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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Decent to good armour for the rank that can shrug off several reserve guns with poor shots
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* 50mm' of frontal armor is good for the BR.
* Cannon's APCR rounds have great penetration
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* 20mm has an insane rate of fire.
* Great survivability, not hull breakable
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* 20mm HVAP rounds have incredible close range penetration values.
* Good turret traverse
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* HVAP rounds cause a large amount of spalling. Unloading the full 10 round magazine will shred the enemy tank's crew/modules. 
* Great mobility
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* has nearly 90 degrees of elevation, making it an effective AA tank.
* Less wobbly than Flakpanzer I
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* Very fast and very mobile, making it a good flanker and brawler.
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
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* Has a 30mm plate of armor between the turret and chassis. Fairly easy to penetrate.
 
* Low gun depression of -4 degrees
 
* Low gun depression of -4 degrees
* Half the turret traverse of the Flakpanzer I
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* Rather large and very tall. Not easy to hid.
* Bigger profile
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* Even longer reload between clips than main tree vehicles.
* Even longer reload between clips than main tree vehicles
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* HVAP is bad and penetrating well angled tanks, or tanks that farther than 500 meters away.
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* API rounds are essentially worse than the HVAP rounds in every way. Worse muzzle velocity, worse penetration values, and creates zero spall if penetration occurs.
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Revision as of 17:42, 12 February 2020

Aufklärungspanzer 38(t)
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
4 peopleCrew
74 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
50 / 15 / 0Hull
30 / 10 / 8Turret
Mobility
11.0 tWeight
305 hp160 hpEngine power
28 hp/t15 hp/tSurface density
64 km/h forward
6 km/h back
58 km/h forward
6 km/h back
Speed
Armament
20 mm KwK38 cannonMain weapon
300 roundsAmmunition
6.0 / 7.8 sReload
10 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
-4° / 70°Vertical guidance
7.92 mm MG42 machine gunCoaxial weapon
1 800 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png530/540/410Repair
450 Sl icon.pngCrew training
3 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png20 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png10 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage SdKfz140-1.jpg


The Sd.Kfz. 140/1 is a rank I premium German light tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41.

General info

Survivability and armour

This vehicle is all-around better than the Flakpanzer I at the same BR in the tech tree. It has a 50mm front plate, a 30mm sloped turret, and four crew spaced out nicely.

Mobility

Game Mode Mobility characteristics Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Max Speed Weight AoA Weight Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 65 11.0 N/A 248 ____ 22.55 __.__
Realistic 58 142 ____ 12.91 __.__

Speed and power-to-weight ratio are both superior to the Flakpanzer I, being 58 km/h forward, -6 km/h backward, and a power-to-weight ratio of 15.45 hp/ton .

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: KwK 38 (20 mm)

This tank is equipped with the FlaK 38 (20 mm), which is one of the better low-rank guns. It has good HE for taking out planes, 46 mm pen AP-I, and 64 mm pen APCR. Unlike the Flakpanzer I, the APCR belt is full APCR instead of half.

Machine Guns

Main article: MG 42 (7.92 mm)

This tank has a coaxial 7.92 mm MG 42 machine gun that is a sufficient fallback to the FlaK 38. The MG42 is unlikely to be of help against other ground vehicles but is best used between reloads to maintain a semi-constant rate of fire on enemy aircraft.

Usage in battles

The Sd.Kfz.140/1 is simply better than the Flakpanzer I. Faster, more mobile, better-armoured, not hull-breakable, better APCR belt, less wobbly suspension, and better survivability. It does the same job as its main tree brethren, flanking and taking out specific targets of opportunity with the HVAP. Like the other two flankers, it cannot deal with B1 bis, B1 ter, or Valentine Mk I at all, but otherwise, it can shred everything it encounters.

The only cons it has versus the Flakpanzer I are gun depression of just -4 degrees (Flakpanzer's -10 degrees) and slower turret traverse of 12.4 degrees/sec (Flakpanzer's 24.5 degrees/sec). Also, the reload rate is half what the Flakpanzer I or Gepard have, 7.6 seconds vs their 3.9 seconds.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 50mm' of frontal armor is good for the BR.
  • 20mm has an insane rate of fire.
  • 20mm HVAP rounds have incredible close range penetration values.
  • HVAP rounds cause a large amount of spalling. Unloading the full 10 round magazine will shred the enemy tank's crew/modules.
  • has nearly 90 degrees of elevation, making it an effective AA tank.
  • Very fast and very mobile, making it a good flanker and brawler.

Cons:

  • Has a 30mm plate of armor between the turret and chassis. Fairly easy to penetrate.
  • Low gun depression of -4 degrees
  • Rather large and very tall. Not easy to hid.
  • Even longer reload between clips than main tree vehicles.
  • HVAP is bad and penetrating well angled tanks, or tanks that farther than 500 meters away.
  • API rounds are essentially worse than the HVAP rounds in every way. Worse muzzle velocity, worse penetration values, and creates zero spall if penetration occurs.

History

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In-game description

The Aufklärungspanzer 38(t) reconnaissance tank was based on the Pz.38(t) towards the end of 1943, by the BMM construction office in Prague. The order specifications required a 20 mm automatic cannon and a 75 mm regular cannon.

A Praga AE engine with 160 hp at 2600 rpm replaced the Praga AC. This required a change in the exhaust system and the introduction of a longer exhaust pipe, which, together with a muffler, was put on the tank's roof. The tank's hull received a new superstructure, with modified inclination and with riveted joints for its armor plates.

The tank's armament consisted of a 20 mm automatic KwK38 L/55 cannon paired with a 7.92 mm MG42 machine gun. The guns could be pointed anywhere between -4 and 70 degrees and so could fire at air targets. The tank's ammunition included 300 shells and 1,500 machine gun rounds.

The open-top hexahedral turret, manufactured by the company Appelt, was equipped with a metal mesh to protect against hand grenades. The tank's armor thickness ranged from 8 to 50 millimeters. Its operational weight reached 9,750 kg. At this weight, its maximum highway speed was 52 kph, and its maximum highway range was 240 kilometers.

The Aufklärungpanzer 38(t) tank was accepted into the Wehrmacht in 1944, but large-scale production of the machine was never successfully introduced. A total of 70 tanks were produced.

The tanks were used on both the West and the Eastern Fronts.

Its design was successful, reliable, and advanced. However, the rivet joints in its armor plating were a disadvantage.

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See also

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Germany light tanks
Pz.II  Pz.II C · Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C (DAK) · Pz.II F · Pz.Sfl.Ic
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · 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 · TAM · SPz BMP-1

Germany premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  Pz.II C (DAK) · Sd.Kfz. 140/1 · Pz.Sfl.Ic · Ru 251
Medium tanks  Nb.Fz. · Pz.III N · Pz.Bfw.IV · ▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r) · Ersatz M10 · mKPz M47 G · Leopard A1A1 (L/44)
Heavy tanks  ▀Pz.Kpfw. Churchill · ▀KV-IB · ▀KV I C 756 (r) · ▀KV II 754 (r) · VK 45.01 (P) · ␠Tiger
  Pz.Bef.Wg.VI P · Tiger II (H) Sla.16
Tank destroyers  15 cm Pz.W.42 · Brummbär · Panzer IV/70(A) · Bfw. Jagdpanther · Sd.Kfz.234/3
  Sd.Kfz.234/4 · VFW