S.Pz.Sp.Wg. (7,5 cm) Sd.Kfz.234/4

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General info

The Sd.Kfz.234/4 in the garage.

The S.Pz.Sp.Wg. (7,5 cm) Sd.Kfz.234/4 "Pakwagen" (Full name: Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 7.5 cm Sonderkraftfahrzeug 234/4 Panzerabwehrkanonenwagen) is a gift Rank II German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 3.0. It was introduced during Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica" in the "Operation S.U.M.M.E.R." event of 2017.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

This armoured car is a lot of fun to play. The long 75 mm gun and the 234 chassis work very well hand in hand. The best way to play this mini-beast is to get on the enemies flanks as fast as you can (terrain permitting) and hide in the bushes. Take shots with hit probabilities, but hold fire more uncertain hit chances. Remember that the 234/4 can be and will be torn up by 12.7 mm machine gun fire, assume the position has been spotted after firing and move out via reverse. Do not engage in a straight-up gun battle or the 234/4 becomes scrap metal.

The 75 mm gun is strong enough to destroy most tanks with one hit, meanwhile the 234/4 has a great speed of 30-40 km/h forwards and backwards to relocate. Because of this, it is possible (though not necessarily needed) to use the 75 mm and return fire while making haste. Terrain foliage such as bushes are great assets for concealment, shadows as well so use them and stay hidden.

Vehicle characteristics

The Sd.Kfz.234/4 is easily picked out by its long gun and gun shield. If recognized, the enemies will see the vehicle as an easy kill (in high BR's), but also as a deadly priority target!

Tactics

Move fast and get into a spot that gives you great:

  1. Great cover, either hard cover or visual cover (so rocks and or bushes are great)
  2. Great visibility (for you to view the enemy)
  3. Ease of egress
  4. The ability to get deadly side shots

Specific enemies worth noting

Most vehicles are capable of severely damaging the vehicle, but anything that is armed with a HMG should take top priority.

Counter-tactics

The best way to deal with this tank is to catch it out of position and/or from behind. Because of its low armour values, it can be easily killed with 12.7 mm Mg fire or HE shells to the open roof. Most AP and APHE shots will simply over-penetrate the vehicle's front armour and will not do much to the crew compartment unless aimed at specific crew locations or it hull-breaks the Sd.Kfz.234/4. As such, explosive ammunition or machine gun fire are the more preferred methods of elimination.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Premium bonus.
  • Adequate ammo supply for prolonged combat.
  • Can move forward and backwards with equal speed.
  • Lower profile than the Marder III H.
  • Essentially a Marder III H on wheels.
  • Eight wheel drive gives it a good surface traction and handling, much better maneuverability.
  • Doesn't have the tendency to get flipped when turning like the Marder III H.

Cons:

  • Very weak armour, can be penetrated by aircraft weapons and heavy machine guns.
  • Open-topped, making it very vulnerable to attacks from the air or artillery.
  • Can be disabled by aircraft simply by ramming it.
  • Limited gun traverse.
  • Crew compartment is littered with ammo.
  • Is longer than the Marder III H.
  • Vehicle will be immobilized if one driver is knocked out despite having two drivers in its layout.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 7.5 cm Pak 40/3 L46 cannon (36 rounds)
1 x 7.92 mm MG42 machine gun (2,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 7.5 cm Pak 40/3 L46 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 36 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 22°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 11.5°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 7.5 cm Pak 40/3 L46 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 36 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 22°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39 147 146 133 118 105 93 APCBC 792 6.8 1.3 15.0 28.9 +4° 42° 27° 19°
PzGr 40 197 195 170 144 121 102 APCR 990 4.2 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 24° 20° 18°
Hl.Gr 38B 80 80 80 80 80 80 HEAT 450 4.4 0.0 0.1 872.1 +0° 28° 21° 17°
Sprgr. 34 10 10 10 10 10 10 HE 570 5.7 0.1 0.1 N/A +0° 11° 10°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Sd.Kfz.234/4
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
36 31 (+5) 13 (+23) (+35) Left empty: 31 (+5) No

Secondary armament

1 x 7.92 mm MG42 machine gun (Shield-mounted)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Vision ports)
  • Structural steel (Side skirts)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 mm (40°) Front plate
15 mm (70°), 30 mm (55°) Front glacis
30 mm (35°) Lower glacis
8 mm (34-35°) Top
8 (19-35°) + 4 mm
10 mm (21-46°) 5 mm
Gun shield 4 + 4 mm (18-29°) N/A N/A N/A

Notes:

  • Wheels provide 10 mm of armour thickness.
  • Belly armour is 12.7 mm thick.
  • Can be hull broken.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 11.7 ton

