The 5 cm Pak38 auf Pz.Kpfw.II Sonderfahrgestell 901 is a rank II German light tank with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43 as the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. H (Pz.II H for short) as part of the "Heavy Armor advanced pack". In Update 1.89, the vehicle was renamed into the current iteration.
Survivability and armour
Having 30 mm of frontal armour, this tank isn't made for the frontlines. The three crew members mean that 1-shot destruction is a common possibility. Worse still, this tank has no roof protection with the cloth covering being only cosmetic. Unfortunately, this also means that you are very vulnerable to aircraft attacks too. Your demure silhouette will let you easily hide in the small nooks and crannies of maps and lets you cover your entire tank with bushes for extra concealment.
This vehicle has a horsepower-to-ton ratio of nearly 20 which translates to a very mobile and nimble tank. The top speed of 56 km/h is good but still pales in comparison next to the 90 km/h of the Puma armoured cars. The maximum reverse speed is 10 km/h, which for a tank is decent and will let you easily get out of perilous situations where other tanks of the rank struggle when retreating.
The PaK 38 is probably the best gun you can find at this battle rating range. The shells have decent penetration, good post pen damage and an incredible APCR round makes this tank able to punch way above its weight. Don't be afraid to take this tank into higher rank battles. Beware, though, it will struggle against the upper front plate of T-34s and Shermans, so remember their frontal weak spots. Not that you should be engaging those tanks frontally anyway. Always bring high explosive rounds, as the lack of any secondary armament makes lighter vehicles harder to fight effectively.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Has a gun which will reliably penitrate pretty much anything at it's battle rating
- Is very, very fast (Max speed off road of around 56 kph)
- Has a decent reload speed
- Has the scouting ability, can earn you some extra silver lions and valuble intal for your team
- Because of lack of armour, some shells will pass right through you
- Can change positions very quickly if needed
- Can get to the cap points and good positions early in the match
- Weak armour - trade-off of speed for less weight
- Open top, planes can destroy the vehicle with machine guns when strafing very easily
- No stabiliser, which means that the gun will take a moment to settle after stopping the tank
- Has very bad depression angles
- If you're tracks or engine are knocked out, you are a basicly a sitting duck
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In July, 1940 Armament Command ordered two light tank prototypes with enhanced weaponry from the company MAN. Rheinmetall-Borsig built the cannons and the bulkheads comprising the body.
In January, 1942 four tanks were produced and immediately sent to the Eastern Front as part of the 1st and 3rd squads of the 559 Antitank Battalion.
An open-top rotating hexagonal turret with no rear wall was installed. Its primary weapon was a 50mm KwK 39.
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|Germany light tanks|
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|Czech||Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Sd.Kfz. 140/1|
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|Germany premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.Sfl.Ic · Sd.Kfz. 140/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Ru 251|
|Medium tanks||Nb.Fz. · Pz.III N · Pz.Bef.Wg.IV J · ▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r) · Ersatz M10 · mKPz M47 G · Leopard A1A1 (L/44)|
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|VK 45.01 (P) · ␠Tiger · Pz.Bef.Wg.VI P · Tiger II (H) Sla.16|
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