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In a Tank Characteristics, it says "Average Penetration 45/49/22 (in mm)". The same applies to damage, where it uses this split into three formats.

This is how much armor (in mm) it could penetrate, but why are there three numbers?

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Best. Question. Ever. –  DavidYell Apr 11 '11 at 12:44
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@DavidYell I doubt that highly. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 11 '11 at 22:22
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I just fell off my chair. –  Adam Arold Nov 20 '12 at 14:14

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According to the chaps I found talking about it over here it's to do with the different ammunition types:

AP / HEAT / HE

penetration is related to the shell type. AP is the "standard" round HEAT has the most penetration, buts its bought with gold = you pay with real money HE has low penetration and high damage, but it will always do some damage when you don't penetrate the armor, its used against high tiers when your gun can't penetrate them.

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AP / APCR / HE applies for tanks and some tank destroyers whilist HE / HEAT / AP applies mainly for artillery pieces. Take into account that HE and HEAT shells penetrate the specified armor not caring the distance between you and target, while for AP and APCR the penetration is inversely proportional to the distance between you and target. –  camiloqp Apr 11 '11 at 13:17
    
There's also Premium HE which is used by a few SPG guns. Premium HE is usually similar to standard HE but has a larger splash radius. –  Granger44 Aug 18 '11 at 17:32
    
That's correct! Take a look at this guide: altergamer.com/world-of-tanks-guide-the-long-way-to-the-tiger for more details on gameplay. –  user24785 May 1 '12 at 18:15

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