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Sturer_Emil (Stock)

Totals
1300000 Price
850 Hit Points
33.44 / 36.5 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
50/30/30Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
0/0/10Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
300 h.p.Engine Power
25 km/hSpeed Limit
30 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
300 Standard Shell Damage
169 mmStandard Shell Penetration
8 Time for Complete Loading
26 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
400 mView Range
265 mSignal Range
VII
Sturer Emil
1300000
Experimental tank destroyer on the basis of the prototype of the VK 3001(H) heavy tank. Two vehicles manufactured in 1942 fought on the Eastern Front.

The Panzer Selbstfahrlafette V, or the Sturer Emil, is somewhat of a departure from the previous two German tank destroyers, the Pz.Sfl. IVc and the Nashorn. Unlike its predecessors, it has absolutely no problems with gun depression. However, it has a very low top speed and poor acceleration due to a measly, weak engine, making it a somewhat inflexible machine. It also retains the very poor armor and large size of its predecessors, making it a vulnerable target. Its top gun has extreme alpha damage and penetration for its tier, almost matching those of tier 9 heavy tanks, but it can only carry 15 rounds of ammunition. If the driver of this tank is using this gun, they must be absolutely sure to make every shot count.

Sturer Emil

Stock

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 10,5 cm Kanone 18 1890 169/227/53 300/300/380 7.5 0.36 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 116 750 300 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VI Schwere Betonknacker 17000 36.5 30
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio II FuG 2 0 265

Pz.Sfl. V Moritz

Speed

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 10,5 cm Kanone 18 1890 169/227/53 300/300/380 7.5 0.36 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Maybach HL 116 S 750 310 15
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VII Pz.Sfl. für 12.8 cm K. 40 17000 38.5 34
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

Pz.Sfl. V Max

Attack

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IX 12,8 cm Kanone 40 4800 231/65/53 490/630/380 4.35 0.36 2.5
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Maybach HL 116 S 750 310 15
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VII Pz.Sfl. für 12.8 cm K. 40 17000 38.5 34
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VIII FuG Spr. A 0 700

Compatible Equipment

Large Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class
Large-caliber Tank Gun 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:


  • Very high penetration and damage on top gun, comparable to tier 9 heavy tanks
  • Good accuracy on both guns
  • Great view range
  • Fantastic gun depression


Cons:


  • Poor armor
  • Huge, long profile
  • Open-topped -- vulnerable to artillery and high explosive shells
  • Very low top speed and acceleration, especially when going uphill
  • Trash gun arc


Performance

Pz. Sfl. V is a rather inflexible tank. It is fragile, very slow, and slow to turn. Its open top and light armor means that it's very vulnerable to artillery. However, this tank can excel by using its gun depression on maps with hills and ridges. It is best at peeking over the top of a rise, taking a shot with that awesome alpha, and then pulling back down out of sight. If ridges are not available, the Pz. Sfl. V can also play a traditional tank destroyer role and use its 400m view range to outspot the enemy at extreme distances. With its poor acceleration, slow rotation speed, and light armor, the Pz.Sfl.V is not good at peek-a-boom around corners, nor at retreating if it is spotted. On a city map it is often best to stay behind a line of heavies and carefully shoot over and around them as they move back and forth. Use their armor to protect you as much as possible.

The grind to the top gun is not fun. The stock 105 mm doesn't do enough damage to intimidate opponents. It requires the Sturer Emil to be exposed more often to deal damage. With the 128 mm top gun the alpha damage is great. Getting to a place that you can inflict that damage is the challenge. Maps with a lot of flanking and movement will be a trial. Try to stay near friendlies who can keep you from being over run. Your primary job is to support your friendly tanks so they can keep you alive.

The aim time on the 128 mm is a mediocre 2.5 seconds. With only 15 shells available you want to ensure that you hit with every one possible. Don't underestimate the value of a 630 damage HE shell on the rare enemies that are too hard for you to penetrate. Keep in mind that it only takes 2 or 3 hits for a reasonably good game. Get 4 or more hits you will be having fun!


Historical Info

The 12.8 cm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK30.01(H) "Sturer Emil" (German for "Stubborn Emil") was an experimental World War II German self-propelled anti-tank gun. It was based on the Henschel VK30.01 chassis and both armed with a Rheinmetall 12.8 cm K L/61 gun (based on the 12.8 cm FlaK 40). This gun could traverse 7° to each side, elevate 10° and depress -15°. It carried 15 rounds for the main gun.

The chassis was left over from Henschel's submission for the canceled VK30.01 heavy tank program, but the hull was stretched and an extra road wheel added to accommodate the large gun, which was mounted on a pedestal ahead of the engine. A large, open-topped, fighting compartment was built where the turret was intended to go in the original design.

Two vehicles (named Max and Moritz) were built, both of which served on the Eastern Front. One vehicle was destroyed, the other captured at Stalingrad in January 1943, with 22 kill marks painted on the barrel. This captured vehicle is now displayed in the collection on the Kubinka Tank Museum.


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