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The Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. F is a rank I German light tank with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB).
Survivability and armour
The Panzer 38(t) F has similar bad survivability to the Pz.35(t) and Pz.38(t), but it boasts double the front hull and turret front armour. This makes it frontally immune to many reserve tier guns, particularly Japanese, French, and Italian guns. Thus while it is harder to initially penetrate, once it is opened up it is taken out easily.
The Panzer 38(t) F has nearly identical mobility to the Pz.38(t) A, aside from slightly higher weight making it a tad more sluggish in all respects. The role on the map of finding and using ambush points is the same as its predecessors.
The gun is the same KwK 38(t) as the Panzer 38(t) A. It is slightly better than the Pz.35(t)'s gun, but not by a practical amount, and therefore is used in exactly the same way. 56 mm penetration APC-HE, 61 mm penetration APCBC-HE, and 93 mm penetration APCR. This works vs most things it encounters, but Valentines, B1 bis, B ter, Matildas, and Sherman 105s are nightmares, and the higher battle rating of 2.0 means it sees these often.
The tank has a 7.92 mm MG37(t) machine gun, which is good to hose down flak trucks, but not good for much else.
Usage in the battles
The tank is the same average mobility that the predecessors of it have, and the okay-at-best gun means it needs to act the same way despite semi-frequently running into near-impossible situations vs Valentines, B1s, Sherman 105s, and Matildas.
Pros and cons
- Decently good gun for tier
- HE filler helps easily knock out things you can pen
- Armor is good vs low-BR tanks you frequently see, due to reserves being permanently up-tiered
- Has high-pen APCR for some of its armoured nemeses
- Many things are faster than it
- When it does get penned, it generally dies in one shot due to the small crew compartment
- Gun is very inadequate in up-tiers
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A modified version of the Pz.38(t) light tank designed on the basis of combat experience in Poland. The tank’s armor was enhanced to 50 mm in the front and 30 mm on the sides. Two similar versions of the Pz. 38(t) Ausf. E and Ausf F were released between November, 1940 and October, 1941. 525 tanks were produced, including both versions.
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