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Let tank commanders command tanks

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Currently tank commanders only serve one purpose as an observer. This makes tanks feel less like a crew of men working together, and like a crew of one jumping between seats, which makes them clunkier than they should be.

Tank commanders should be able to give orders to his driver to drive, and his gunner to "aim in this  general direction" with binocs. This gives commander more use realistically, and a big risk/reward factor because if you want to give your gunner a bearing on a long range target, you got to come out to get your binocs on him. If you die not only do you loose valuable line of sight, but the ability to give orders to your crew.

This video is tank command how it should be

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The French B, S, R and H tanks were designed with "windows" in the unopenable turret cupola through which the commander could observe, and even use binoculars, without being exposed.

You could require the French commanders to open the non-combat turret hatch and sit on the hatch lid, but that (1) would be highly unrealistic in combat, and (2) would create a major disadvantage for the French tanks, which would have a much greater commander-target-area.

And, in a tank where the commander is the gunner, to whom is the commander giving aim-orders? Why wouldn't the French commander have the option of just looking through the gun-optics and selecting his target?

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Then perhaps not require the commander open to order the gunner to aim the gun. I was trying to think in terms of balancing but forgot french tanks have the hatch on the back.

What would probably work better is to allocate keys (numberpad?) that let the commander order the gun to move the same way you'd drive with wasd so you can do a rough aim and also have the ability to drive at the same time with wasd and look around with mouse and another key to order the gunner to fire. That would allow the use of all crew of the tank at once like a tank would be used in combat and make tanking more fun and intuitive.

As for vehicles where the commander is also the gunner, well they would just function as a gunner with the ability to order the driver

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I like it.  As to the tanks with one or two-man turrets, or non-openable hatches, have those function as-is.  Reflects the difficulty those vehicles had in the field.

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