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|230230 HP Hit Points|
|10.9/115.9/0 t Weight Limit|
- Commander (Radio Operator)
|130140 hp Engine Power|
|40/10 km/h Speed Limit|
|2222 deg/s Traverse|
|11.9323.73 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio|
|30/14.5/14.5 mm Hull Armor|
|410//410// HP Damage|
|27//26// mm Penetration|
|r/m 3 r/m 3 Rate of Fire|
▲1230 Damage Per Minute
With 50% Crew: 0.991 m
With 50% Crew: 0.941 m
|s 6 s 6 Aim time|
|1616 deg/s Gun Traverse Speed|
|40° Gun Arc|
|-5°/+42°-5°/+42° Elevation Arc|
|6555 rounds Ammo Capacity|
|2020 % Chance of Fire|
|m 250 m 250 View Range|
|m 310 m 455 Signal Range|
Self-propelled gun on the basis of the outdated Pz.Kpfw. II. The vehicle was designed as a mobile artillery unit for armored forces. The armored cabin with the modified 105 mm field howitzer was mounted on the middle and rear parts of the chassis. This SPG was a successful re-use of the outdated chassis. A total of 700 vehicles were built from 1943 through 1944.
It is an excellent SPG for its tier. It is somewhat accurate and has a good gun with a high alpha damage for an SPG. Its traverse speed is slow, and the engine has low horsepower, so it requires good positioning at the beginning of the battle; it takes time to change position. Later SPGs are significantly faster.
The Wespe marks the end of its German self-propelled gun line.
Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables
|Rate of fire
|III||10,5 cm le.F.H. 16 L/22||27||410||3||0.8||6||490||13900|
|IV||10,5 cm le.F.H. 18 L/28||26||410||3||0.76||6||585||34110|
|Chance of Fire on Impact
|II||Maybach HL 57 TR||130||20||540||1120|
|III||Maybach HL 62 TR||140||20||550||4220|
|Maybach HL 45 P||0||5600|
Pros and Cons
- Amazing gun range for its tier
- Decent 105 howitzer with high alpha, decent accuracy & handling and acceptable RoF
- Very sloped upper glacis and thick lower glacis, might come in handy in self defense
- Wide gun arc
- Somewhat slow speed and sluggish traverse
- Very weak superstructure
- Low view range
In most aspects superior to the Sturmpanzer I Bison, the Wespe is the German tier 3 artillery of choice. Featuring the common 105mm howitzer among early tier SPGs, it has moderate accuracy, handling and reload rate with decent damage potential that could one-shot even some tier 5 vehicles if the shell fully penetrates.
- The FuG Spr. 1 radio carry over from the PzKpfw III E or the Luchs, while the top engine is shared with the Pz.I C or the Pz.II G. Install these if already available.
- Research the suspension first for improved maneuverability and weight capacity.
- Next, research the second gun for boost in accuracy.
- If you don't have the radio, consider researching it for easing the grind down the Luchs line.
- Go from there.
In the early 1942, the Panzerkampfwagen II (Sd.Kfz.121) light tank was withdrawn from frontline Panzer units and relocated to second line duties after being in service since 1936. That step provided the opportunity to use its reliable chassis and components for conversions such as the Marder II tank destroyer and Wespe. Alkett designed the Wespe in mid 1942, and its practical design was chosen over other designs based upon the Panzerkampfwagen III or Panzerkampfwagen IV’s chassis. Wespe (Wasp) was a light self-propelled gun armed with a 105mm light field-howitzer and based on the unmodified and modified Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F chassis. Wespe received the designation Sd.Kfz.124, but was also known as the 10.5cm le FH18/2 Fahrgestell auf Geschützwagen PzKpfw II and as the Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell PzKpfw II (Sf).
The main idea behind the design of Wespe was to provide all mobile formations with proper and indirect artillery support. Wespes were to operate behind the frontlines and were not to engage enemy vehicles, however, they carried armor-piercing ammunition in case of an encounter. Like artillery, the Wespe operated in batteries and received orders and directions from forward observers by radio or field telephone: reducing the risk of being exposed to direct enemy fire. The Wespe was based on the regular Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F light tank chassis and on modified Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F chassis'. Both versions used many standard components of the Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F light tank. Ausf F was the last variant of Panzerkampfwagen II to enter full-scale production. Ausf F was produced by FAMO of Breslau (Wroclaw) and some 1400 chassis were manufactured, while 524 were completed as tanks from 1941 to 1943. This model featured increased armor protection and other modifications based on battle experience.The early version of the Wespe was based on a regular tank chassis with engine moved forward (to a more central location) and the suspension reinforced in order to absorb the stress from firing-recoil. The later version was based on a modified chassis with a slightly lengthened (by 220mm) hull, engine and radiators moved forward (to more central location), and the suspension reinforced to absorb the stress from firing-recoil. The longer hull resulted in an increase in the space between the last road-wheel and idler. Modified chassis' were known as Geschützwagen II - Gun Vehicle / Gun Carriage IIs. The configuration of the driver compartment was changed during production, creating two variants as well.
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