PANZER 38(t) AUSF A to D

PANZER 38(t) AUSF A to D
Image: Panzer 38(t)
YearAusf A: May 1939
Ausf B: January 1940
Ausf C: May 19
Vehicle TypeLight Tank
Origin & DesignerCzechoslovakia/BMM
Numbers ProducedAusf A: 150
Ausf B: 110
Ausf C: 110
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Hull Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/47.8 KwK 38(t) A7 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +25°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTFZ(t)
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm MGZF(t) (Coaxial & Bow)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried72 x 37mm & 2.400 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight9.400 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth0.90m
Trench Crossing1.86m
Obstacle Clearance0.80m
Climbing Ability29°
ArmourHull Front: 25mm
Hull Sides: 15mm
Hull Rear: 15mm
Hull Top: 8mm
Hull Bottom: 8mm
Gun Mantle: 25mm
Turret Front: 25mm
Turret Sides: 15mm
Turret Rear: 15mm
Turret Top: 10mm
EnginePraga EPA (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range230 km
Maximum Cross Country Range165 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed42 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed15 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Panzer 38(t) was developed as a replacement for the LT.Vz.35. although the Czech army had ordered the tank, none were in service by March 1939. The German army saw how good the vehicle was and ordered production to be continued. The first thing the German designers wanted was a two man turret so an extra crewmen was added as a loader with the space being created by removing some ammunition racks. The gun was the Skoda A7 which was called the 37mm KwK 37 by the Germans. The main advantage of the Panzer 38(t) was its running gear, with large road wheels and leaf spring suspension. It was a very reliable vehicle and its chassis was used for a number of conversions, many as a tank destroyer. The first four models (Ausf A, B, C & D) were virtually the same except for minor details and served on every front except North Africa.