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 armor, this tank isn't made for the frontlines. 3 crew members mean that 1-shots will be very common. Worse still, this tank has no roof protection, the cloth being only cosmetic, this means that you are very vulnerable to aircraft attacks too. Your small silhouette will let you hide in the small nooks and crannies of maps easily and lets you cover your entire tank with bushes for extra concealment.
A horsepower to ton ratio of nearly 20 translates to a very mobile and nimble tank. The top speed of 56 km/h is good, but still pales in comparison of the 90 km/h of the Puma armored cars. The maximum reverse speed is 10 km/h, which is decent and will let you get out of perilous situations easily.
The Pak 38 is probably the best gun you can find at its BR range. 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 tier battles. Beware, though, it will struggle against the upper front plate of T-34s and shermans, so remember their frontal weakspots. 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
- Fast, can get into good positions early
- Effective gun, can penetrate pretty much anything it faces
- Scout vehicle
- Weak armour
- Open top, planes can destroy the vehicle with machine guns
- Can bounce quite a lot
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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|
|Pz.II||Pz.II C · Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.II F · Pz.Sfl.Ic|
|Wheeled||Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/2|
|Czech||Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Sd.Kfz. 140/1|
|Post-war||Begleitpanzer 57 · Ru 251 · leKPz M41 · SPz BMP-1 · Radkampfwagen 90 · TAM · TAM 2C|
|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)|
|Heavy tanks||▀Pz.Kpfw. Churchill · ▀KV-IB · ▀KV I C 756 (r) · ▀KV II 754 (r)|
|VK 45.01 (P) · ␠Tiger · Pz.Bef.Wg.VI P · Tiger II (H) Sla.16|
|Tank destroyers||Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4 · Sd.Kfz.251/10 · 15 cm Pz.W.42 · Brummbär · Panzer IV/70(A) · Bfw. Jagdpanther · VFW|