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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".
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.
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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|Germany anti-aircraft vehicles|
|Tracked||Flakpanzer I · Flakpanzer 38|
|Based on Pz.IV||Wirbelwind · Ostwind · Ostwind II · Kugelblitz|
|Based on Pz.V||Flakpanzer 341|
|Post-war||Gepard · FlaRakPz 1|