to higher rank match with most of enemy was leopard and T 54…My IS 2 with 122mm dont even do shit when face in front of them….And i can't flak them cause my speed couldn't match up with them…..Of course the german tiger II 10.5 cm was a problem as well but since gaijin decide to remove few of german tank…i might consider play WT again….But if only the rank placement was equally then the fun is back….

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  28. Useless heavy tank just like most heavys in warthunder, just like a tiger1. Everything penetrates it my experiences. Dying,suffering, anger, and depression is my war thunder experience. I try to relax by playing this game, just makes me angry and further ruins my day.

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  29. When playing the Is 1 I like to turn the hull around when near the enemy and reverse towards them. The rear armor when angles often no pens or bounces many shots and penning shots usually get absorbed by the engine . When I do this I occasionally get set on fire but it does not happen often.

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