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Hummel (Stock)

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Totals
930000 Price
300 Hit Points
22.1 / 23 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
30/10/0Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
15/0/10Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
250 h.p.Engine Power
42 km/hSpeed Limit
24 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
680 Standard Shell Damage
75 mmStandard Shell Penetration
17.1 Time for Complete Loading
16 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
360 mView Range
310 mSignal Range
VI
Hummel
930000
Produced from 1943 through 1944, with a total of 666 vehicles manufactured. They first saw combat in the Battle of Kursk (Operation Citadel).

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.

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 15 cm sFH 13 L/17 1200 75/185 680/680 3.51 0.78 6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 108 TR R 850 250 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis V Hummel Ausf. A 10000 23 24
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

GW III/IV fuer s.F.H. 18/1 (Sf)

Attack

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VI 15 cm sFH 18 L/30 1880 85/185 950/750 2.84 0.76 7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 120 TRM 112 R 920 272 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VI Hummel Ausf. B 10000 25 26
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI FuG 7 0 415

Sd.KFZ 165

Recon

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VI 15 cm sFH 18 L/30 1880 85/185 950/750 2.84 0.76 7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Maybach HL 120 TRM R 920 300 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VI Hummel Ausf. B 10000 25 26
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IX FuG 12 0 710

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Levers
Additional Grousers
Medium-Caliber Artillery Shell Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Chocolate
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Impressive top gun range (1250 m)
  • Good alpha damage and splash
  • Good accuracy
  • Decent gun traverse arc
  • Low dispersion while turning


Cons:


  • Large silhouette
  • Not that good mobility
  • Most expensive shells of all T6 SPGs
  • First gun has only 800m range and very slow shell travel speed


Performance

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 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 truly guarantee a hit. Other wise, it'll be a waste of a shell. The 27 seconds of reload time might seem long, but it actually works out quite well with the Hummel, allowing you to get a nice shot off, relocate, re-aim, and load at a fairly decent pace.


Early Research

  • 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.


Historical Info

Based on the experiences gained in the early stages of fighting on the Eastern Front,in late 1941, plans were laid for the development of artillery support vehicles, including a howitzer carrier based on Panzerkampfwagen III’s chassis. Its main role was to provide other units with mobile artillery support on the battlefield.

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.


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