In March 1941, the Rheinmetall-Borsig company ordered sixteen captured B1 Bis tanks to be converted into SPGs. The work was started only at the end of 1941 due to the lack of operational tanks. The vehicles entered service in 1942.
It is the first premium self-propelled gun to be added into the game. Overall, it can be compared to the AMX 13 105 AM mle. 50, since its gun has about the same damage, accuracy, and range. Making a valuable addition to firepower on public matches, but still loses against opponents like the Grille for its unmatched accuracy and damage, many players will feel right at home using this equipment as it can be very forgiving. Its relativelly thick armor is able to bounce shots from low tier guns, giving it a better defense against light tanks. The leFH18B2 also weighs in at almost 33 tons, allowing it to destroy light tanks that attempt to ram it.
This tank was removed from the in-game store in the 8.6 update. It will be given as special awards during specials and events.
Pros and Cons
- Above average hit points
- Best armor values of its tier
- Above average view range
- High weight often destroys light tanks that ram it
- Great aim time and murderous rate of fire
- Above average accuracy
- Below average top speed
- Slow traverse and acceleration
- Somewhat inconsistent damage and splash range
- Despite the thick armor, the gun shield is rather thin.
- Open top makes it prone to HE shells, although similar to other SPGs
For its main feats, it has gun elevation and depression which enable it to fire even behind some rocks and small buildings and will greatly help in self defense when needed. It has the thickest armor of all artillery for its tier, making an exceptionally difficult target to kill by low tier scouts that do not stop and aim at the weaker armored turret, although, just like the B1, this SPG can be crippled by aiming at the exposed tracks depriving it of movement, but it will take several shots to actually destroy it.
The 105 leFH18B2 does not share the agility or speed of the B1, so relocation and placement can be a problem and has a rather large silhouette in comparison to other SPG's of the same tier, but it can still make good use of the camouflage Module.
It holds an impressive view range, and can be exploited to use it as a Tank Destroyer in combination with the Binoculars module, but should be used only in emergency situations since its generally sullied by players, and although inaccurate, Keeping a few HEAT rounds for more consistent damage to use on self defense or as a Tank Destroyer of sorts, it can be very threatening to most targets around that get too close to you.
Hitting Small targets can be difficult as it can miss several times and the HE splash damage is very poor just like the AMX 13 105 AM mle. 50.
While the LeFH18B2 does have the lowest damage per shot of its tier, it also has the fastest rate of fire for its tier by a decent margin. This also helps it make the low splash range of the HE shells.
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