Pz.Kpfw. 35(t)

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General info

Panzer 35(t) in the garage.

The Pz.Kpfw. 35(t) is a reserve Rank I light tank with a battle rating of 1.0. It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) is a small nimble beginners tank. It boasts a decent 37mm cannon, which can easily get through most armour at its tier. The tank is primarily a support tank, helping the larger tanks push forward. The armour is not heavy, and most cannons and autocannons can easily get through it. Always try to make use of your gun depression, hiding your hull behind terrain and obstacles, while exposing only your turret to the enemy.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

The Pz.Kpfw. 35(t), compared to other reserve tanks such as the T-26, M2A4 and BT-5, can be described as a jack of all trades. It’s not as fast as the BT-5 or M2A4, but is definitely faster and more agile than the T-26. The gun’s penetration is lower than US or Soviet reserve tier tank guns, but is still sufficient to penetrate most other tanks in the opposition on its given BR spread. One advantage of the gun is its ability to utilise sub-caliber APCR ammunition, but since your basic rounds are more than enough to defeat the armour of your foes, you would only need to use them very rarely.

As reserve tanks can easily destroy each other even from the front, be sure to be the one to fire first and preferably aim for turrets to disable the enemy gunner and/or gun breech – this will give you time to land a second killing blow and prevent return fire. Your unsloped armour is too thin to ensure safe ricochets and will be penetrated even by 20 mm autocannons, so always angle your hull to give you at least some chance of ricochet. As for a choice between the Pz.Kpfw. II and Pz.Kpfw. 35(t) as your starter tank – the Panzer II is somewhat faster and more agile and has the advantage of stronger frontal armour and sheer rate of fire due to its autocannon. The Panzer 35(t) has the advantage in mid-range penetration, as the light 20 mm autocannon rounds lose their penetration over distance rapidly. To sum the differences up, the Pz.Kpfw. II is more of a front-line brawler, while the Pz.Kpfw. 35(t) is more suited to second line sniping and support roles.

This Czech machine can be a fun tank to play and will be the first contact with German armour in War Thunder for many players. If you’re a rookie, use this tank to learn the basics of War Thunder tank warfare. If you’re a veteran player seeking a break from higher tier tank carnage, you can always return to your roots at the reserve tier. Further research of the Pz.Kpfw. 35(t) will then lead you to the famous Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) light tank, featuring an improved gun and mobility.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 37 mm gun is good to deal with most threats.
  • Excellent gun depression and compact size allows great use of terrain as a cover.
  • Gun is also quite accurate, making longer range engagements easier.
  • Can carry a large amount of different shells.
  • One of the best climbing abilities in the game.
  • Short reload time.
  • Good turret traverse speed.

Cons:

  • Armour is overall weak.
  • As a light tank, can't take much frontal hits well from heavier and bigger adversaries.
  • Handling at low speeds is quite cumbersome.
  • Low top speed.
  • Small crew in small compartment, easy to knock out.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 3.7 cm KwK 34(t) (72 Rounds)
1 x 7.92 mm vz. 37 machine gun (1,800 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 3.7 cm KwK 34(t)
  • Ammunition Capacity: 72 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 11.5°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 4.3s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 3.7 cm KwK 34(t)
  • Ammunition Capacity: 72 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 4.3s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 3.7 cm KwK 34(t)
  • Ammunition Capacity: 72 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 4.3s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Pzgr. 34(t) 47 46 37 29 22 17 APC 675 0.85 1.3 15 22.1 +4° 48° 63° 71°
PzGr. 40 85 83 45 21 2 1 APCR 982 0.37 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Pzgr.(t) umg. 55 54 46 35 27 20 APCBC 675 0.82 1.3 15 22.1 +4° 48° 63° 71°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Panzer 35(t).
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
72 37 (+35) (+71) Right side empty: 37 (+35) No

Secondary armament

1 x 7.92 mm vz. 37 machine gun

Crew

  • Commander/Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (18°) Front plate
16 mm (80°) Front Glacis
25 mm (10-31°) Lower glacis
16 mm (3°) Top
16 mm (1°) Bottom
12 mm Top
16 mm Bottom
12 mm (60°) Top
16 mm (0-36°) Bottom
Turret 25 mm (11°) Turret front
25 mm (9-73°) Gun mantlet
16 mm (1-16°) 16 mm (15-16°) 8 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 25 mm 25 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick, bogies are 8 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 8 mm thick.
  • The lowest part of the turret front is only 16 mm thick, very vulnerable to quick-firing tanks like Pz.II C

