Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. H

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General info

Panzer II Ausf. H in the garage.

The Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. H (or the Panzer II H) is a gift Rank II German light tank with a battle rating of 2.3. It was introduced in Update 1.43. The most powerful Rank II light tank in the German tree line, it is armed with a 5 cm PaK 38, which is equivalent to the KwK 39 variant. Thus, it has the firepower to penetrate most tanks at its battle rating range despite its size.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Panzer II H, as a light tank, presents itself as a tank with high mobility and with a decent gun, but with barely any armour. Its speed and small size allows it to be played both as a sniper or as a flanker. The 5 cm PaK 38 gun makes it possible to even one shot enemies at great distances. The great speed and mobility make it possible to get up close to tanks and circle around them while staying out of their line of fire. On bigger maps like Kursk or Poland it is possible to go around the outer edges of the map and get behind the enemy lines.

Recommended is to take about 32 PzGr 39(APC) shells, and 8 PzGr 40(APCR) shells. Use the APCR shells on the T-34's you will occasionally meet, and the APC shells for all other tanks. The reason for this is that the APC shells do more damage, but have a lower penetration.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast, only a few other tanks are faster.
  • Good reverse speed.
  • Very good turn speed, can circle almost all tanks without the enemy being able to turn their turret in time.
  • Decent 50 mm gun.
  • Small profile, thus easier to evade shots.
  • Premium reward bonus.

Cons:

  • Almost no armour. It can make the occasional lucky bounce, but don't count on it.
  • Bad gun depression.
  • Easy to break transmission if you want to knock over trees or fences.
  • Mediocre ammo count.
  • Relatively long reload time 8 seconds.
  • Tank will wobble for 1-2s after stopping, requiring time to stabilize the gun for a precise shot.

Specifications

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Armament

1 x 5 cm PaK 38
  • Ammunition Capacity: 40 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 18°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 11.53°/s (Upgraded), 14.0°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 16.47°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.67s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 5.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 5 cm PaK 38
  • Ammunition Capacity: 40 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 18°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 14.0°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.67s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 5.9s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 5 cm PaK 38
  • Ammunition Capacity: 40 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 18°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 14.0°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.67s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 5.9s (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:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39 97 96 79 62 49 38 APC 835 2.1 1.2 25 +4° 48° 63° 71°
Sprgr. 38 4 4 4 4 4 4 HE 550 1.8 2.0 0.1 +0° 79° 80° 81°
PzGr 40/1 128 126 91 61 40 27 APCR 1140 1.1 N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
PzGr 40 150 149 108 72 48 32 APCR 1180 0.93 N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks foor the Panzer II H.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
40 27 (+13) 14 (+26) (+39) Left side empty: 27 (+13) no

Crew

  • Commander/Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 3 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof Belly
Hull 30 mm (12°) Front plate
10 mm (73°) Front glacis
30 mm (18°) Lower glacis
20 mm 20 mm 10 mm 5 mm
Turret 30 mm (17°) Turret front
20 mm Gun mantlet
20 mm N/A N/A N/A

Notes:

  • Structural wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 5 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 10.5 ton

Max Speed: 62 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 310 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 29.52 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 382 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 36.38 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 10.5 ton

Max Speed: 56 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 177 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.86 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 200 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.05 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 10.5 ton

Max Speed: 56 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 177 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.86 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 200 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.05 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

As a premium tank all upgrades are already unlocked. The "Mark of disticntion" can be earned, allowing for four decals without using a premium account.

History of creation and combat usage

Pretext

The Panzer II by April 1941 was already beginning to show its age from its thin armour and tiny 20 mm cannon. However, it was adequate in the role of a scout/reconnaissance tank and was used as such for another year in places such as the Soviet Union and Northern Africa before finally being retired. Since December 1939 however, there has been projects to create a faster, more armoured reconnaissance tank for the German Army. It was determined that these projects would use the Panzer II as its basis.

Development

In April 1941, prototypes of these new reconnaissance tanks were starting to come in and all were produced by MAN. The last was delivered in August 1942, with a total of four different prototype design completed. The prototypes range from increased armour and firepower in comparison to the Panzer II base model. The designs were: VK 9.01 (Ausf. G), VK 9.03 (Ausf. H), VK 16.01 (Ausf. J), and the VK 13.01 (Ausf. M). The Ausf. G had a 7.92 mm EW141 anti-tank heavy machine gun and a normal MG34 as a coaxial, the Ausf. H, J, and M were all equipped with a 20 mm KwK 38 and a coaxial machine gun. Armour on these designs were 30 mm maximum on all but the Ausf. J, which had 80 mm (enough that it was dubbed the “little tigers” by Russians and Germans alike). Some of these designs were later upgunned due to insufficient ballistics for the current cannon set up. Some tried to mount the French 37 mm SA 38 gun captured from the French campaign, but this was changed to the German 50 mm Pak 38 L/60, which is similar to the one mounted on the Panzer IIIs. This 50 mm cannon would see itself mounted on the VK 9.03 (Ausf. H) as its main armament instead of a 20 mm cannon.

On April 30, 1941, it was determined that the Panzer II Ausf. H was to be built in mass quantitites, 3500 to be Gegechtsaufklarungs (heavily armoured reconnaissance tanks), 10,950 to be normal recon tanks, and 2003 to be observation posts. This program was cancelled in September 1942 however. In early 1943, another program was proposed to convert the Ausf. H into a tank destroyer with the 75 mm Pak 42 gun, the same on the Panther tanks in a manner similar to the Marder series, but this never went through to designing and development.

Overall, none of these new prototype designs of the Panzer II made it into mass production scales and the entire program was cancelled. About twelve VK 9.01, one VK 9.03, twenty-two VK 16.01, and one VK 13.01 were created during the program. Of the designs, only the VK 16.01 saw service in the Eastern Front. These designs would influence the development of the Panzerspähwagen II Ausf. L "Luchs".

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the "Panzer II H" from live.warthunder.com.

Sights

Additional information (links)

[Vehicle Profile] Fast, Light and Dangerous: PzKpfw II Ausf.H

References


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Icon-country-der.png Panzer II Ausf. H
Nation Germany
Type Light tank
Rank 2
Battle Rating
2.3
2.3
2.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
10,500 kg
23,148 lb
Number of Crew 3
Hull armour thickness
30/20/20/10 mm
1.18/0.79/0.79/0.39 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
310 hp
177 hp
177 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
382 hp
200 hp
200 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
29.52
30.00
16.86
17.13
16.86
17.13
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
36.38
36.97
19.05
19.35
19.05
19.35
Max speed
62 km/h
38 mph
56 km/h
35 mph
56 km/h
35 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 50 mm PaK 38 Cannon
Ammo stowage 40 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/18°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 8,100 SL
Max repair cost*
1,070 SL
1,560 SL
1,940 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
1h 34m
4h 09m
4h 09m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
31m
1h 23m
1h 23m
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