Flakpanzer 38

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Flakpanzer 38
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Flakpanzer 38
AB RB SB
2.0 1.7 1.7
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Description

The Flakpanzer 38(t) auf Selbstfahrlafette 38(t) Ausführung M (Sd.Kfz. Index: Sd.Kfz. 140) is a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun used in World War II. It is occasionally referred to incorrectly as the Gepard, which may cause confusion with the unrelated Flakpanzer Gepard. The Flakpanzer 38(t) was based on the chassis of the KD LT vz. 38 light tank, a pre-war Czech design that was produced for the Wehrmacht as the Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) light tank after the German occupation until it was no longer effective on the battlefield. From November 1943 to February 1944, a total of 141 units were built, including the single prototype, and entered service in 1944.

Introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns", the Flakpanzer 38(t) provides an extremely diverse playing experience. Players can use armour-piercing ammunition belts to engage enemy ground targets or high-explosive ammunition belts to engage enemy aircraft. Given that most tanks in its rank are lightly armoured, players will have no trouble engaging most enemies they encounter. However, the gunner is completely exposed without protection, so it is critical to be constantly on the move and remain in cover.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 15 / 10
Turret7 / 0 / 0
Crew2 people
Visibility77 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm (65°) Front glacis
20 mm (14°) Lower glacis
15 mm 10-15 mm (40°) 8 mm
Gun shield 7 mm Turret front
7 mm Gun mantlet

The Flakpanzer 38(t) has thin but highly sloped front armour that resists small-calibre machine gun bullets and even 12.7 mm machine gun rounds at a distance. The gun shield will shrug off smaller rifle-calibre rounds but not 12.7 mm bullets and larger. Like its predecessor, the Flakpanzer I, it maintains a limited crew of two and is also easily destroyed by overpressure. Common threats include HE shells, artillery strikes, air-dropped bombs, HEAT projectiles, strafing planes and HMG fire.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB46 / 7 km/h
RB and SB43 / 7 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight9.8 t
Engine power
AB286 hp
RB and SB150 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB29.2 hp/t
RB and SB15.3 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 46 7 9.8 213 286 21.73 29.18
Realistic 43 7 133 150 13.57 15.31

Top speed and power-to-weight ratio are much higher than the Flakpanzer I, topping out at 46 km/h forward, -6 km/h backwards, and a power-to-weight ratio in realistic and simulator battles of 15.31 hp/ton.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB222 → 285 Sl icon.png
RB186 → 239 Sl icon.png
SB262 → 337 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications4 430 Rp icon.png
2 680 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost300 Ge icon.png
Crew training600 Sl icon.png
Experts2 100 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces110 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
20 / 20 / 20 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
135 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
120 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
120 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
360 Rp icon.png
Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
85 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
360 Rp icon.png
Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
85 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
135 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
120 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
135 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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20mm_kwk_30_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
135 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
120 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
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20mm_kwk_30_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
120 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
360 Rp icon.png
Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
85 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Cost:
220 Sl icon.png
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For this vehicle, two very important modifications to keep an eye out for are the Sprgr. and PzGr.40 ammo belts. The first provides a boost to the vehicle's anti-air capabilities, being completely filled with high explosive shells, and the second turns the Flakpanzer into a deadly anti-tank machine with high-penetration HVAP rounds.

Armaments

Main armament

20 mm FlaK38 cannon
Ammunition1 080 rounds
Belt capacity20 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.9 → 3.0 s
Fire rate480 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 90°
Main article: FlaK38 (20 mm)

The gun has sufficient HE shells for planes, 37 mm penetration AP-I, and 48 mm penetration HVAP. The belt size is identical. Reload between clips is long. The gun can penetrate most enemies the tank encounters, barring Valentines, Matildas, B1 bis, B1 ter, and T-28E.