Max Speed: 98 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 298 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 25.47 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 10°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 367 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 31.37 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 13°
Weight: 11.7 ton

Max Speed: 90 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 186 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.90 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 11°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 210 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.95 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 13°
Weight: 11.7 ton

Max Speed: 90 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 186 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.90 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 11°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 210 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.95 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 13°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The blitzkrieg tactics in Poland and France gave the Germans a new appreciation of mobile and lethal reconnaissance vehicles. The Germans especially valued the armoured cars due to their speed, firepower, and their pre-war build-up as they were not restricted by the Versailles Treaty. The Germans started with armoured cars like the Sd.Kfz.231 family, each with different armaments. However, these vehicles had its flaws and in August 1940, Germany sought a replacement following the conclusion of the Battle of France.

The new vehicle was built off an improved Sd.Kfz.232 chassis made in monocoque construction by Büssing-NAG, its armoured body was made by Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, the turret by Daimler-Benz and Schichau, and air-cooled diesel engines by Ringhoffer-Tatra-Werke AG. The monocoque chassis design was built with an eight-wheel steering system, six forward and reverse gears, as well as having an additional driver seat in the rear for quick reversal get-aways. This construction led to Sd.Kfz.234 family. Vehicle construction first started in 1943 as the Sd.Kfz.234/2, which had a turret originally intended for the VK 1602 Leopard mounting a 5 cm L/60 gun, construction continued on this vehicle until mid-1944. The Sd.Kfz.234/2 earned the nickname "Puma" from the soldiers using it.

Production for Sd.Kfz.234/2 shifted towards other armaments in 1944 that replaced the original. This produced variants such as the Sd.Kfz. 234/1 which replaced the turret with an open-top one carrying a 2 cm KwK 38, this was produced between mid-1944 to early 1945. Right besides that, the Sd.Kfz.234/3 was produced with an open-top structure to mount a 75 mm howitzer, this was produced from mid-1944 until the end of 1944. At the Sd.Kfz.234/3's production end, it was replaced by the Sd.Kfz.234/4, also known as the "Pakwagen", that had the armament replaced by a 7.5 cm PaK 40 anti-tank gun. This last variant was produced from the end of 1944 to the capitulation of Germany in World War II. A total of 478 Sd.Kfz.234 armoured cars were produced, 200 of the 234/1, 101 of the 234/2, 88 of the 234/3, and 89 of the 234/4.

Combat usage

The Sd.Kfz.234 cars were originally intended for the conflicts in North Africa. However, the engine development took abnormally long to complete and by the time it was ready, the North African theater had concluded. Nevertheless, they served in the Western and Eastern front with success, but was impeded by its low production count.

The Sd.Kfz. 234/2 variant was arguably the most popular, as the staple of the 234 family. The vehicle served in the Panzer Lehr Division, 1st and 2nd SS Panzer Division, 2nd, 7th, 13th, and 20th Panzer Division. The Sd.Kfz.234 in the recon companies were allocated in 19 or 25 vehicles per division, further split into platoons up to six vehicles and one as the headquarters. However, due to their low production numbers, this allocation was rarely kept in full strength in the war,

The Sd.Kfz.234 first saw combat in Normandy after D-Day in the stationed Panzer Lehr and 2nd Panzer Division in the Sd.Kfz.234/2 variant. The divisions used these vehicles in recon roles until their withdrawal behind the Seine River, with Panzer Lehr having 8 Sd.Kfz.234/2 of the original 26 it had. These divisions were rebuilt in the fall of 1944 with the Sd.Kfz.234/1 and Sd.Kfz.234/3 after the 234/2 ceased production.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

Obtainable events

  • The Sd.Kfz.234/4 has only been available in Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. of 2017 that lasted from 28 July to 28 August. It was unlocked after obtaining 7 tanker Marks of Distinction.

References


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Icon-country-der.png Sd.Kfz.234/4 Pakwagen
Nation Germany
Type Tank destroyer
Rank 2
Battle Rating 3.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
11,700 kg
25,794 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
30/8.0/10/5.0 mm
1.18/0.315/0.394/0.197 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
298 hp
186 hp
186 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
367 hp
210 hp
210 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
25.47
25.88
15.90
16.15
15.90
16.15
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
31.37
31.87
17.95
18.24
17.95
18.24
Max speed
98 km/h
61 mph
90 km/h
56 mph
90 km/h
56 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 75 mm Pak 40/3 L/46 Cannon
Ammo stowage 36 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/22°
Horizontal guidance -20°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x MG 42 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 2,000 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -20°/50°
Horizontal guidance -45°/45°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 8,100 SL
Max repair cost*
1,260 SL
2,440 SL
2,820 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
2h 04m
8h 20m
8h 21m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
41m
2h 46m
2h 47m
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