Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41)

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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
Mobility
4.0 tWeight
6 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
28/20 mm s.Pz.B.41 cannonWeapon 1
60 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
-20° / 20°Horizontal guidance
verticalStabilizer
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png310 / 402/300 / 389/200 / 259Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41).jpg


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".

The le.Pz.Sp.Wg. (s.Pz.B.41) Sd.Kfz.221 is a unique vehicle in it's own right. This vehicle is a lightly armored, highly mobile car, with a 20mm squeeze bore cannon. What that means is that a 28mm wide shell is inserted into a 28mm wide breech, and subsequently fired down a barrel that narrows down to 20mm at the end. This gives you a projectile that was 28mm, now squeezed down to 20mm. In effect this gives you a heavier, longer 20mm shell. This allows old and outdated anti tank weapon calibers to be re-designed and revitalized so that they could be effective again.

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.

28/20 mm S.Pz.B.41
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
60 -10°/+20° ±20° Vertical
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 33.32 46.12 56.0 61.92 65.88
Realistic 20.83 24.5 29.75 32.9 35
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
3.90 3.45 3.18 3.00
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
2.8/2cm Pzgr.41 APCR 95 94 66 38 15 8
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
2.8/2cm Pzgr.41 APCR 1,400 0.14 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41).
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
60 XX (X+)  (+) no

Large sides empty: 29 (+63)

Usage in battles

The Le.Pz.Sp.Wg. (s.Pz.B.41) Sd.Kfz.221 can be played as a sniper, at medium to far ranges. Do not get in to close combat, as your gun only traverses to a very limited degree, and your minimal armor barely stops even rifle caliber machine guns. Artillery and aircraft are dangerous to you, as you only have two crew members, and one is almost entirely exposed.

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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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 · 5 cm Pak38 auf Pz.Kpfw.II Sonderfahrgestell 901
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