Engine & mobility

Weight: 10.5 ton

Max Speed: 37 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 186 hp @ 1800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.71 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 229 hp @ 1800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 21.81 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 10.5 ton

Max Speed: 33 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 106 hp @ 1800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.09 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 120 hp @ 1800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.43 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 10.5 ton

Max Speed: 33 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 106 hp @ 1800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.09 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 120 hp @ 1800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.43 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The Panzer 35(t) was developed in Czechoslovakia when the army requested a design following some requirements to be made by the end of 1934. Škoda developed a design with a pneumatic system and engine used in its previous tank prototypes SU or S-II. A prototype of this new design dubbed S-II-a was delivered in 1935 in summer, along with their competition ČKD's P-II-a, which was basically an improved version of the current P-II light tank in service. Both hold three crew members and have the same 37 mm Kwk 34(t) gun. Škoda's design was heavier, but with more armour at 25 mm thick. Škoda's design was chosen as it was believed that the P-II-a was pushing the limits of an older design while the S-II-a had upgrade potential. This was renamed the LT vz. 35 in Czechoslovakia.

The first order of the LT vz. 35s was 160 units, Škoda and ČKD both produced the tank and deliveries started coming in December 1936. The rushed development meant many defects existed in the tanks and had to be returned for repairs. A total of 298 LT vz. 36 tanks were made into armoured regiments in four division in 1936-1939, they mostly saw use in Czechoslovakia at this time in suppressing riots and protests from the Sudeten German Party. After 1939, when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia, 244 of the LT vz. 35s were seized by the Germans and called the L. T.M.35 until January 1940, where it was redesignated the Pz.Kpfw. 35(t), or the Panzer 35(t).

Combat usage

Germany used these tanks in its future conquests as a substitute for the Panzer IIIs, 132 of the Panzer 35(t)s were used in the Battle of France, with a total loss of 62 tanks. The invasion of the Soviet Union had 160 of these tanks used, many broke down due to the parts reaching the end of their service life. With the end of the Panzer 35(t) production, the only way to repair these tanks was the cannibalization of other Panzer 35(t) and these issues called for the Panzer 35(t) to be retired after Operation Barbarossa. Plus, they were becoming obsolete in terms of armament and armour, especially when against the Russian T-34 and KV-1 tanks. All remaining Panzer 35(t) in commission was replaced with newer tanks in April 1942 and sold to Romania.

The Panzer 35(t) brought interest from other countries when it was developed. Romania ordered 126 of these tanks in August 1936, Afghanistan ordered 10 in 1940 (though these ended up in Bulgaria). Even the Soviets were interested and the S-II-a prototype and one regular one was sent to them for testing, they offered to buy the prototype, but Škoda refused unless they bought a license as well since they believe the Soviets would simply copy the design without paying. Production of the Panzer 35(t) ended with a total of 434 built plus its variants from 1936 to 1940. One variant of the Panzer 35(t) was the TACAM R-2, which was a tank destroyer developed in Romania using the Soviet 76.2 mm gun.

The Panzer 35(t) was a simple light tank at the start of the war, comparable with the German's Panzer III medium tanks, though like most pre-war tanks, they became obsolete really soon due to the arms race for bigger and better tanks.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the 35(t) from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-der.png Panzer 35(t)
Nation Germany
Type Light tank
Rank Reserve
Battle Rating
1.0
1.0
1.0
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Characteristics
Weight
10,500 kg
23,148 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
25/16/16/12 mm
0.98/0.63/0.63/0.47 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
186 hp
106 hp
106 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
229 hp
120 hp
120 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
17.71
18.00
10.09
10.26
10.09
10.26
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
21.81
22.16
11.43
11.61
11.43
11.61
Max speed
37 km/h
23.1 mph
33 km/h
20.8 mph
33 km/h
20.8 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 37 mm KwK 34(t) Cannon
Ammo stowage 72 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/25°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.92 mm vz.37 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,800 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 0 SL
Max repair cost* 0 SL
Free repair time (Stock) 0m
Free repair time (Upgraded) 0m
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