Tanks used in the Second World War

History to Wargames: Tanks used in the Second World War

War games are fun to play because of their strategic turn-based gameplay. Although it has spawned various genres over the years, our hearts here at History to Wargames remain glued to the original theme that started it all which is military simulation. 

Aside from being a recreational activity, the military was given these board games to train their mind and teach them the art of military strategic thinking.

Depending on the war game you’re playing, you’ll be handed various pieces that you can use at your disposal. These can be generals, soldiers and our favourite, tanks. If you get a chance to control tanks in a war game, you’re in for a treat! These pieces can help you obliterate the enemies in front of you.

Part of what makes these tanks an all-time favourite of ours is that they are accurately modelled from their real-life counterparts that played huge roles in previous wars.

To show appreciation to these heavy pieces of machinery, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites below. These were used in the Second World War and they each played an important part. 

So without further ado, here are some of our favourites here at History to Wargames:

British Matilda

Although the British Matilda wasn’t the fastest and strongest tank that the British soldiers had at the time, it still held a special place in their hearts because of its reliability. The beloved tank also gave protection to the soldiers as they were being transported from one place to another. Unfortunately, the British Matilda was eventually destroyed by German artillery before it could get a shot out because it was out of range.

Vickers Light tank

A complete opposite of the British Matilda, the Vickers Light Tank served as a fast way for British soldiers to get around the battlefield. This characteristic coupled with the fact that it only had light armour made it more of a reconnaissance vehicle instead of an offensive one.

There were several iterations of this speedy tank but the fastest one was undoubtedly the Mk V which recorded a top speed of 32 mph. By today’s standards, this may not seem like much but considering that it’s a full-on heavy tank filled with different kinds of artillery, it’s safe to say that it was fast for its time.


Out of all the tanks during the Second World War, the Cromwell proved to be one of the most useful models, partly because of its important role during the D-Day landings. What makes this tank reliable on the battlefield was its strong shell and impressive offensive artillery. 

Aside from being hard to penetrate, the Cromwell was equipped with a 75 mm gun which easily tore through enemy tanks and soldiers. Additionally, the tank was also widely praised because it also packs a reliable engine which helped with its mobility.


One of the most produced tanks during the Second World War was the M4 which was also known as Sherman. After the war, records have shown that 50,000 of these tanks were in operation during the war which is a good thing considering how reliable they are.

The M4 was highly praised because of its mobility. It was one of the first tanks that allowed this kind of manoeuvrability which was a game-changer on the battlefield. On top of that, it’s also a force to be reckoned with offensively because of its armour-piercing rounds.

Control these tanks in wargaming!

Now that you’ve learned about some of the best tanks during the Second World war, try them out on a single match in war gaming! These tanks move and look the way they did back in the day and they’re designed beautifully to keep players invested in the game. For more on the latest updates about wargaming, feel free to explore our website here at History to Wargames!

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