After a long break, we are happy to announce that the Tank Academy is back with new articles! From now on, we will expand its subject area and include guides for several vehicles in the game. Of course, there are still some general topics left, which will be covered eventually, but today we are putting a very special German light tank in the spotlight.
The Spähpanzer SP I C (Spähpanzer = armoured reconnaissance vehicle), a German Tier VII Light Tank, replaced the Aufklärungspanzer Panther in Update 9.9, and now connects the VK 28.01 with the Spähpanzer Ru 251 and leads to the Indien-Panzer as well. Also, it's one of the very few German vehicles that can be equipped with an autoloading gun.
|General||90 mm Mecar mit Mehrladeeinrichtung|
(Radio Operator, Loader)
Obviously, the most important aspects of a light tank are its mobility and spotting performance, therefore its paper armour isn't really a major disadvantage. However, when speaking of mobility, that isn't a strong point of the Spähpanzer SP I C either. The power-to-weight-ratio is actually one of the weakest, compared to other Tier VII light tanks, and leads to rather sluggish acceleration, which is quite noticeable when driving uphill, for example. As a result, you might want to use the 100- or 105-octane Gasoline consumables to increase your engine performance by 5 or 10%, hence your acceleration will be improved drastically.
Thanks to it's high view range, this vehicle can easily spot enemy tanks, while profiting from an extremely high camouflage value, because, as you might have seen, the Spähpanzer SP I C is super tiny. This allows you to use even the smallest bush to your advantage. But it's not just hard to spot, it's even harder to hit when it's driving across the battlefield. On open maps you can easily use this vehicle as an active or passive scout. On closed ones like Himmelsdorf or Ensk, however, it's better to support allied medium tanks with its good firepower. The gun of the Spähpanzer SP I C has very unusual characteristics by German standards. Let's take a look at them:
Keeping all points above in mind, you should only peak out with your tiny turret and your great gun depression of 10°, unload your magazine, retreat to reload, and come back just right after you have disappeared from the enemy's sight. Don't forget that some HEAT shells can be very helpful if you are facing thickly armoured vehicles.
Watch out - there might be a Spähpanzer SP I C hiding behind that blade of grass!