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|300300 HP Hit Points|
|22.15/2323/25 t Weight Limit|
- Radio Operator
|250300 hp Engine Power|
|42/10 km/h Speed Limit|
|2426 deg/s Traverse|
|11.2913.04 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio|
|30/20/20 mm Hull Armor|
|540//680// HP Damage|
|38//39// mm Penetration|
|r/m 2.27 r/m 1.93 Rate of Fire|
▲1312.4 Damage Per Minute
With 50% Crew: 0.867 m
With 50% Crew: 0.842 m
|s 4.9 s 6.2 Aim time|
|1010 deg/s Gun Traverse Speed|
|30° Gun Arc|
|-3°/+42°-3°/+42° Elevation Arc|
|2218 rounds Ammo Capacity|
|2020 % Chance of Fire|
|m 265 m 265 View Range|
|m 310 m 710 Signal Range|
In the autumn of 1942 the Alkett company started the development of a new SPG with a 150-mm gun. To boost new vehicle production, it was planned to use the readily available components of Pz. III and Pz. IV vehicles. The SPG was made on the same chassis as the Nashorn heavy tank destroyer. A total of 714 vehicles and 150 ammunition carriers that used the same chassis were built.
Built on the Pz.Kpfw. III/IV chassis, the Hummel is a very well-rounded piece of artillery. The second gun can take down or seriously damage any heavy tank. This, combined with a good accuracy, makes it one of the best T6 SPGs. It can also be played in "tank destroyer mode" (direct fire) when needed. However, because of its height and low gun depression, going into a short range gunfight is not advisable, since you're likely to just overshoot anything in front of you. Interestingly, it was the first SPG to be introduced in the game, one of the first seven tanks created when the game was in Alpha testing.
The Hummel leads to the G.W. Panther.
Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables
|Rate of fire
|V||15 cm s.F.H. 13 L/17||38||540||2.27||0.7||4.9||1200||44920|
|VI||15 cm s.F.H. 18 L/29.5||39||680||1.93||0.68||6.2||1880||61730|
|Chance of Fire on Impact
|IV||Maybach HL 108 TR R||250||20||850||9250|
|IV||Maybach HL 120 TRM 112 R||272||20||920||9500|
|V||Maybach HL 120 TRM R||300||20||920||15000|
Pros and Cons
- Impressive top gun range (1250 m)
- Good alpha damage
- Decent gun traverse arc
- Low dispersion while turning
- Can be played as TD when needed
- Large silhouette
- Mediocre, at best, accuracy
- Not that good mobility
- Most expensive shells of all T6 SPGs
- First gun has only 800m range and very slow shell travel speed
The Hummel starts off as a larger version of the Grille with the same gun. As soon as the upgraded gun is bought, however, everything changes. First of all, the second gun has a slow aim speed compared with other guns, and this can be quite frustrating in the beginning. If time and patience are taken, however, this SPG will perform really well. The gun does a nice amount of damage and penetration, and can easily stay competitive in tier 8 games. It has a good traverse arc, without having to turn the whole vehicle.
The 18 rounds carried won't run out as often as they would in the Grille due to the lower rate of fire. Fire discipline must be taken in order to be effective, and make sure to let the aim circle to shrink all the way without taking premature shots, as this is the only way to chance a hit. Other wise, it'll be a waste of a shell. The 27 seconds of reload time is very long however; it may seem that you can fire, relocate, re-aim, and load for your next shot, but the long aim time will leave you with ripe targets you cannot accurately hit.
- Unfortunately, only the radios carry over from the Grille.
- Research and install the engines first, as they are cheap XP wise.
- The upgraded suspension is necessary in order to mount the second gun.
- Now research the 15 cm sFH 18 L/30.
- Go from there.
In early 1942, one prototype based on the Panzerkampfwagen III’s chassis and armed with 105mm leFH17 howitzer (with muzzle brake) was constructed. Its design was rejected in favor of using the Panzerkampfwagen IV’s chassis. This design was accepted, and one prototype, based on the Panzerkampfwagen IV’s chassis and armed with 105mm leFH17, was produced.In late July of 1942, it was decided to replace the gun with the more powerful 150mm sFH 18 L/30 howitzer (without muzzle brake) based on the special chassis by Alkett/Rheinmetall-Borsig designated Geschutzwagen III/IV. It combined components of both the Pz.Kpfw. III (mainly Ausf J - driving and steering mechanism) and Pz.Kpfw. IV (mainly Ausf F - suspension, engine, cooling system). Originally, the Hummel (Bumble-Bee) was planned to be another "interim solution" until a specially designed gun platform / chassis was developed.
Sources and External Links
|USA||IIT1 HMC • IIIT18 HMC • IIIM7 Priest • IVT82 HMC • IVM37 • VM41 HMC • VIM44 • VIIM12 • VIIIM40/M43 • IXM53/M55 • XT92 HMC|
|UK||IILoyd Gun Carriage • IIISexton II • IIISexton I • IVBirch Gun • VBishop • VIFV304 • VIICrusader 5.5-in. SP • VIIIFV207 • IXFV3805 • XConqueror Gun Carriage|
|Germany||IIG.Pz. Mk. VI (e) • IIISturmpanzer I Bison • IIIWespe • IVPz.Sfl. IVb • IVSturmpanzer II • VGrille • VIHummel • VIIG.W. Panther • VIIIG.W. Tiger (P) • IXG.W. Tiger • XG.W. E 100|
|France||IIRenault FT 75 BS • IIILorraine 39L AM • IVAMX 105 AM mle. 47 • VAMX 13 105 AM mle. 50 • V105 leFH18B2 • VIAMX 13 F3 AM • VIILorraine 155 mle. 50 • VIIILorraine 155 mle. 51 • IXBat.-Châtillon 155 55 • XBat.-Châtillon 155 58|
|USSR||IISU-18 • IIISU-26 • IVSU-5 • VSU-122A • VISU-8 • VIIS-51 • VIISU-14-1 • VIIISU-14-2 • IX212A • XObject 261|