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Sd.Kfz.222: A Little Tank

The Sd.Kfz.222 light reconnaissance armored vehicle was one of the most successful vehicles of this type in service with the German land army and saw intense use in combat during WWII.

Sd.Kfz.222, SPAAG, Germany/China, rank I


  • High mobility
  • 20mm autocannon
  • Shoots both ground and aerial targets
  • Light protection

The 4 wheel drive light armored car Leichter Panzerspähwagen (2 cm) Sd.Kfz. 222 went into mass production in Germany in 1935. The vehicle was designed to replace the previous modification Sd.Kfz. 221 and was built on the same Horch 801/EG I chassis. However, the Sd.Kfz. 222 was equipped with the 20mm KwK 30 autocannon instead, which was followed by the faster-firing KwK 38 on later series. The Sd.Kfz.222 armored car was actively used as part of the reconnaissance battalions of tank divisions during actions in Europe, mostly on paved roads. In 1938, Germany exported some of the vehicles to China, where the Sd.Kfz.222 was used against Japanese invasion.


In War Thunder, the Sd.Kfz.222 will become one of the initial vehicles in the German and Chinese tech trees. The main difference from its predecessor, Sd.Kfz. 221, lies in its magazine-fed 20 mm automatic cannon, the real game changer. The early Chinese version comes with a KwK30 cannon, while the German version wields KwK38 with higher fire rate and punchy sub-caliber AP rounds.

The automatic cannon, coupled with the vehicle's good mobility on hard ground and roads, completely re-energise gameplay. The vehicle is well suited for flanking breakthroughs and supporting allied tanks from the second line of attack. In urban battles against lightly armored targets, which are the majority at the initial ranks, a rapid-fire cannon with armor-piercing belt is always more effective than non-automatic guns of larger calibers. Another huge plus for Sd.Kfz. 222 is the ability to shoot down enemy aircraft, thanks to the high elevation angle of the gun.

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The Sd.Kfz. 222’s light armor can be pierced by any heavy machine gun, especially in the area of ​​​​the battle compartment. Although this is not the biggest problem at the initial ranks, you'd better remember that this armored car is one of the most vulnerable vehicles in the German lineup, yielding only to gun trucks.

In War Thunder the Sd.Kfz. 222 will arrive with the release of the next major update, among other vehicles, aircraft, features and new locations, which we cover in our Devblog series - so don't miss it!

You can greatly speed up the research on this vehicle with:

German Beginner's Pack
The Kit Includes:
  • SdKfz 140/1 (Rank I, Germany)
  • Ju 87 R-2 (Rank I, Germany)
  • 120000 Silver Lions
  • Premium Account for 7 days
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