Wespe

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Wespe

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Germany SPG Tier III
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 48,000  Credits
Hit Points 130130 HP
Weight Limit 10.90/1111.45/13.1 t
Crew
Commander (Radio Operator)
Driver
Gunner
Loader
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 130150 hp
Speed Limit 40 km/h
Traverse 2224 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 11.9313.1 hp/t
Pivot YesYes
Armor
Hull Armor 30/14/14 mm
Armament
Damage 308-513308-513 HP
Penetration 40-6640-66 mm
Rate of Fire
3100% crew: ? rpm
+ BiA : ? rpm
+ Food: ? rpm
3100% crew: ? rpm
+ BiA : ? rpm
+ Food: ? rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.8100% crew: ? m
+ BiA : ? m
+ Food: ? m
0.76100% crew: 0.73 m
+ BiA : 0.71 m
+ Food: 0.68 m
m
Aim time
6100% crew: 5.75 s
+ BiA : 5.61 s
+ Food: 5.4 s
6100% crew: 5.75 s
+ BiA : 5.61 s
+ Food: 5.4 s
s
Gun Traverse Speed
22100% crew: 22.94 deg/s
+ BiA : 23.46 deg/s
+ Food: 24.5 deg/s
22100% crew: 22.94 deg/s
+ BiA : 23.46 deg/s
+ Food: 24.5 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc -20°/+20°
Elevation Arc -5°/+42°-5°/+42°
Ammo Capacity 3232 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range
330100% crew: ? m
+ BiA : ? m
+ Food: ? m
330100% crew: ? m
+ BiA : ? m
+ Food: ? m
m
Signal Range
310100% crew: 323.29 m
+ BiA : 330.59 m
+ Food: 345.21 m
455100% crew: 474.5 m
+ BiA : 485.23 m
+ Food: 506.68 m
m
Parent Contour-Germany-GW Mk VIe.png
Child
Contour-Germany-Pz Sfl IVb.png4,740 XP
Research
RT-Germany-Wespe.jpg
Values are Stock - click for Top
Germany-Wespe.png

The Wespe is a German tier 3 self-propelled gun.

First saw combat in the Battle of Kursk (Operation Citadel) and went on to fight on all fronts. Manufactured from February 1943 through July 1944, with a total production of 675 self-propelled guns and 159 ammunition carriers.

It is an excellent SPG for its tier. It is somewhat accurate and has a good gun with a fast rate of fire for an SPG. It can use armor piercing shells on its second gun, which makes it impossible to counter-arty, although whether or not people will be trying to counter-battery a tier 3 tank is questionable; very few players have the skill and patience to do this at such a low tier. Its traverse speed is slow and the engine has low horsepower, so it requires good positioning at the beginning of the round; it takes time to change position. Later SPGs are significantly faster.

The Wespe leads to the Pz.Sfl. IVb.


















Modules

Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
03III 10,5 cm le.F.H. 16 L/22 32 410/350 HP 53/104 mm 128 Credits/10 Gold
3100% crew: ? rpm
+ BiA : ? rpm
+ Food: ? rpm
r/m
0.8100% crew: ? m
+ BiA : ? m
+ Food: ? m
m
6100% crew: 5.75 s
+ BiA : 5.61 s
+ Food: 5.4 s
s
-5°/+42° --- 13,90013,900 Credits 0490 490 kg
05V 10,5 cm le.F.H. 18 L/28 32 410/350/350 HP 53/104/64 mm 128 Credits/10 Gold/120 Credits
3100% crew: ? rpm
+ BiA : ? rpm
+ Food: ? rpm
r/m
0.76100% crew: 0.73 m
+ BiA : 0.71 m
+ Food: 0.68 m
m
6100% crew: 5.75 s
+ BiA : 5.61 s
+ Food: 5.4 s
s
-5°/+42° 2,400 34,11034,110 Credits 0585 585 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
02II Maybach HL 57 TR 0130 130 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 1,1201,120 Credits 0540 540 kg
03III Maybach HL 62 TR 0140 140 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 145 4,2204,220 Credits 0550 550 kg
03III Maybach HL 45 P 0150 150 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 380 5,6005,600 Credits 0500 500 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
02II Wespe 001111 t 02222 d/s ------ 000000600600 Credits 5,000 5,000 kg
03III Wespe verstärkteketten 13.113.1 t 02424 d/s 345345 1,8601,860 Credits 5,000 5,000 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
03III FuG 5
310100% crew: 323.29 m
+ BiA : 331.26 m
+ Food: 344.54 m
310100% crew: 323.29 m
+ BiA : 331.26 m
+ Food: 344.54 m
m
0--- --- 000000630630 Credits 0050 50 kg
07VII FuG Spr. 1
455100% crew: 474.5 m
+ BiA : 486.2 m
+ Food: 505.7 m
455100% crew: 474.5 m
+ BiA : 486.2 m
+ Food: 505.7 m
m
3,600 3,600 21,60021,600 Credits 0150 150 kg

Historical Info

Wespe SPG.jpg

In the early 1942, the Panzerkampfwagen II (Sd.Kfz.121) light tank was withdrawn from frontline Panzer units and relocated to second line duties after being in service since 1936. That step provided the opportunity to use its reliable chassis and components for conversions such as the Marder II tank destroyer and Wespe. Alkett designed the Wespe in mid 1942, and its practical design was chosen over other designs based upon the Panzerkampfwagen III or Panzerkampfwagen IV’s chassis. Wespe (Wasp) was a light self-propelled gun armed with a 105mm light field-howitzer and based on the unmodified and modified Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F chassis. Wespe received the designation Sd.Kfz.124, but was also known as the 10.5cm le FH18/2 Fahrgestell auf Geschützwagen PzKpfw II and as the Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell PzKpfw II (Sf).

The main idea behind the design of Wespe was to provide all mobile formations with proper and indirect artillery support. Wespes were to operate behind the frontlines and were not to engage enemy vehicles, however, they carried armor-piercing ammunition in case of an encounter. Like artillery, the Wespe operated in batteries and received orders and directions from forward observers by radio or field telephone: reducing the risk of being exposed to direct enemy fire. The Wespe was based on the regular Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F light tank chassis and on modified Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F chassis'. Both versions used many standard components of the Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F light tank. Ausf F was the last variant of Panzerkampfwagen II to enter full-scale production. Ausf F was produced by FAMO of Breslau (Wroclaw) and some 1400 chassis were manufactured, while 524 were completed as tanks from 1941 to 1943. This model featured increased armor protection and other modifications based on battle experience.

The early version of the Wespe was based on a regular tank chassis with engine moved forward (to a more central location) and the suspension reinforced in order to absorb the stress from firing-recoil. The later version was based on a modified chassis with a slightly lengthened (by 220mm) hull, engine and radiators moved forward (to more central location), and the suspension reinforced to absorb the stress from firing-recoil. The longer hull resulted in an increase in the space between the last road-wheel and idler. Modified chassis' were known as Geschützwagen II - Gun Vehicle / Gun Carriage IIs. The configuration of the driver compartment was changed during production, creating two variants as well.
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