The Stridsvagn m/38 (shortened Strv m/38) was a Swedish light tank developed by AB Landsverk on the basis of the L-60. It was the first variant of the L-60 adopted by the Swedish army. Production name was L-60 S-I, which meant it was the first series used by Sweden. The Strv m/38 was later phased out when the later series were produced from 1939.
It was introduced along with the initial Swedish ground forces tree in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury". Strv m/38 is a light tank with a good mobility and comes with an APDS round which is uncommon for early vehicles; this significantly increases its firepower and makes it more capable of engaging with heavier armoured vehicles.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 13 mm (58°) Upper glacis
13 mm (46°) Lower glacis
13 mm (31°) Upper plate
13 mm (19-26°) Driver bulge
|13 mm (15°)|| 9 mm (23°) Top
13 mm (33°) Bottom
| 13 mm (32°) Front glacis |
9 mm (8°) Front
4-5 mm Middle
5 mm (4°) Rear
|Turret|| 13 mm (14°) Turret front
15 mm (6°) Gun mantlet
|13 mm (14°)||13 mm (20°)||5 mm|
|Cupola||13 mm (16°)||5 mm|
- Suspension wheels, tracks and torsion bars are 15 mm thick.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|37 mm kan m/38||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|
|3,7 cm slpprj m/49||APDS||115||111||95||78||64||52|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|3,7 cm slpprj m/49||APDS||1,150||0.3||-||-||-||75°||78°||80°|
|100||81 (+19)||71 (+29)||61 (+39)||51 (+49)||41 (+59)||34 (+66)|
|28 (+72)||21 (+79)||14 (+86)||8 (+92)||1 (+99)||No|
- Shells are modeled by sets of 3, 4, or 5. They disappear from the rack only after you've fired all shells in the set.
- Hull lower sides only: 41 (+59) shells.
The Strv m/38 is armed with a 8 mm ksp m36 machine gun, useful for hitting lightly armoured AA vehicles.
|8 mm ksp m/36|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
The Strv m/38 provides the player with a fast, manoeuvrable light tank boasting effective firepower for its BR. As a light tank, the armour cannot be relied upon to stop enemy fire, being too weak to stop even .50 cal MG fire. However, it has access to APDS, which allows it to punch through all opponents at its BR and even most tanks a rank above. Because of the excellent APDS shell, it is advised to keep it as your primary shell, but keep a few APBC shells to finish lighter opponents, as the APDS has poor post-penetration damage.
Even with weak armour, the Strv m/38 can be reliably depended upon even in uptiers with its speed, and as well as its penetration power (with the APDS shell), matching the likes of the German Pz.III series. The only drawback to this shell is the poor post-penetration damage, which calls for a playstyle relying on well-placed shots on enemy vehicles. This is why it's advised to aim for the turret or engine using the APDS shell, when unsure if your APBC shell will actually penetrate at all.
On rough uneven terrain, a viable tactic is to use your excellent gun depression to hit tanks on from a hull-down position.
Pros and cons
- Has access to a high-penetrating APDS shell with an amazing 105 mm of penetration
- Effective in up-tiers with the APDS against heavy targets like the B1 bis and the Valentine I
- Quick reload rate
- Good -10° of gun depression means that it can adapt to different terrains well
- Has a small size compared to other reserve tanks
- Effective mobility - max speed of 51 km/h
- APDS round has no explosive filler, multiple shots will be needed to finish off an enemy
- Has a slow reverse speed (-6 km/h) that may put the player at risk
- Armour is inadequate to resist any shells
- 5 mm roof armour can be penetrated by common aircraft, such as the ones with 12.7 mm and 20 mm guns
The Landsverk L-60 was a Swedish tank developed in 1934, and included several advanced design features such as torsion bar suspension, periscopes rather than view slits and all-welded construction. The Strv m/38 was the earliest variant of the L-60 accepted into Swedish service, with 15 ordered in 1937 and delivered in 1939. Unlike other exported variants of the L-60, the m/38 did not see combat use due to Swedish neutrality during the Second World War.
- Related development
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|L-60||Strv m/38 · Strv m/39 · Strv m/40L|
|Pbil m/40||Pbil m/40|
|Strv 74||Strv 74|
|Unimog 404||U-SH 405|
|Lago||Lago I · Strv m/42 EH · Ikv 73 · Strv m/42 DT|
|Ikv 72||Ikv 72 · Ikv 103|
|Pvkv m/43||Pvkv m/43 (1946) · Pvkv m/43 (1963)|
|Pvkv II/III||Pvkv II · Pvkv III|
|SPAA||Pvlvv fm/42 · L-62 ANTI II|
|Sweden light tanks|
|L-60||Strv m/38 · Strv m/39 · Strv m/39 TD · Strv m/40L|
|Strv m/41||Strv m/41 S-I · Strv m/41 S-II|
|Ikv 91||Ikv 91 · Ikv 91-105|
|CV 90||Strf 9040B · Strf 9040C · Strf 9040 BILL|
|CV 90105 · CV 90120|
|Wheeled||Pbil m/40 · U-SH 405|
|Other||Strv m/31 · Strv 74 · Pbv 501|
|Finland||Vickers Mk.E · ▄T-26E · ▄PT-76 · CV9030FIN · CT-CV 105HP|