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

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le.Pz.Sp.Wg. (s.Pz.B.41) Sd.Kfz.221
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
107 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
14 / 8 / 8Hull
7 / 8 / 15Turret
4 tWeight
143 hp75 hpEngine power
35.8 hp/t18.8 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
81 km/h forward
15 km/h back
73 km/h forward
13 km/h back
28/20 mm s.Pz.B.41 cannonMain weapon
60 roundsAmmunition
3 / 3.9 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
-20° / 20°Horizontal guidance
2900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png230 / 298/180 / 233/140 / 181Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
20 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png10 % Sl icon.png


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 1.0 (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 This allows old and outdated anti tank weapon calibers to be re-designed and revitalized so that they could be effective again.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.


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.


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
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
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
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
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
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
1st rack empty 2nd rack empty 3rd rack empty 4th rack empty 5th rack empty 6th rack empty 7th rack empty 8th rack empty 9th rack empty 10th rack empty Visual
60 55 (5+) 49 (11+) 43 (17+) 37 (23+) 31 (29+) 25 (35+) 19 (41+) 13 (47+) 7 (53+) 1 (59+) No
Ammo racks of the Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41), located behind the driver and at the feet of the commander/gunner.


  • Recommended ammo load is 37 to remove rear ammo racks.

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


  • 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


  • 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.


The SdKfz 221, also known as the PSW 221, along with its sister SdKfz 222 was the standard German light armoured car in 1939. A total of 339 221s and 989 222's were built. The 221 carried a machine gun in an open-top turret, while the 222 carried a 20mm cannon. The 221 was taken out of service by the end of 1942.

The 2.8 cm sPzB 41 taper-bore heavy anti-tank rifle had a 28mm breech calibre, but due to malleable skirts around the projectile, the projectile emerged from the barrel with a 20mm calibre. This greatly increased the possible muzzle velocity (4600 ft/sec at the muzzle), but required rounds with tungsten carbide cores to prevent shattering on impact, and rapidly wore out the gun bore. In 1942 the other requirements and scarcity of tungsten forced its discontinuation in anti-tank round production, and the weapons were no longer usable after existing ammo supplies ran out.


See also

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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