20 mm FlaK38 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 1,080 (20) 480 -10°/+90° ±180° N/A 30.82 42.66 51.79 57.28 60.94 3.90 3.45 3.18 3.00
Realistic 20.83 24.50 29.75 32.90 35.00

Ammunition

  • Default: API-T · HEFI-T* · HEFI-T* · HEFI-T*
  • Sprgr.: HEFI-T*
  • PzGr.: API-T
  • PzGr.40: HVAP-T · API-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEFI-T* 5 4 3 2 2 2
API-T 37 34 23 14 9 6
HVAP-T 48 45 31 20 13 8
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HEFI-T* 900 0.12 0.1 0.1 10.2 79° 80° 81°
API-T 800 0.15 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HVAP-T 1,050 0.1 - - - 66° 70° 72°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Flakpanzer 38
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
54 (+53) Yes

Usage in battles

At the start of the match, you can camp around the spawn point and wait until the enemy planes show up, this is the safest way, but it's passive and not efficient in terms of getting kills. So if you are brave / skilled enough, use it as a light tank as it has 42 km/h top speed. The 20 mm cannon is very deadly against any light and fast vehicles, it can finish up their crew easily when penetrated. However you must be very careful as the Flakpanzer 38 only has 2 crew, and losing one means death. Unfortunately, the gunner is the most exposed and unprotected crew and is extremely vulnerable to everything: artillery, MG fire, planes, small bombs, rockets, etc. Do whatever you can to stay alive, as this vehicle has more potential as the match progresses. Pick on those soft targets and avoid heavily armoured ones to ensure effective penetration and killing.

When shooting planes, avoid opening fire when the plane is far away from you. This will only waste your ammo and give your position away to both the plane and the tanks. Instead you have two tactics: one is to passively wait until the plane flies close and is unaware of you, then suddenly open fire. The other tactic is a bit risky. First find a good cover so you are not likely to get shot from tanks. Then regardless of the plane's distance from you, fire some random shells at it to get their attention. Once they know you're there, a lot of pilots will turn towards you and try to kill you, knowing that SPAAs usually have weak protection. When they're flying head-on towards you, use the fast fire rate and spray a stream of shells in their path and wait for them to crash into your shells, then quickly move away to dodge the bullets. Tip: aim slightly above the plane to compensate for the shell drop, as the distance between you and the plane is usually greater than you think.

In the late stages of the match you should be even more careful, as at this time most people will take out their SPAAs, and those fast-firing guns are your biggest threat. Try and be more aware of the surrounding situations, avoid running into anyone. Use the mobility to flank and the small profile to ambush.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great firepower: wonderful combination of rapid firerate, adequate velocity, 20 round mag and various belt types: The Sprgr. belt is destructive against low-tier aircraft, while the belt containing the PzGr.40 is very deadly against armoured targets (e.g. M3A3, T-60 or even the B1 bis)
  • Fast turret traverse allows it to keep up with close/fast targets easily, while the great gun elevation and depression means it can fight in any terrain
  • Small frontal profile allows it to hide behind cover or bushes easily, which mitigates against its lack of protection
  • Decent top speed of 42 km/h means it can get to certain positions alongside light tanks, which is great for ambushing
  • Thin turret armour can make some shells over-penetrate, dealing little damage
  • Hull armour can resist 12.7 mm bullets, commonly used on US tanks like M13 MGMC and M8 Greyhound

Cons:

  • Extremely poor survivability: only two crew protected by thin armour makes it easily to get destroyed by overpressure
  • Rather long reload time requires strict trigger control
  • The PzGr.40 belt is mixed with low-penetrating belts, reducing its anti-tank capability as half of the shells sometimes won't be able to penetrate
  • Slow reverse speed of only -6 km/h can get the player killed due to not being able to retreat from danger quickly

History


Archive of the in-game description

The Flakpanzer 38(t) self-propelled anti-air mount was a temporary transitional version that was used until the development of a real anti-air tank on the chassis of the Panzer IV was completed. The vehicle was produced from November 1943 to February 1944. The first 87 Flakpanzer 38(t) AA vehicles appeared at the front in January 1944 and made up Flugabwehrzüge (AA platoons) in tank divisions and tank grenadier divisions (sometimes in Waffen-SS divisions, such as the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" in Normandy 1944).

In 1944-1945, Flakpanzer 38(t) AA vehicles were used actively on the Italian and Western Fronts, where they were effective against low-flying aircraft.

A total of 141 Flakpanzer 38(t) AA vehicles were released.


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See also

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links

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Germany anti-aircraft vehicles
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.222
Half-track  Sd.Kfz.251/21 · Sd.Kfz. 6/2
Flakpanzer IV  Wirbelwind · Ostwind · Ostwind II · Kugelblitz
Other Flakpanzers  Flakpanzer I · Flakpanzer 38 · Flakpanzer 341
Wiesel AWC  Wiesel 1A4 · Ozelot
Radar SPAAG  Gepard · Gepard 1A2
Missile SPAA  FlaRakPz 1 · FlaRakRad