The FV214 Conqueror was a British heavy tank of the post-war era. It was developed as a response to the Soviet Joseph Stalin IS-3 heavy tanks and carried a larger 120 mm gun compared to the 20 pounder (83.4 mm) gun carried by its peer the Centurion. Its role was to provide long range anti-tank support for the Centurion main battle tanks. They were issued at nine for each regiment in Germany, and usually grouped in three tank troops.
Firing only APDS, AP, and HE ammo, the FV214 Conqueror is at somewhat of a disadvantage compared with HEAT-firing tanks at a similar level. However, the Conqueror's armor and firepower help to make up for that shortcoming. The Conqueror is somewhat similar to the T-10. Both of these tanks are slow, lacking in agility (though the Conqueror's agility isn't too bad for a heavy tank), heavily armored, and with a high amount of health points. The rate of fire is just a slight bit faster than the normal reload used by a large majority of other tanks. This helps to compensate for the lack of HEAT-compatibility.
The Conqueror is definitely not a flag-running tank. With the FV214's low top speed, don't expect to do much running at all, in fact. The Conqueror is best at what the real-life version was designed to do: operate in conjunction with other heavy tanks, or supporting lighter units as they attack the enemy battle line. It is recommended to constantly use cover and go into hull-down position, don't expose the flanks or rear, and keep that powerful gun in action. The Conqueror isn't an easy tank to use, but it is a powerful one in the right hands.
Pros and Cons
- Reload time is just a bit faster than the average, DPM is pretty good
- Great health pool
- Turret is very well armored and angled from the front, small as well
- Accuracy is very respectable, penetration values are as well
- Agility is actually fairly good for a heavy tank
- Horrible speed, gets flanked very easily
- Turret rotation speed can be considered somewhat slow
- Hull armor is huge and weak, frontal lower glacis is also thin
- Gets ammo racked frequently
- Big tracks can easily be damaged