Flakpanzer 38

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Flakpanzer 38, 2 cm, Pz.Fgst.38 (t) Sf.
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
77 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
10 / 15 / 10Hull
7 / 5 / 5Turret
9.8 tWeight
286 hp150 hpEngine power
29 hp/t15 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
45 km/h forward
6 km/h back
42 km/h forward
6 km/h back
20 mm FlaK38 cannonMain weapon
1 080 roundsAmmunition
3.0 / 3.9 sReload
20 roundsBelt capacity
480 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 90°Vertical guidance
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png610 / 785/440 / 566/410 / 527Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Flakpanzer 38.jpg

The Flakpanzer 38, 2 cm, Pz.Fgst.38 (t) Sf. is a rank I German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB) and 1.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Flakpanzer 38(t) Gepard has thin but highly sloped front armour that resists 7-8 mm machine guns and even 12.7 mm machine guns. The gun shield will shrug off rifle-calibres but not 12.7 mms. Like its predecessor, the Flakpanzer I, it maintains a crew of two and is also hull-breakable.


Top speed and power-to-weight ratio are much higher than the Flakpanzer I, topping out at 45 kph forward, 6 kph backward, and a power-to-weight ratio in realistic and simulator battles 15.31 hp/ton, higher in arcade battles.


Main armament

Main article: FlaK 38 (20 mm)

The gun is the same as its predecessor, the FlaK 38. It has sufficient HE shells for planes, 46 mm penetration AP-I, and 64 mm penetration APCR. The belt size is identical. Reload between clips is long. The gun can pen most things the tank encounters, barring Valentines, Matildas, B1 bis, B1 ter, and T-28E.

Usage in battles

The Flakpanzer 38 is an even better flanker and support unit than the Flakpanzer I and should be used in the same way. Flank around, engage tanks mainly, shoot planes when they aren't aware of you.

Just like the Flakpanzer I, avoid heavily armoured opposition, especially frontally. You can barely pen B1 bis, M3 Lee variations, and T-28Es on the side, but cannot pen Valentines, Matildas, or B1 ters from much of any side.

Pros and cons


  • Great penetrating cannon with PzGr 40 belt
  • Fast fire rate
  • Fast turret traverse
  • Great mobility
  • Hull shrugs off up to 12.7 mm machine gun rounds


  • Low-survivability due to two crew and hull-breakability
  • Long reload between clips is very punishing if you spray too much.
  • Open-topped and vulnerable to planes using any weapon
  • Best penetrating PzGr 40 belt is mixed with standard PzGr ammunition
  • Not a long range SPAA


This was the first fully-tracked German anti-aircraft AFV. Considered a mediocre effort, about 150 were built and issued to the Panzer Divisions in early 1944. Users in Normandy included the 3rd, 33rd, Lehr and 1st SS Pz Regt.


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See also

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Germany anti-aircraft vehicles
Tracked  Flakpanzer I · Flakpanzer 38
Half-track  Sd.Kfz. 6/2
Based on Pz.IV  Wirbelwind · Ostwind · Ostwind II · Kugelblitz
Based on Pz.V  Flakpanzer 341
Post-war  Gepard · FlaRakPz 1