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Pz38t (Stock)

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Totals
33000 Price
200 Hit Points
9.3 / 9.9 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
25/15/15Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
25/15/15Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
120 h.p.Engine Power
42 km/hSpeed Limit
32 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
40 Standard Shell Damage
42 mmStandard Shell Penetration
2.3 Time for Complete Loading
32 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
310 mView Range
290 mSignal Range
III
Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t)
33000
This tank was developed for the Czechoslovakian Army. However, it was mostly produced for the Panzerwaffe from 1939 through 1942, with a total of 1,411 vehicles manufactured.

Visually, it's not that different than its predecessor, the Pz.Kpfw. 35 (t). It offers increased top speed and mounts a more powerful gun, but sacrifices traverse speed and has 1mm less armor on the sides and rear.

Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t)

Stock

LTL
Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III LT-40-Turm 1200 25/15/15 32 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 3,7 cm KwK 38 (t) L/47 100 42/74/18 40/40/45 26.09 0.41 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine II Praga TNPS 350 120 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II PzKpfw-38-(t)-Standardketten 3200 9.9 32
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio II FuG 37 0 290

LTL

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III LT-40-Turm 1200 25/15/15 32 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 110 39/51/18 11/11/45 153.85 0.45 1.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III Praga EPA/2 470 140 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II PzKpfw-38-(t)-Standardketten 3200 9.9 32
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

PzKpfw 38(t) F

Recon

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III LT-40-Turm 1200 25/15/15 32 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 110 39/51/18 11/11/45 153.85 0.45 1.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III Praga EPA/2 470 140 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III PzKpfw 38 (t) verstärkte Ketten 3200 12.3 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VIII FuG 8 0 550

PzKpfw 38(t) (4.7cm) G

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV PzKpfw-38-(t)-Turm Ausf. G 1800 25/15/15 32 330
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 4,7 cm PaK 38 (t) L/43 100 62/115/24 60/60/75 26.09 0.37 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Praga EPA/3 470 200 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III PzKpfw 38 (t) verstärkte Ketten 3200 12.3 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VIII FuG 8 0 550

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Springs
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Chocolate
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good damage and penetration
  • Good rate of fire
  • Good accuracy, aim time, and elevation arc
  • Good view and signal range
  • Good manoeuvrability


Cons:


  • Low top speed and traverse speed
  • Low ammo capacity
  • Thin armour


Performance

This tank was designed as a combat tank, not a scout, so gauge its speed and manoeuvrability accordingly. The traverse speed is vastly inferior to the Pz.Kpfw. 35 (t), though the overall manoeuvrability and handling characteristics are significantly improved. Fortunately, it has the 4,7 cm Pak 38 L/43 gun, which is probably the highlight of this tank. This gun is insanely light at only 100 kg, yet it's no slouch, with good damage, penetration, accuracy, and rate of fire for this tank's tier. It's roughly equivalent to the 700 kg 5 cm KwK 38 L/42, with 10 less damage, but with slightly better penetration and vastly improved accuracy. While the acceleration could be better, once it gets up to speed, it's able to maintain it well. This means the tank can hit targets while running around quite well.

Unless you're in the top tier, you should avoid head-on engagements. You don't have the armour for it and it means you won't be mobile, which is your best defence. Typically you'll want to play as a support tank if you're not going for the enemy's artillery or acting as a passive scout. Use hull-down positions whenever possible and remain undetected, as you may find yourself quickly destroyed. Stay on the move, relocate often, especially in tier V battles, so the artillery and hostile guns won't pinpoint your location. The good mobility makes this tank a great flanker.

To perform well, exercising caution is important. Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) has fairly thin armour, but its good gun depression, small size and good camouflage factor help alleviate the problem. The 4,7 cm Pak 38 L/43 gun has a great rate of fire, great penetration and good alpha damage, enabling you to dispatch tier II and III enemies with ease and remain competitive even in tier V battles. Guerilla tactics work very well, use cover, pop out to shoot and minimise exposure to the enemy.


Early Research

  • Both the FuG 5 and FuG 8 radios carry over from the PzKpfw 35 (t), as well as the 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 auto-cannon.
  • Upgrade the suspension first for weight capacity, increased traverse speed, and because it's cheap.
  • Next either go for the 4,7 cm PaK 38 (t) L/43 gun or the Praga EPA/3 engine.
  • Now get whichever one you didn't get on the line above.
  • If you haven't researched the FuG 8 yet, do so, because it's a great radio that only weighs 50 kg.
  • Finally, research the Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A. tank.


Historical Info

PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf S

The LT(Light Tank) vz.(model) 38 was destined to become one of the most widely used Czechoslovakian tanks, although not in Czechoslovak hands. Ordered into production in 1938, the LT-38 drew on the experience from the earlier LT-35 and became the most successful product of the Czechoslovakian industry. LT-38s in different variants was exported to many countries and gained an excellent reputation among its foreign users such as Sweden (THN Sv), Iran / Persia (TNH), Peru (LTP), Switzerland (LTH - Pz39), and Lithuania (LTL).

