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The 5 cm Pak38 auf Pz.Kpfw.II Sonderfahrgestell 901 is a gift rank II German light tank with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43 as the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. H (shortened to Pz.II H) as part of the "Heavy Armor advanced pack". In Update 1.89, the vehicle was renamed to the current designation. It was purchasable from the store until the 2021 May sale after which it was removed from sale.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull30 / 20 / 20
Turret30 / 20 / 20
Crew3 people
Visibility75 %

Having 30 mm of frontal armour, this tank isn't made for the frontline. The three crew members mean that 1-shot destruction is a common possibility. Worse still, this tank has no roof protection with the cloth covering being only cosmetic. Unfortunately, this also means that you are very vulnerable to aircraft attacks too. Your demure silhouette will let you easily hide in the small nooks and crannies of maps and lets you cover your entire tank with bushes for extra concealment.


Speedforward / back
AB62 / 12 km/h
RB and SB56 / 11 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
1 back
Weight10.5 t
Engine power
AB382 hp
RB and SB200 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB36.4 hp/t
RB and SB19.0 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 62 12 10.5 310 382 29.52 36.38
Realistic 56 11 177 200 16.86 19.05

The Pz.Sfl.Ic has a power-to-weight ratio of nearly 20 hp/ton which translates to a very mobile and nimble tank. The top speed of 56 km/h (RB) is good but still pales in comparison next to the 90 km/h of the Puma armoured cars. However, its tracks handle much better at high speeds than the Puma's wheels, and it is able to make far tighter turns and faster stops. The maximum reverse speed is -10 km/h, which for a tank is decent and will let you easily get out of perilous situations where other tanks of the same rank struggle when retreating.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 400 Sl icon.png
RB2 300 Sl icon.png
SB2 100 Sl icon.png
Crew training8 100 Sl icon.png
Experts54 000 Sl icon.png
Aces210 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 50 / 70 / 90 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Mods extinguisher.png
Mods tank reinforcement ger.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank ammo.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods airstrike.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods tank ammo.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics


Main armament

Ammunition40 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
7.6 → 5.9 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 18°
Main article: PaK38 (50 mm)

The 50 mm PaK38 is probably the best gun you can find at this battle rating. The shells have decent penetration, good post pen damage and an incredible APCR round makes this tank able to punch way above its weight. Don't be afraid to take this tank into higher rank battles. Beware, though, it will struggle against the upper front plate of T-34s and Shermans, so remember their frontal weak spots. Not that you should be engaging those tanks frontally anyway. Always bring high explosive rounds, as the lack of any secondary armament makes lighter vehicles harder to fight effectively.

50 mm PaK38 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 40 -5°/+18° ±180° N/A 13.3 18.4 22.4 24.8 26.4 7.67 6.79 6.25 5.90
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
PzGr 39 APC 106 102 85 68 54 43
PzGr 40/1 APCR 130 121 90 62 43 29
PzGr 40 APCR 137 126 88 56 36 23
Sprgr. 38 HE 5 5 5 5 5 5
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39 APC 835 2.05 1.2 9 28.9 48° 63° 71°
PzGr 40/1 APCR 1,130 1.07 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
PzGr 40 APCR 1,180 0.9 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
Sprgr. 38 HE 550 1.81 0 0.1 170 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Pz.Sfl.Ic
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
40 27 (+13) 14 (+26) 1 (+39) Yes


  • Racks disappear after all shells in the rack have been shot or loaded.
  • The visual discrepancy concerns the number of shells per rack:
    • For rack 1, 20 shells are modeled for 14 available.
    • For racks 2 & 3, 11 shells are modeled for 13 available.

Usage in battles

In battles, it performs well as a scout vehicle with its high mobility in all game modes. It can also function well as a tank destroyer with its high penetration power. It has very little gun depression, which means you won't be able to reliably shoot over hills. It also lacks a machine gun to combat planes and open-topped vehicles, which can be a burden.

It's advised that you keep on the move while using the Pz.Slf.lc as any aircraft with guns can take out your turret crew which will knock your vehicle out. Most SPAAs at your BR will also be able to penetrate your hull even frontally, so try to stay out of sight. You are generally safe from .50 cal HMGs although from the rear and non-angled sides they can still penetrate.

In the Pz.Slf.lc, you should avoid well-protected tanks like the KV-1 (L-11), the T-34 (1940) or the M4A3 (105) as their armour will make it difficult for your 50 mm cannon to penetrate in an uptier. Your cannon still can go through any of their weak spots. Generally, you should stay on the move and make sure you're not spotted, try to stay off the frontline, but don't be afraid to use your gun if you have to since it's very potent at its BR except against the most armoured targets.

Pros and cons


  • Has a gun which will reliably penetrate pretty much any of its expected enemies
  • Is very, very fast (Max speed off-road of around 56 km/h)
  • Has a decent reload speed
  • Has the scouting ability, can earn you some extra silver lions and valuable intel for your team
  • Because of lack of armour, some shells will pass right through you
  • Can change positions very quickly if needed
  • Can get to the cap points and good positions early in the match


  • Weak armour - trade-off of speed for less weight
  • Open top, planes can destroy the vehicle with machine guns when strafing very easily
  • No stabiliser, which means that the gun will take a moment to settle after stopping the tank
  • Has very bad depression angles
  • Can get slowed down in difficult terrain
  • If your tracks or engine are knocked out, you are a basically a sitting duck


In-game description

In July, 1940 Armament Command ordered two light tank prototypes with enhanced weaponry from the company MAN. Rheinmetall-Borsig built the cannons and the bulkheads comprising the body.

In January, 1942 four tanks were produced and immediately sent to the Eastern Front as part of the 1st and 3rd squads of the 559 Antitank Battalion.

An open-top rotating hexagonal turret with no rear wall was installed. Its primary weapon was a 50mm KwK 39.



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Germany light tanks
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Sd.kfz 234  Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/2 · Sd.Kfz.234/2 TD
Marder  Marder A1- · Marder 1A3 · Begleitpanzer 57
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Class 3 (P) · Radkampfwagen 90
Other  Ru 251
Argentina  TAM · TAM 2C · TAM 2IP · JaPz.K A2
Czechoslovakia  Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Sd.Kfz. 140/1
USA  leKPz M41

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