Matilda Black Prince

The Matilda Black Prince is a British tier 5 premium medium tank.

This vehicle features a 6-pounder gun fitted in the A27 turret. Only one prototype was produced, after which development was discontinued due to complications with the turret mounting. The vehicle never entered service.

The Black Prince is an effective, if unexceptional, tier V medium. It has generally lower armor than the Churchill III, but a better profile and a more accurate gun. It is best used in the second line, as your fast rate of fire and quick turning turret will make short work of flankers and scouts. It is always best to aim for weak spots when using this tank as even some lower tier tanks may bounce shots you'll think are certain to penetrate. Since its top speed is barely 22km/h, you wont be able to keep up with the pace of fast battles, but you can make an exceptional defender, sniper, ambusher, and hill fighter with 13 degrees of gun depression.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Armor is better than it appears thanks to heavy angles and a large internal gun mantlet
High rate of fire
Relatively low profile
Excellent APCR penetration at close range
Preferential matchmaking (tier 6 max, no tier 7 battles)

Cons:

Agonizingly slow, with poor power to weight ratio. Crawls uphill
Low damage and penetration
Very high loss of APCR penetration at range, only goes through 126mm at 400m
Small ammo capacity
Mediocre accuracy

Performance

Compared to a fully upgraded Matilda armed with the QF 2-pdr Mk. X-B gun, the Matilda Black Prince (commonly abbreviated as MBP) has better gun depression, damage, hit points, signal range, view range and credit income. However, it is a tier higher, has poorer hull traverse, turret armor, ammo capacity, penetration, accuracy, aim time, rate of fire and speed. Despite the lighter turret, the MBP strangely weighs a whopping 30 tons compared to the tier IV Matilda's 26 tons.

Take it slow, pick your targets, and watch your ammo. With around 30 shots a minute and only 55 spare, you'll run dry quick if you don't make your shells count. It is better to wait until you are fully aimed before firing, so try to avoid the Churchill tactic of slinging shells at your target knowing you'll hit eventually. Do not engage long-range targets as the 6-pdr gun has slower aim time than reload time, as well as mediocre accuracy.

Avoid climbing hills or crossing rivers, stay on paved ground whenever possible. Its abysmal speed makes it a horrible tank for flanking maneuvers. This often results in the Matilda BP falling far behind the team's advance. Its only option is to take the shortest route to the enemy, supporting teammates along the way. Do not advance without heavy tanks. It is ill-advised to treat the MBP as a heavy tank as its armament, armor and speed are insufficient for that.

Besides the tier IV Matilda, the MBP is not great for training British medium tank crews, as its playstyle is very different. The lack of a radio operator position further diminishes its effectiveness as a crew trainer. Its crew layout is only compatible with high tier British medium tanks like the Centurion Mk. I. However, the loader will be unable to use radio operator skills.

Historical Info

The Matilda Black Prince (as it is known in-game, see the Historical Accuracy section below) was a project that featured a 6-pounder gun fitted in the A27 turret mounted to the Matilda II tank. Only one prototype was produced, after which development was discontinued due to complications with the turret mounting. The vehicle never entered service. Called the Matilda II with A27 turret. It is sometimes wrongly called the Matilda Cromwell (because of the A27 Cromwell turret).