From: college station, tx usa
I have noticed in the game (8.2) that with depressing regularity I get what appears to be a non-lethal penetration of armor. The penetration value is shown as larger than the armor value, yet the AFV that got hit continues blithely on its way, no matter how many holes I have put in it. Is there something more to the equation of more penetration than armor equals a kill that I am missing?
Even if you do get a penetrating hit, there a check vs the survivability number and some hits can turn into hits that just enter and exit the vehicle without doing any real damage. You will notice this mostly with small rounds vs high survivabilty vehicles. Don't even bother trying to sink a landing craft with a 50mm at gun, you will just be wasting ammo.
As I recall survivability ranges from 1 to 6 with early war US tanks around a 2 and very large tanks like the Maus or ships being in the 5-6 range. In addition to the desired total kill of the enemy vehicle there can be hidden damage like engine hits, track hits, crewman hits, radio hits, repair kit hits, etc, a vehicle can lose systems to hits and not be destroyed.