The m.Schütz.Pz.Wg. (Sd.Kfz.251/10) is a premium gift rank I German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Raining Fire" as a reward for the 2020 Wargame "Strategist" event.
The mittlere Schützenpanzerwagen (3.7cm Pak) (Sd. Kfz. 251/10) was used as platoon leader's vehicle. Light armoured vehicles and slightly fortified positions could be fought effectively with the 3.7cm Pak 35/36. The first testing vehicle was available in May 1941. Serial production started in July 1941. The gunsight and the hand wheels were fitted in a much lower position so a new much lower armour shield could be used which provided protection only to the gunner.
After introduction of the m. SPW (3.7cm Pak) Sd. Kfz. 251/10 in 1941, many older vehicles of the A, B and (very rarely) C were retrofitted with standard 3.7cm Pak 35/36 guns. Most often, the high standard armour shield of the 3.7cm Pak 35/36 was maintained but some units modified the gun shield to lower the silhouette of the vehicle
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, gun shield)
- Structural steel (mudguards, undercarriage)
- Wheel (front tires)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 14.5 mm (6°) Engine compartment
14.5 mm (30°) Driver cabin
8 mm (41°) Lower glacis
| 8 mm (41°) Top - Engine
8 mm (35°) Top - Crew compartment
8 mm (19°) Bottom - Engine
8 mm (34°) Bottom - Crew compartment
8 mm + 8 mm (34°) Storage bins
8 mm Bottom - Undercarriage
| 8 mm (31°)
5.5 mm (42°) Lower glacis
| 8 mm (8°) Engine compartment |
|Gun shield|| 6 mm (36°) Centre
6 mm (22°) Sides
- Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 7 mm thick and torsion bars are 10 mm thick.
- Wheels are 10 mm thick and mudguards are 5 mm thick.
- The belly armour is 5.5 mm thick.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|37 mm PaK L/45||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)
|168||157 (+11)||145 (+23)||133 (+35)||121 (+47)||109 (+59)||97 (+71)||85 (+83)||73 (+95)||61 (+107)||49 (+119)||37 (+131)||25 (+143)||13 (+155)||1 (+167)||No|
- As they are modeled by sets of 4, shells disappear from the rack only after you fire all 4 shells in the set.
- Each rack contains 3 sets of 4 shells.
Usage in battles
The Sd.Kfz.251/10 is a light armored half track with decent mobility, with a quick firing high velocity, but low spalling 37 mm main gun. For these reasons, the Sd.Kfz.251/10 should not be used in the frontlines due to being so lightly armored even against 7.62 mm machine gun fire can and will harm you.
As a sniper:
Due to its gun's high muzzle velocity, the Sd.Kfz.251/10 is more than capable of having a sniper combat role in long range maps. It should be noted that the main gun sights have really low zoom (though normal for the BR it sits at), meaning it is not capable of achieving shots at extreme ranges but will dominate the long range engagements like many German high velocity guns.
As a support vehicle:
This is the most reliable role the Sd.Kfz.251/10 can play as, especially since not every map the player will have the sniping distances needed (Sweden or Berlin for example). It should be performing support fire from behind the most armored vehicles at the BR (Pz.III for example) and utilize its quick firing gun to disable or destroy enemy tanks. It should be noted that machine gun fire is your worst enemy as:
a) the crew is exposed
b) it is an open top vehicle
c) has little to no armor which can barely stop 7.62 mm at point blank ranges, 12.7 mm (.50 cal) will completely destroy it if strafed with
Due to being a halftrack, the Sd.Kfz.251/10 has superb traction and decent speed compared to fully wheeled vehicles. It is able to move through rough terrain easier than fully wheeled vehicles (snow, sand, mud, etc.) but still somewhat maintain its speed as a wheeled vehicle in urban terrain such as roads, although it will be definitely slower compared to fully wheeled vehicles.
|As a half track, the Sd.Kfz.251/10 shares tank track traction but does not share tank steering. The front wheels have to turn like a normal car.|
Pros and cons
- Thin armour, does not trigger most APHE rounds fired at it
- Relatively punchy APCR round and high-velocity
- Very fast reload
- High survivability due to a crew of five
- Relatively bad mobility, especially in mud and snow
- Very thin armour, cannot block heavy machine gunfire
- Open top, weak against planes and machine guns
- Best shell is APCR, which is underwhelming at medium/long ranges
- Gun shield does not do a good job at protecting the gunner
- Gun is centrally located so peeking without exposing the engine is difficult
- Vulnerable to artillery
Developed on the basis of the unarmored Sd.Kfz.11 halftrack, the Sd.Kfz.251 entered service with the Wehrmacht in 1939 and was intended as the primary transportation vehicle for the Panzergrenadier units of the German army. As such, the vehicle was intended to taxi troops into battle and protect them from small arms fire and shrapnel. By the end of the war, over 15,000 units of the Sd.Kfz.251 were built.
However, platoon leader vehicles received a special upgrade to their firepower in order to increase the effectiveness of fire support provided for advancing infantry. Namely, the standard machine gun mount was replaced by a turret housing a 3.7cm PaK anti-tank cannon. These versions, designated Sd.Kfz. 251/10, served with the Wehrmacht until 1944, by which time over 300 units were built.
- From Devblog
- Other German half-tracks
- [Devblog] Crafting event "Strategist": Sd.Kfz.251/10
- [Wikipedia] Sd.Kfz. 251
- [Tanks Encyclopedia] Sd.Kfz.251
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