Strv m/41 S-II
|This page is about the Swedish light tank Strv m/41 S-II. For other uses, see LT-38 (Family).|
The Stridsvagn m/41 S-II is a rank II Swedish light tank with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury". It is a Swedish license-built version of the Czechoslovak TNHP light tank, and is thus quite similar to the German PzKpfw 38(t).
Survivability and armour
The armour on the Strv m/41 S-II is almost identical to that on the PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf. F. The 50 mm frontal armour is fairly decent, though the rest of the tank is quite lightly armoured. It should be noted that the engine deck is only 10 mm thick, and is vulnerable to strafing aircraft with cannons or heavy machine guns.
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||50 mm (18°-20°) Upper Glacis
50 mm (19°) Lower Glacis - Upper
15 mm (60°) Lower Glacis - Lower
15 mm (73°-74°) Center Plate - Between Upper and Lower Glacis
|20 mm Front
15 mm Rear
|15 mm||8 mm|
|Turret||50 mm (9°) Turret Front - Sides
15 mm (7°-9°) Turret Front - Lower
35 mm (Various Angles) Center (Around the Mantlet)
15 mm (Various Angles) Gun Mantlet
|20 mm||35 mm||8 mm|
|Cupola||15 mm||15 mm||15 mm||15 mm Front|
8 mm Rear
Note: The commander's cupola has an all-round thickness of 15 mm, but there are four armoured boxes for the optics (one on each side) that have a thickness of 21 mm.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The mobility of the Strv m/41 S-II is also almost identical to that on the PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf. F. It is more sluggish than the other Swedish tanks such as the Strv m/40L, with a lower top speed and a rather slow reverse gear.
Modifications and economy
The part that truly differentiates the Strv m/41 from its German cousin is the gun. The Strv m/41 uses a Swedish-made 3,7 cm kan m/38 instead of the original Czechoslovak Skoda 37 mm cannon. Its performance with the slpprj m/38 and slpgr m/39 APBC rounds is similar to that of the Czechoslovak gun, but the Swedish gun also has access to the outstanding slpprj m/49 APDS round. This round will easily penetrate anything the Strv m/41 can normally face, though it lacks the lethality of the German APCBC with explosive filler.
|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||105||103||97||89||82||75|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|3,7 cm slpprj m/49||APDS||1,150||0.71||N/A||N/A||N/A||75°||78°||80°|
|100||51 (+49)||36 (+64)||26 (+74)||11 (+89)||1 (+99)||No|
The Strv m/41 S-II is also armed with a coaxial 8 mm ksp m/36 light machine gun. There is a second, non-functional 8 mm machine gun in the hull front.
|8 mm ksp m/36|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
The Strv m/41 S-II relies on sniping and penetrating tanks at medium to long ranges with its powerful APDS round. However, APDS lacks the lethality of explosive filler AP rounds, so the Strv m/41 must rely on sniping and disabling crew or hitting ammunition racks to destroy enemy tanks, especially larger ones like the T-28. It also has a decent amount of armour for a light tank and great gun depression for playing hull down, though it is by no means invulnerable from the front.
Pros and cons
- Access to high-penetration APDS
- Fast rate-of-fire
- Decent amount of armour for a light tank
- Excellent gun depression
- Low post-penetration damage with APDS.
- A bit sluggish with a low top speed for a light tank
- Poor reverse speed
- Chassis rocks violently when stopping making it hard to stop and shoot quickly
In March of 1940, Sweden ordered about 90 TNH tanks (known as the Panzer 38(t) in German service) from ČDK, but Germany, which had occupied Poland in 1938, confiscated the tanks for its own use as the Panzer 38(t) Ausf. S. Sweden still needed the light tanks, and after negotiations the Swedish manufacturer Scania-Vabis was allowed to produce them under license, and compensation for the lost tanks. Sweden ordered 116 Strv M/41 SI in June, 1941. The Stridsvagn M/41 was armed with a 37 mm Bofors m/38 gun, was powered by a Scania-Vabis Type 1664 engine, and the design utilized riveted construction. In June of 1942, Sweden ordered 122 Strv M/41 SII. The SII featured a number of improvements over the SI. The armor was increased from 25 mm to 50 mm thick. Because of the added weight of the armor, a more powerful engine was added, the Type L 603 engine. This necessitated an elongation of the hull by 65 mm. The fuel tanks were increased from 190 liters to 230 liters. 104 of the SII model were built, with the last 18 being built as the Sav M/43, a casemate assault gun using a 75 mm gun, and later a 105 mm gun. Another 18 Sav M/43 were purpose-built afterwards. The Strv M/41 served until the late 1950's, when all Strv M/41 were converted to the Pansarbandvagn (Pbv) 301, an armored personnel carrier. The turrets were used in static fortifications.
- Pz.38(t) F- Axis counterpart of the Strv M/41 SII
- David B. (2014, December 1). Stridsvagn m/41. Tank Encyclopedia. https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/sweden/Stridsvagn_M41.php
- Stridsvagn m/41. (2020, April 4). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stridsvagn_m/41&oldid=948984593
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