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The Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. F is a rank I German light tank with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.41.
The Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf.F variant is an up-armoured version of its predecessor - Ausf. A. Armour at all sides has been doubled, from 25/15/15 mm to a decent 50/30/30 mm. However, increased armour thickness brings additional weight, making the tank a bit slower than the Ausf. A variant. Gun remains the same, pretty good quick-firing 3,7 cm Kwk 38(t) L/48. It can still hold its ground at this BR, altough usage of APCR ammo is sometimes necessary, and damage of the gun is now lacking a bit compared to its competitors.
Survivability and armour
The Panzer 38(t) F has similar bad survivability to the Pz.35(t) and Pz.38(t) A, but it boasts double the front hull and turret front armour. This makes it frontally immune to many reserve rank guns, particularly Japanese, French, and Italian guns. Thus while it is harder to initially penetrate, once it is opened up it is taken out easily.
The Panzer 38(t) F has nearly identical mobility to the Pz.38(t) A, aside from slightly higher weight making it a tad more sluggish in all respects. The role on the map of finding and using ambush points is the same as its predecessors.
The gun is the same KwK 38(t) as the Panzer 38(t) A. It is slightly better than the Pz.35(t)'s gun, but not by a practical amount, and therefore is used in exactly the same way. 56 mm penetration APC-HE, 61 mm penetration APCBC-HE, and 93 mm penetration APCR. This works vs most things it encounters, but Valentines, B1 bis, B ter, Matildas, and Sherman 105s are nightmares, and the higher battle rating of 2.0 means it sees these often.
The tank has a 7.92 mm MG37(t) machine gun, which is good to hose down flak trucks, but not good for much else.
Usage in battles
The tank is the same average mobility that the predecessors of it have, and the okay-at-best gun means it needs to act the same way despite semi-frequently running into near-impossible situations against Valentines, B1s, Sherman 105s, and Matildas.
Pros and cons
- Decently good gun
- HE filler helps easily knock out things you can penetrate
- Armour is good against enemies encountered during down-tiers
- Has high-pen APCR for some of its armoured nemeses
- Many other tanks are faster than it
- When it does get penned, it generally gets destroyed in one shot due to the small crew compartment
- Gun is very inadequate in up-tiers
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A modified version of the Pz.38(t) light tank designed on the basis of combat experience in Poland. The tank’s armor was enhanced to 50 mm in the front and 30 mm on the sides. Two similar versions of the Pz. 38(t) Ausf. E and Ausf F were released between November, 1940 and October, 1941. 525 tanks were produced, including both versions.
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