The 5 cm Pak38 auf Pz.Kpfw.II Sonderfahrgestell 901 is a premium gift rank II German light tank with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.43 as the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. H (shortened to Pz.II H). 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. It has since been made available for purchase in-game with Golden Eagles temporarily for the 2021 and 2022 "German Unity Day" mini-events.
Survivability and armour
Having 30 mm of frontal armour, this tank isn't made for the frontline. The three crew members mean that single-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.
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 30 mm (13°) Upper plate
10 mm (74°) Upper glacis
30 mm (18°) Lower plate
5 mm (68°) Lower glacis
|20 mm||20 mm (4-16°)||10 mm|
|Turret|| 30 mm (17°) Turret front
20 mm Gun mantlet
|20 mm (12°)|
- Suspension wheels and torsion bars are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
- Belly armour is 5 mm thick.
- A 5 mm thick plate separates the crew compartment from the engine compartment.
- Mudguards are 4 mm thick.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
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
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)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|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.Sfl.Ic 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.Sfl.Ic, 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
|Archive of the 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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