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I am a bit confused by what you mean tbh, sorry!
While direct fire by artillery did happen it certainly was not the norm and generally meant something had gone very wrong.
I doubt very much that any direct fire would be at a steep enough angle to generally hit the top of a tank unless the artillery was on a higher elevation so personally I would always have direct fire as hitting the front or side, never the top. Lack of specific optics etc and generally slow shell speed, etc would also mean it would have a very low chance of a direct hit imo.
This site has a lot of very good info on how british artillery worked in ww2, well worth a read:
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