Panzerkampfwagen 38 (t)

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Technical Information

Technical details of the Pz Kpfw 38 (t).
Pz Kpfw 38 (t) Ausf. A Pz Kpfw 38 (t) Ausf. G
Crew
Crew
  • Commander/gunner
  • Loader
  • Radio operator
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 9.73 t
Length 4.61 m
Width 2.14 m
Height 2.25 m
Firing height 1.71 m
Ground pressure 0.64 kg/cm²
Armor
Hull, front 12-25 mm 12-50 mm
Hull, sides and rear 8-15 mm 8-30 mm
Hull, top 8 mm 8-10 mm
Hull, bottom 8 mm
Turret, front 25 mm 50 mm
Turret, sides and rear 15 mm 25-30 mm
Turret, top 8 mm 12 mm
Performance
Maximum speed 42 km/h
Road speed 35 km/h
Cross-country speed 17 km/h
Maximum grade 37°
Trench crossing 1.9 m
Vertical obstacle 80 cm
Fording depth 80 cm
Fuel capacity 220 l
Mileage (road) 0.88 l/km
Mileage (cross-country) 2.20 l/km
Cruising range 250 km
Cross-country range 100 km
Engine
Make and model Praga Typ TNHPS/II
Type Water cooled
Cylinders 6
Displacement 7750 cc
Fuel Gasoline
Max. governed speed 2200 rpm
Net h.p. 125
Armament
Main weapon 3,7 cm Kw K 38 (t)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm M G 37 (t)
Ammunition Storage
Main weapon 3,7 cm Pzgr: 90
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm S m K: 2700

Additional Reading

Web Links

Books

Sources

  1. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Panzer Tracts No. 18 - Panzerkampfwagen 38 (t) Ausf. A to G und S : Production, Modification, and Operational History from 1939 to 1942. Boyds, MD : Panzer Tracts, 2007. 76 p. ISBN 0-9771643-6-5.