|This page is about the German tank destroyer Sd.Kfz.251/22. For other versions, see Sd.Kfz.251 (Family).|
The m.Schütz.Pz.Wg. (Sd.Kfz.251/22) is a premium gift rank II German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Red Skies" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season IV, "Fearless Voltigeur".
Survivability and armour
The most protected parts of this vehicle are the front-facing plates of the hull and the driver compartment where the armour is the thickest.
The weakest area on the whole tank is the gun shield protecting the cannon's servants. It doesn’t help when 3 out of 5 crew members are behind it. The gunner and loader are next to each other and when a shot hits them, the 4 mm gun shield armour doesn’t protect them from anything other than rifle-calibre gunfire. The ammo stowage positions aren’t bad since they’re right behind the machine gunner and driver which will take all shrapnel from incoming rounds, but can still be easily destroyed.
- Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, gun shield)
- Wheel (front tires)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 14.5 mm (20°) Engine compartment
14.5 mm (29°) Driver cabin
8 mm (42°) 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 (30°)
5.5 mm (41°) Lower glacis
| 8 mm (9°) Engine compartment |
5.5 mm Driver compartment
|Gun shield||4 + 4 mm (29°)||4 + 4 mm (18°)||N/A|
- Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick and tracks are 7 mm thick while 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
|75 mm PaK40/3 L46||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)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy time
| Screen hold time
| Explosive Mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|24||20 (+4)||8 (+16)||1 (+23)||No|
- Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
Usage in battles
The Sd.Kfz.251/22 with its long 75 mm cannon is great for penetrating the heavily armoured vehicles such as the Matilda and KV-1. The infamous T-34s are easy to penetrate and many infamous Russians.
It can't be exposed directly to enemy fire but the vehicle is good for hanging behind larger tanks, assisting with supporting fire.
Use the long range to your advantage, since this tank destroyer was designed to engage tanks from a safe distance. Being on a hill top or across a lake is perfect for this. Always take into account that the light armour is a downisde and you can be destroyed by even light armament aircraft with basic 7.62 mm machineguns, so try to find some cover when planes are around.
There are not many tanks to avoids in the BR for this tank, engaging more than one enemy at a time is not recommended due the light armor and open top exposing the crew.
Penetrating tanks like the T-34s, KV1s, M4s, Matildas is very easy due to the cannon's high penetration power.
Enemies the Sd.Kfz.251/22 should avoid are the vehicles equipped with fast-firing autocannons like SPAAs or light tanks. Due to their high rate of fire, they can knock out your exposed crew very quickly. Avoid tanks that fire high-calibre HE shells, since the Sd.Kfz.251/22 is vulnerable to overpressure.
Pros and cons
- Effective cannon even from long range
- Can make sharp turns while driving at good speed
- Good forward speed
- Very good at long range engagements
- Open top leaves crew exposed against HE shells, aircraft and artillery strikes
- No machine gun for defense against lightly armoured vehicles and low-flying aircraft
- Armour is too thin to block even 12.7 mm HMG fire
- Shells often over-penetrate, causing no to little damage.
- Sluggish acceleration
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|Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG (Hanomag)|
|Sd.Kfz.251||Sd.Kfz.251/10 · Sd.Kfz.251/21 · Sd.Kfz.251/22|
|Germany tank destroyers|
|Based on Pz.38(t)||Marder III · Marder III H · Jagdpanzer 38(t)|
|Based on Pz.I||Panzerjäger I|
|Based on Pz.II||15cm sIG 33 B Sfl|
|Based on Pz.III||StuG III A · StuG III F · StuG III G · StuH 42 G|
|Based on Pz.IV||Jagdpanzer IV · Panzer IV/70(V) · Panzer IV/70(A) · Brummbär · Dicker Max · Nashorn · VFW|
|Based on Pz.V||Jagdpanther · Bfw. Jagdpanther|
|Based on Pz.VI||Sturer Emil · Ferdinand · Jagdtiger|
|JPz 4-5 · Waffenträger · VT1-2|
|Wheeled/Half-track||8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. · Sd.Kfz.251/10 · Sd.Kfz.251/22 · Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4|
|Rocket/Missile||15 cm Pz.W.42 · RakJPz 2 · RakJPz 2 (HOT)|
|Germany premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.Sfl.Ic · Sd.Kfz. 140/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Ru 251 · TAM 2IP|
|Medium tanks||Nb.Fz. · Pz.III N · Pz.Bef.Wg.IV J · ▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r) · Ersatz M10 · mKPz M47 G · Leopard A1A1 (L/44)|
|Heavy tanks||▀Pz.Kpfw. Churchill · ▀KV-IB · ▀KV I C 756 (r) · ▀KV II 754 (r)|
|VK 45.01 (P) · ␠Tiger · Pz.Bef.Wg.VI P · Tiger II (H) Sla.16|
|Tank destroyers||Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4 · Sd.Kfz.251/10 · Sd.Kfz.251/22 · 15 cm Pz.W.42 · Brummbär · Panzer IV/70(A) · Bfw. Jagdpanther · VFW|