On March 23rd of 1939, CKD (Ceskomoravska Kolben Danek) delivered single LT-38 tanks to the Royal Armored Corps’ Gunnery School at Lulworth for demonstration, with hopes of selling tanks to the RAC. The demonstration was concluded with a report that stated the following: "On the whole, the machine is almost equivalent to our cruiser tanks, but little experience or experiment has gone into the design of the fighting compartment, and performance has been obtained at the expense of the crew and general fight-ability." The report largely critized the LT-38 and the RAC did not purchase any tanks from CKD.

The 1938/39, German take-over of the Czechoslovakian state led to the confiscation of 150 LT-38s in production in March 1939, and CKD/Praga was ordered to complete them all. All of them were incorporated into the German Army as the PzKpfw 38 (t) Ausf A - Sd.Kfz.140. After the German take-over of Czechoslovakia, the LT-38 became one of the most important tanks used by the Panzertruppe and was retained in production as a tank until June of 1942. During the war, PzKpfw 38 (t)s were exported and saw service with German Allies including: Romania (50), Slovakia (90), Bulgaria (10), and Hungary (102). The PzKpfw 38 (t) also saw service with the Allies. A single tank was captured by the British and French in May / June 1940. Another example (turret number 543) was captured either during the Italian Campaign in 1943 or Normandy in 1944 and was tested in England. Numbers of PzKpfw 38 (t)s were captured and pressed into service by the Red Army. A number of PzKpfw 38 (t)s in service with the Slovak Army participated in the Slovak national uprising in August of 1944. Finally, in May of 1945, the PzKpfw 38 (t), now known as the LT-38/37 (37 standing for 37mm gun,) was back in service with the Czechoslovakian Army as a training tank until the early 1950s.

PzKpfw 38 (t)

Approximately 1400 PzKpfw 38 (t)s were produced in 8 different variants (Ausf A/B/C/D/E/F/S/G) with various modifications, improved armor protection, and armed with Czech-made 37mm Skoda A7 vz.38 guns designated by the Germans as 37mm KwK 38(t) L/48 (L/47.8). It is interesting to note that Ausf Ss were vehicles purchased by Sweden, but impounded by the Germans in the Spring of 1940. Instead, Germans granted Scania-Vabis licence and production rights, who in turn produced the Strv m/41. The early model's construction was riveted (and a direct hit on its armor plate could tear rivet heads off and kill or wound the crew), while the later model's construction was largely welded. Later on, earlier models were up-armored and a few were possibly rearmed with the German-made 37mm KwK 35/36 L/46.5 gun, but it is unconfirmed.

A number were also converted to flamerthrower tanks by replacing the hull machine gun with a flamethrower, while fuel was supplied from a towed single-axle trailer carrying 200 liters of fuel by a hose. There was also the PzKpfw 38 (t) swimming tank with a prototype AP-1 float, but it never entered production.

Further production of the PzKpfw 38 (t)’s chassis continued with improved models of Ausf H/K/L/M, which were used as a base for various vehicles (such as the Marder III Ausf H/M, Bison/Grille Ausf H/K/M, and Hetzer). In addition, older models returned for repair were often used as a base for a conversion.

PzKpfw 38 (t)s were built under German supervision and saw extensive service in Poland (3rd Leichte Division), Norway (XXXI Armee Korps), France (6th, 7th and 8th Panzer Division), Balkans (8th Panzer Division), and Russia (6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 19th and 20th Panzer Division). During the fighting in Russia, the need for heavier armor and armament made the PzKpfw 38 (t) inadequate and in 1942, it was relegated to other duties (e.g. reconnaissance and service in armored trains).

In September of 1939, plans were laid for the development of a fast/light reconnaissance tank and in early 1942, 15 PzKpfw 38 (t) nAs (neuer Art) were produced by BMM (Praga/CKD), but its design was not accepted for production. In 1942, the usual German process of adapting the chassis for other purposes commenced with vehicles such as the Marder III and Flakpanzer 38(t). In 1942 and 1943, a number of PzKpfw 38 (t)s had their turrets removed and were converted to driver training vehicles that, late in the war, were mounted with wood-burning generators. Training vehicles based on turret-less tanks were designated as PzKpfw 38 (t) Schulfahrwannes and were used by school units of the Wehrmacht and NSKK. Some 351 PzKpfw 38 (t) turrets were used for German fortifications in Norway (75), Denmark (20), Western Atlantic shore (9), Italy (25), Southwest Europe (150), and the Eastern Europe/Front (78).

