A combination of heavy half-track and 88 mm Flak cannon? Does that sound odd?
Not if German engineering has anything to do with it! Let us introduce, the 8.8cm Flak 37 (Sf.) auf s. Zgkw. 18t
The Sd.Kfz.9 was the heaviest German half-tracked vehicle operated during the Second World War. Designed initially as heavy tractor for heavy artillery and as a recovery vehicle capable of towing tanks from critical situations. The first prototype was conceived in 1936.
The vehicle was primarily designed to be an engineering machine, however it was during the Second World War that the Sd.Kfz. 9 was employed as a platform for artillery. The vehicle became a mobile Anti-Aircraft Artillery and Tank Destroyer capable of mounting several configurations of weaponry. The most dangerous of which, was that version that mounted the infamous 88mm Flak Cannon.
In War Thunder players will be able to operate the 8.8cm Flak 37 (Sf.) auf s. Zgkw. 18 ton tractor mounted with an 88 mm Flak 37 cannon. This version is considered the “bigger brother” of the already available Sd.Kfz. 6/2 with the 37 mm cannon. It will soon become apparent however from the first glance, which of them are better prepared for battle.
Equipped with a stronger engine, a more powerful cannon and light armour means that every enemy tanker will think twice before they decide to engage you. The 88mm cannon is capable of penetrating the armour of most ground vehicles and a well aimed shot can eliminate many of them with a single shell.
Drivers of the 8.8cm Flak 37 (Sf.) auf s. Zgkw. 18t however need to be aware that it is not heavy armoured machine but a lightly armoured half-track which has the potential to withstand attacks from light machine guns or shrapnel from bombs, but will most likely not survive a direct hit from any large caliber cannons. The best tactic to use with this vehicle be to provide support for friendly ground vehicles from the 2nd line. Especially considering the precise and deadly nature of the 88mm Flak 37.
8.8cm Flak 37 (Sf.) auf s. Zgkw. 18t is a combination of a well know half-track chassis with the iconic 88mm cannon that will be a great addition to regular German Tech Tree in War Thunder!
The War Thunder Team