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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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The Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) is a rank I German light tank at Battle Rating 1.3 in all modes. It was introduced in [[Update 1.79 "Project X"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} German light tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.79 "Project X"]].
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
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The Sd.Kfz.221 has very weak armour. It gets penetrated on every side, so you should think of it as if you have no armour at all.
 
The Sd.Kfz.221 has very weak armour. It gets penetrated on every side, so you should think of it as if you have no armour at all.
  
The problem of the Sd.Kfz. 221 isn't really the armour. It's that the gunner is exposed. A single coaxial bullet can knock him out and if not in a position for Crew Replenishment, the player will be knocked out with it. Due to only two crew, it is instantly knocked out in RB or SB and a sitting duck in AB even if it has Crew Replenishment active.
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The problem of the Sd.Kfz. 221 isn't really the armour. It's that the gunner is exposed. A single coaxial bullet can knock him out and due to the vehicle only having two crew members, will either take out the vehicle entirely from the game in RB/SB, or leave it a sitting duck in AB due to Crew Replenishment.
  
 
=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
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== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
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{{main|S.Pz.B.41 (28/20 mm)}}
  
The [[S.Pz.B.41 (28/20 mm)|28/20mm s.Pz.B.41]] squeezebore cannon fires only one ammo type, 2.8/2cm PzGr.41. Technically speaking the ammo type is "Armor-Piercing-Composite Non-Rigid," but since there is no ingame file for that type, it is modelled as "Armor-Piercing Composite Rigid" instead. It has an extremely high muzzle velocity of 1400m/s, and penetrates 95mm at 10m distance vs flat armor. Vs 30-degree armor, it pens an acceptable 73mm, but at steep angles it pens just 22mm. Rate of fire is excellent like most low-tier guns, but currently like all APCR, the postpen damage is poor.
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The [[S.Pz.B.41 (28/20 mm)|28/20mm s.Pz.B.41]] squeezebore cannon fires only one ammo type, the 2.8/2cm PzGr.41. The round has an extremely high muzzle velocity of 1400 m/s and penetrates 95 mm at 10 m distance against flat armour. Against 30-degree armour, it penetrates an acceptable 73 mm, but at steep angles it penetrates just 22mm. Rate of fire is excellent like most low-rank guns, but currently like all APCR, the post-penetration damage is poor.
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Very fast in a straight line (80kph)
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* Very fast in a straight line (80 kph)
* Excellent Power/Weight Ratio (35.75hp/ton AB, 18.75hp/ton RB/SB) makes its top speed practically achieveable
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* Excellent Power/Weight Ratio (35.75 hp/ton AB, 18.75 hp/ton RB/SB) makes its top speed practically achievable
 
* Good rate of fire from the main gun (3.9s stock, 3.0s aced)
 
* Good rate of fire from the main gun (3.9s stock, 3.0s aced)
 
* Good penetration from the 28/20 mm ammunition of 95mm at point blank
 
* Good penetration from the 28/20 mm ammunition of 95mm at point blank
 
* Small profile
 
* Small profile
* Low shell drop due to 1400m/s muzzle velocity
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* Low shell drop due to 1400 m/s muzzle velocity
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Can easily tip over in a sharp turn
 
* Can easily tip over in a sharp turn
 
* Only 2 crew members; one crew member lost = instant loss (especially if you don't have ''Crew Replenishment'' researched)
 
* Only 2 crew members; one crew member lost = instant loss (especially if you don't have ''Crew Replenishment'' researched)
* APCR is the only ammo choice, postpen damage is almost completely inadequate for all but the smallest enemy tanks.
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* APCR is the only ammo choice, post-pen damage is almost completely inadequate for all but the smallest enemy tanks.
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
Video Guide to vehicle by TheEuropeanCanadian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L5i_oupaCU
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{{Youtube-gallery|_L5i_oupaCU|War Thunder - Update 1.79 - Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41)<br>-''by TheEuropeanCanadian''}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 15:43, 14 May 2019

le.Pz.Sp.Wg. (s.Pz.B.41) Sd.Kfz.221
germ_sdkfz_221_s_pz_b_41.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
2 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
14 / 8 / 8Hull
7 / 8 / 15Turret
Mobility
4.0 tWeight
80 km/h forward
14 km/h back
72 km/h forward
12 km/h back
Speed
Armament
28/20 mm s.Pz.B.41 cannonMain weapon
60 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
-20° / 20°Horizontal guidance
shoulderStabilizer
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png330 / 428/310 / 402/200 / 259Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
× (100) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

The le.Pz.Sp.Wg. (s.Pz.B.41) Sd.Kfz.221 is a rank I German light tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Sd.Kfz.221 has very weak armour. It gets penetrated on every side, so you should think of it as if you have no armour at all.

The problem of the Sd.Kfz. 221 isn't really the armour. It's that the gunner is exposed. A single coaxial bullet can knock him out and due to the vehicle only having two crew members, will either take out the vehicle entirely from the game in RB/SB, or leave it a sitting duck in AB due to Crew Replenishment.

Mobility

The mobility, on the other hand, is great for a wheeled vehicle. The double steering axles allow it to make tight turns even though it is a wheeled vehicle. There is, however, one main flaw with the double steering axles design, it is difficult to drive straight forward after making the slightest turn. The vehicle has a tendency to oversteer by itself and requires adjustments to keep it driving straight. This is extremely problematic if driving at full speed. To counter this problem, it is best to simply slow down before making turns. An alternative is to enable "Driver Assist" in the controls, so slight adjustments of the mouse steer it properly instead.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: S.Pz.B.41 (28/20 mm)

The 28/20mm s.Pz.B.41 squeezebore cannon fires only one ammo type, the 2.8/2cm PzGr.41. The round has an extremely high muzzle velocity of 1400 m/s and penetrates 95 mm at 10 m distance against flat armour. Against 30-degree armour, it penetrates an acceptable 73 mm, but at steep angles it penetrates just 22mm. Rate of fire is excellent like most low-rank guns, but currently like all APCR, the post-penetration damage is poor.

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the vehicle, the features of using vehicles in the team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view but instead give the reader food for thought. Describe the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast in a straight line (80 kph)
  • Excellent Power/Weight Ratio (35.75 hp/ton AB, 18.75 hp/ton RB/SB) makes its top speed practically achievable
  • Good rate of fire from the main gun (3.9s stock, 3.0s aced)
  • Good penetration from the 28/20 mm ammunition of 95mm at point blank
  • Small profile
  • Low shell drop due to 1400 m/s muzzle velocity

Cons:

  • Limited gun arc
  • Thin armour, easily penetrable by most all vehicles and aircraft
  • Wheeled vehicle, cannot neutral steer like tanks and must be moving forward/backward to steer
  • Wheeled vehicle, not much traction (and therefore speed or acceleration) on snow or sand unless you stick to roads
  • Can easily tip over in a sharp turn
  • Only 2 crew members; one crew member lost = instant loss (especially if you don't have Crew Replenishment researched)
  • APCR is the only ammo choice, post-pen damage is almost completely inadequate for all but the smallest enemy tanks.

History

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Media

War Thunder - Update 1.79 - Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41)
-by TheEuropeanCanadian

See also

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  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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Germany light tanks
Pz.II  Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C · Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C (DAK) · Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F · Pz.Sfl.Ic
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Sd.Kfz.234/2
Czech  Pz.Kpfw. 35(t) · Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. A · Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. F · Aufklärungspanzer 38(t)
Post-war  Begleitpanzer 57 · Spähpanzer Ru 251 · Tanque Argentino Mediano · BMP-1 (DDR)