One of the most interesting conversions was the Aufklärungspanzer 38 (t) - Sd.Kfz.141/1. They were used as reconnaissance vehicles fitted with the "Hangelafette" turret (20mm KwK 38 L/55 gun and MG42 - used in armored cars) or armed with the 75mm KwK 37 L/24 (and MG42) gun mounted in the modified superstructure. Only 50 to 70 Aufklärungspanzer 38(t)s armed with the 20mm gun were built from late 1943 to early 1944, and only 2 Aufklarungspanzer 38(t)s, armed with 75mm gun, were built in 1944.


Historical Gallery

Germany
Light Tanks ILeichttraktor mark_id mark_id IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIPz.Kpfw. 35 (t) IIPz.Kpfw. I IIPz.Kpfw. II IIIPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) IIIPz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A mark_id IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G IIIT-15 IVPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A. IVPz.Kpfw. II Luchs VVK 16.02 Leopard VIVK 28.01 VIIAufklärungspanzer Panther VIIISpähpanzer Ru 251
Medium Tanks IIIPz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A IIIPz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f) IVPz.Kpfw. III IVPz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D IVVK 20.01 (D) VPz.Kpfw. III/IV VPz.Kpfw. IV VPz.Kpfw. IV Hydrostat VPz.Kpfw. V/IV VPz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H VT-25 VIPz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm VIVK 30.01 (P) VIVK 30.01 (D) VIVK 30.02 (M) VIIPanther/M10 VIIPz.Kpfw. V Panther VIIVK 30.02 (D) VIIIPanther mit 8,8 cm L/71 VIIIIndien-Panzer VIIIPanther II IXE-50 IXLeopard prototyp A XE-50 Ausf. M XLeopard 1
Heavy Tanks IVPz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f) IVDurchbruchswagen 2 VVK 30.01 (H) VIVK 36.01 (H) VIIPz.Kpfw. VI Tiger VIIPz.Kpfw. VI Tiger (P) VIIILöwe VIIIPz.Kpfw. Tiger II VIIIVK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A IXE-75 IXVK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B XE-100 XMaus
Tank Destroyers IIPanzerjäger I IIIMarder II IVHetzer IVMarder 38T VPz.Sfl. IVc VStuG III Ausf. G VIDicker Max VIJagdpanzer IV VINashorn VIIE-25 VIIJagdpanther VIISturer Emil VIIIFerdinand VIIIJagdpanther II VIII8,8 cm PaK 43 Jagdtiger VIIIRhm.-Borsig Waffenträger IXJagdtiger IXWaffenträger auf Pz. IV XJagdpanzer E-100 XWaffenträger auf E 100
Self-Propelled Artillery IIG.Pz. Mk. VI (e) IIISturmpanzer I Bison IIIWespe IVPz.Sfl. IVb IVSturmpanzer II VGrille VIHummel VIIG.W. Panther VIIIG.W. Tiger (P) IXG.W. Tiger XG.W. E-100
Light Tanks
USA IT1 Cunningham mark_id IIM2 Light Tank IIT1E6-X mark_id IIT1E6-X1 IIT2 Light Tank IIT7 Combat Car IIIM22 Locust mark_id IIIM3 Stuart IIIMTLS-1G14 IVM5 Stuart VM24 Chaffee VIT21 VIT37 VIIM41 Walker Bulldog VIIT71 VIIIM41B Brazilian Bulldog VIIIT49 mark_id
UK IICruiser Mk. I IICruiser Mk. III mark_id IIICruiser Mk. IV IIICruiser Mk. II IVValentine IVCovenanter VCrusader
Germany ILeichttraktor mark_id mark_id IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIPz.Kpfw. 35 (t) IIPz.Kpfw. I IIPz.Kpfw. II IIIPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) IIIPz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A mark_id IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G IIIT-15 IVPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A. IVPz.Kpfw. II Luchs VVK 16.02 Leopard VIVK 28.01 VIIAufklärungspanzer Panther VIIISpähpanzer Ru 251
France IRenault FT IID1 IIHotchkiss H35 IIIAMX 38 IVAMX 40 VELC AMX VIAMX 12 t VIF224 AMX Chaffee VIIAMX 13 75 VIIIAMX 13 90
USSR IMS-1 IIBT-2 IIT-26 IIT-60 IITetrarch IIIBT-7 IIIBT-SV IIIM3 Light IIIT-127 IIIT-46 IIIT-70 IVA-20 IVT-50 IVT-80 IVValentine II VIMT-25 VIILTTB VIIIT-54 ltwt.
China IRenault NC-31 IIVickers Mk. E Type B IIIType 2597 Chi-Ha IVM5A1 Stuart VI59-16 VIType 64 VIIWZ-131 VIIIWZ-132
Japan IRenault Otsu IIType 95 Ha-Go IIIType 98 Ke-Ni IVType 5 Ke-Ho
Czechoslovakia
Sweden
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