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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
1 200 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
480 shots/minFire rate
-4° / 60°Vertical guidance
2 cm/65 C/30 automatic cannonTurret
1 200 roundsAmmunition
20 roundsBelt capacity
276 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 50°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
2 x 7.92 mm MG34 machine gunTurret
3 000 roundsAmmunition
150 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
2 x 533 mm G7e (mod. T5a) torpedoSetup 1
6 x WBD depth chargeSetup 2
2 x 533 mm G7e (mod. T5a) torpedo
6 x WBD depth charge
Setup 3
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png/310 / 386/240 / 299Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage S-38b.jpg

The Schnellboot S-38b is a rank I 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).


Primary armament

The main weapons are identical to the S-38, any gunnery lessons and practices learned from the S-38 are immediately applicable to the S-38b.

Secondary armament

Main article: MG 34 (7.92 mm)

The main difference between the S-38 and the S-38b is the presence of MG 34 machineguns. These machineguns are more suited towards firing upon aircraft instead of ships; citing their meagre calibre. The machineguns are mounted behind the bridge and are initially aimed upwards. The location of these machineguns allows them to fire on either side of the ship, and fire upon aircraft.

Torpedo armament

Many ships are armed with torpedo launchers, and for some vessels such as boats, torpedoes are an extremely important means of defeating an opponent. Evaluate the position of the torpedo launchers, discuss the ammunition available, firing specifics such as dead zones, features of the torpedoes themselves, etc.

Special armament

Main article: WBD depth charge

The S-38b has the same special weapons options as the S-38, including smokescreens, and depth charges.

Usage in battles

The S-38b should be used exactly as the S-38 is used. Though the S-38b has better anti-air coverage than the S-38, it should not be depended upon.


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

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


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See also

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