Pz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f)

The Pz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) is a German tier 2 premium light tank.

In the course of the French Campaign, Germany captured about 600 Hotchkiss 39 vehicles. They were modified and continued to serve in Wehrmacht units.

Since it is a captured French tank, its play style differs from the other low-tier German tanks. Even so, it is often compared to the Maus because of its low-damage gun, low mobility, and high armor. One may use it as a line breakthrough tank or a durable sniper. Two hits (possibly even one) directed towards the commander's cupola or turret ring may disable this tank for the remainder of the battle.

This tank was removed from the in-game store in February 2012, following the introduction of the French Tech Tree. Since then, it has been available in the gift shop twice (August 2012 and May 2013).

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Relatively thick armor stops most tier 2 light tank guns at long range (unless they are firing premium ammo)
Superior to the H35 in many "soft" stats such as terrain resistance
Second best radio of its tier
Decent accuracy for tier 2
Highest view range of all tier 2 tanks

Cons:

Poor mobility
Somewhat low penetration
Vulnerable to tank destroyers and tier 3 weaponry
2-man complement is vulnerable to crew wipeout
Armored trench rails and thicker gun mantlet have minimal effect

Performance

The "Minimaus" or "Hotchy" was once the most feared tank in Battle Tier 2. It is basically a Hotchkiss H35 with significantly better top speed, hit points, traverse, view range, signal range, penetration, rate of fire, aim time and accuracy. The only disadvantages in comparison are slightly poorer engine power and gun depression.

There was a time when the only thing to stop one was another Minimaus. In recent times, with the addition of the Tetrarch and more recently the French TD line, there are guns that now easily penetrate its armor. If you find yourself facing them regularly, it is a good thing to learn which guns on which tanks are capable of penetrating its armor. The BT-2, T-26, Tetrarch and even the lowly MS-1 all possess guns capable of regularly doing damage to this tank. Prior to the arrival of the tier 2 tank destroyers, the Minimaus was able to achieve Top Gun regularly. With this new challenge, players will need to learn to play this tank a lot wiser and use its view range to maximum benefit.