War Thunder 1.57 Battle March

Posted on 16 Mar 2016 by
Lee Braden

Gaijin Entertainment has released the awaited 1.57 update for War Thunder containing several new basic and premium vehicles for most nations, and some hidden surprises. Take to the skies in the Dornier Do-335 Pfeil, De Havilland Sea Venom FAW20 or the Northrop P-61 Black Widow or roll up in tonnes of steel in the Panzerjäger I, Chiefton Mk 3 or the T26E4 “Super Pershing” and engage enemies.

This update also adds 2 new winter maps, so pack your thermals and flasks of coffee, as well as fixes an issue on the Kursk map with urban tank fighting. Along comes updates to some weapons fire and even sounds when hit by various types of shells when in tanks.

To get a full overview of everything just scroll down to the official press release area below.

Official Press Release

Update 1.57 – “Battle March”

New Vehicles

  • ​USA
    • ​Ground Vehicles
      • Т26Е4 “Super Pershing” heavy tank
    • Aircraft
      • P-61A-1 “Black Widow” heavy fighter (Premium)
      • P-61C-1 “Black Widow” heavy fighter
  • ​Germany
    • ​Ground Vehicles
      • Pz.Jg. I SPG
      • Pz.Sfl.IVa “Dicker Max” SPG
      • Nashorn SPG
      • Tiger II Ausf. B Sla16 heavy tank (Premium)
    • Aircraft
      • Do 335A-0 “Pfeil” heavy fighter
      • Do 335A-1 “Pfeil” heavy fighter
      • Do 335B-2 “Pfeil” heavy fighter (Premium)
      • Ta 152C fighter
      • Fw 189A-1 “Uhu” light bomber (Special Event Aircraft)
  • USSR
    • Ground Vehicles
      • KV-1S heavy tank
      • Т-44-100 medium tank
      • 94-KM on the ZiS-12 Chassis SPAA
    • Aircraft
      • MBR-2 flying boat (Special Event Aircraft)
  • Britain
    • Ground Forces
      • Falcon AAS
      • Chieftain Mk.3 medium tank
      • FV4004 Conway tank destroyer
    • Aircraft
      • Sunderland Mk.IIIa flying boat
      • Sea Venom FAW20 jet fighter
  • Japan
    • Aircraft
      • Ki-83 heavy fighter

Vehicle graphical model updates

  • Spitfire Mk.XVI – model has been updated.
  • Swordfish – model has been updated.

New Locations and Missions

  • New winter location “Volokolamsk” for combined battles, game modes: “Battle”, “Conquest”, “Domination”.
  • New winter location “Frozen Pass” for combined battles, game modes:  “Battle”, “Conquest”, “Domination”.

Changes in Locations and Missions

  • A village area on the central part of the location “Kursk” and on the river bank has been added.

Damage Model

  • Damage inflicted by HE-F ammunition (including APHE ammo and rockets for ground vehicles) is now calculated more accurately according to explosive type and weight.

Changes in Flight Models

Ground vehicles performance changes

  • M6A1: maximum power value for Wright G-200 engine has been corrected: from 960 HP to 800 HP. According to: TM 9-721 “Heavy Tanks M6 and M6A1”. Catalogue of Standard Ordnance Items, Second Edition, 1944. Volume I. Office of the Chief of Ordnance Technical Division.
  • VK4501 (P): Maximum speed value has been corrected:  from 33 km/h tо 35 km/h.  Turret rotation speed has been changed from 7,5 degrees per second to 8 degrees per second. According to: ”Panzer Tracts – Panzerkampfwagen VI P (Sd.Kfz.181)”; ”Der Panzerkampfwagen Tiger und seine Abarten

Armament Changes

  • Matilda: depression angle values have been corrected: -20/20 according to Tank Infantry Mark II and IIA, 1940 Edition
  • M19: depression angle values have been corrected: -5/+85 according to FM 44-62, 1947. Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage M19
  • T-34-100: depression angle values have been corrected: -3/+18 according to «Отечественные Бронированные Машины. XX век. Том 2, 1941-1945»
  • HE filler mass value has been corrected for the following 100mm ammo: BR-412 (65 gr), BR-412B (65 gr), BR-412D (61 gr.). According to: «Таблицы Стрельбы 100-мм зенитной пушки КС-19 по Наземным Целям»


  • Choice of vehicles in a battle has been updated and improved.
  • Display ranges of the battle zones on the map and minimap have been increased.


  • New sounds for Ho-301 air cannon.
  • New sounds for the engine of the M18 “Hellcat”.
  • Environmental sounds in ground battles has been improved and expanded.
  • New sounds for hits and ricochets depending on the type of shells involved in ground battles.
  • PS4: The sound in voice chat has been improved.


  • Dynamic light sources for effects of explosions, shell hits, launching of rockets and catching fire have been added.
  • Possibility of using aerobatic smoke of different colours for wings and tail (three coloured aerobatic smoke for those that have Thunder League Dog Tag)
    Can be turned on in: Menu > Game Options > Aerobatic Smoke Type > Tricolor.

Research and Economy

  • Changed position in research for the following German armoured vehicles and self-propelled guns:
    • Pz 35 (t), Pz 38 (t) Ausf. A and F moved to the top of the research tree for armoured SPG’s ahead of the Stug Ausf. A without BR changes.
    • SPG Jagdpanzer 38 (t) moved to the 3rd rank in the research tree for armoured German SPG’s before the Jagdpanzer IV without BR changes.

Game mechanics

  • British tank tree is available for research to all players.;
  • In arcade battles with ground vehicles the physical multipliers for arcade have been adjusted as follows:
    • Reduction of 10% of the main drive ratio, which increases the maximum forward and reverse speed by 10%.
    • Engine power has been increased by 10% relative to 1.55.
    • Rate of the turn of the turret has been decreased by 30% and the speed of gun elevation has been changed.

New replacement mechanics of the last remaining crew member for ground vehicles has been added – currently for RB and SB mode only.

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