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Italian Fleet
P 420 Sparviero Pack
Schnellboot S-38b
General characteristics
31 peopleCrew
115 tDisplacement
3Number of section
40 mm (wood)Hull armor
4 mm (wood)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannonTurret
2000 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
480 shots/minFire rate
-4° / 60°Vertical guidance
2 cm/65 C/30 automatic cannonTurret
2000 roundsAmmunition
20 roundsBelt capacity
276 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 50°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
2 x 7.92 mm MG34 machine gunTurret
3000 roundsAmmunition
150 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
2 x 533 mm G7a torpedoSetup 1
6 x WBD depth chargeSetup 2
2 x 533 mm G7a torpedo
6 x WBD depth charge
Setup 3
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/410 / 514/320 / 401Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png60 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage S-38b.jpg

The Schnellboot S-38b is a rank II German motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

The S-38b is nearly identical to the S-38 in terms of survivability. The S-38b has the same hull construction and composition, yet the bridge is constructed of 10 mm thick anti-fragmentation armour. This means the bridge is more resilient to damage on the S-38b than S-38.


The S-38b is also nearly identical to the S-38 in terms of mobility. It too is quick and agile. The difference is that the S-38b is slightly quicker forwards at 106 KPH (66 MPH).

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 106 33
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 76 24


Primary armament

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Secondary armament

Main article: MG34 (7.92 mm)

The main difference between the S-38 and the S-38b is the presence of MG34 machine guns. These machine guns are more suited towards firing upon aircraft instead of ships; citing their meagre calibre. The machine guns are mounted behind the bridge and are initially aimed upwards. The location of these machine guns allows them to fire on either side of the ship, and fire upon aircraft.

Torpedo armament

Main article: G7a (533 mm)

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Special armament

Main article: WBD depth charge

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Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 20 mm HET magazines
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 20 mm APT magazines Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Depth Charges Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Artillery Support Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons


  • Very close to the S-38, one could go from the S-38 to the S-38b with no special learning required
  • Main cannons are the same as the ones found on the S-38
  • Better armour then the armour found on the S-38
  • Quicker, while maintaining the same handling characteristics
  • Same BR as the S-38, meaning one can have the S-38 and S-38b in the same lineup
  • Still inexpensive to operate


  • Most flaws from the S-38 are maintained in the S-38b
  • Even with additional MG 34s, anti-air coverage is minimal


S-38b was a subclass of S-38 class Schnellboots (S-boots), these being later production ships. The S-38b class added an armored bridge to the design due to the lack of protection for the bridge on the original S-38 class. It was known as the Kallot (Eng: skull cap) because of its round shape. The S-38b class was eventually equipped with more powerful Daimler Benz MB 501 diesel engines, increasing the maximum speed.


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See also

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Germany boats
Motor torpedo boats  Jaguar-Klasse (140) · LS 3 · LS 4 Esau · R-boot R-301 · S-38 · S-38b · S-100 (1944) · S-100 (1945) · S-100 (S204) · VS-10
Motor gun boats  R-boot R-41 · R-boot R-130
Motor torpedo gun boats  Albatros-Klasse (143) · MZ1 · TS-Boot Proj. 206