SF40 Schwere

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Siebelfähre 40 Schwere Flakkampffähre
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.7/2.7/2.7BR
47 peopleCrew
Standard armament
88 mm Flak.36 cannon4 x Primary
100 roundsAmmunition
20 mm C/38 cannon2 x Secondary
2 000 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
Economy
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 330 / 1 642/2 020 / 2 494/1 380 / 1 704Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.42 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

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The Siebelfähre 40 Schwere Flakkampffähre is a Rank II German anti-air ferry with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" in the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Armament

Primary armament

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful 88 mm guns can destroy a target with just 1 or 2 hits
  • Can take quite a few hits
  • Velocity and flat trajectory of shells makes it suitable to hang back and snipe enemies from +2 km

Cons:

  • Not very fast or manoeuvrable
  • Large target
  • Lacks an AP shell for dealing with armoured targets.
  • The 37 mm fast firing flak on the SF40 Leichte is replaced by two single 20 mm mounts
  • Hard to get all 4 cannons on target
  • Easy to torpedo or dive bomb due to its size and sluggishness

History

The Siebelfähre was designed by Friedrich Siebel, owner of a lesser-known German aircraft manufacturing company bearing his name. Siebel’s idea was to provide the German army with a much needed easily mass-produced and effective transport vessel for the planned invasion of Britain.

His ferry would be a construction utilising parts of Bailey bridges and pontoons, which would make up the two barges connected in a catamaran style by a wooden deck. The vessel was supposed to be powered by aircraft engines and could easily be disassembled and reassembled thanks to its modular construction, allowing for the boat to also be transported by land.

The idea was met with great enthusiasm from the German military, and an order for 400 of this ferrycraft soon followed. The order encompassed more than just one version of the vessel, however. For instance, some versions were specialised to perform anti-air duties and were meant to cover the landing troops from air attacks. These were equipped with light 20mm and 37mm AA guns up to the heavy FlaK 88mm cannon, depending on the version.

However, before all 400 vessels could be made, the Invasion of Britain was cancelled, and thus the need for the Siebelfähre also disappeared below the waves. Nonetheless, around 200 of these vessels were still made before the order was cancelled and a majority of them found use in transport and mine-laying operations in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. The Siebelfähre saw use right up to the end of the war, and some vessels continued serving well into the 1960s as civilian ferries.

- From Devblog

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See also

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External links


Germany barges
Naval ferry  AF D1 · AF D3
Anti-air ferry  SF40 Schwere · SF40 Leichte