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PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf A

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1939 - 1942
Quantity Produced150
Weight9.5 tonne
Crew4
M.G's small2
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length4.60 mtr
Width2.12 mtr
Height2.40 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed26 mph
Max Cross Country Speed15 mph
Range Road156 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacity0 gal
Horse Power125 hp
Power/Weight13 hp/kg
General Information
Production of the Praga(TNH)LT-38 was taken over when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia, and was designated the Panzer Kampfwagen 38(t).

The version A was a German modification of the original Czech version by adding a loader and reducing the ammunition storage by 18 rounds to compensate.

The Ausf(Model) A was manufactured from March 1939 until January 1940 when it was superceeded by the Ausf B.

The PzKpfW 38(t) tank was discontinued in 1942, however the chassis continued to be produced till 1945 as the basis for a range of Tank Destroyers.

Armour Details
Turret
Front25mm@10°(25mm)
Side15mm@10°(15mm)
Rear15mm@10°(15mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Superstructure
Front25mm@17°(26mm)
Side15mm@0°(15mm)
Rear10mm@60°(20mm)
Top8mm@90°(8 mm)
Hull
Front25mm@16°(26mm)
Side15mm@0°(15mm)
Rear15mm@12°(15mm)
Top8mm@90°(8 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 26 mm - Minimum 8 mm


Weapon Details
3.7cm KwK 38 L/47.8
Calibre37mm
LengthL/47
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
AP(AP) 37mm 0.85Kg   750M/Sec 34mm@100m/30deg
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.14 0.28 0.6 1.36 2.37 3.77 5.82 9.15
Penetration(mm) 50 49 46 40 34 29 23 18
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 90 54 22 3 1
 
3.7cm PzGr40(APCR) 37mm 0.37Kg   1020M/Sec 64mm@100m/30deg
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.1 0.22 0.49 1.31 2.94 7.85
Penetration(mm) 99 93 83 62 41 20
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 90 29 2

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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