Sturmpanzer I Bison
Sturmpanzer I Bison
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|230230 HP Hit Points|
|6.76/76.95/9.2 t Weight Limit|
- Commander (Radio Operator)
|60100 hp Engine Power|
|40/10 km/h Speed Limit|
|1416 deg/s Traverse|
|8.8814.39 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio|
|13/13/13 mm Hull Armor|
|400//400// HP Damage|
|35//35// mm Penetration|
|r/m 2.63 r/m 2.63 Rate of Fire|
▲1052 Damage Per Minute
With 50% Crew: 1.065 m
With 50% Crew: 1.065 m
|s 6.5 s 6.5 Aim time|
|1616 deg/s Gun Traverse Speed|
|12° Gun Arc|
|-4°/+75°-4°/+75° Elevation Arc|
|2121 rounds Ammo Capacity|
|2020 % Chance of Fire|
|m 245 m 245 View Range|
|m 265 m 700 Signal Range|
Developed from 1939 through 1940 on the chassis of the Panzerkampfwagen I. Equipped with the 150 mm s.I.G. 33 gun that was mounted together with the gun carriage. Rate of fire was three rounds per minute; on-board ammunition totaled eight shells. The vehicle required the support of an ammunition carrier. The SPG was used from 1940 through 1943 during the French Campaign, Balkan Campaign, and on the Eastern Front. Later the Sturmpanzer II with a similar gun type was developed.
The Sturmpanzer I Bison marks the end of its German self-propelled gun line.
Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables
|Rate of fire
|III||15 cm s.I.G. 33 L/11||35||400||2.63||0.86||6.5||760||8880|
|Chance of Fire on Impact
|II||Maybach HL 38 TR||100||20||500||700|
|III||Sturmpanzer I verstärkteketten||9.2||16||0||2750||1160|
Pros and Cons
- Gun range: 600 m
- High damage and penetration, can one shot most LTs in tier upon direct hit
- Large splash radius for its tier and high shell trajectory, can damage unsuspecting opponents
- Is the only SPG at its tier that can stun
- Insanely powerful top radio, can stay in touch across the map; despite rarely useful due to its low accuracy at range
- Mediocre to bad maneuverability even for a SPG, slow acceleration and traverse
- Difficult to handle: has very limited gun arc, lengthy aim time and bad shell velocity
- Limited damage potential due to slow reload rate and small supply of only 12 shells on board
- Little self-defense capability: extremely low view range, unreliable accuracy even at point-blank range and little armor
The Bison differentiates itself from the other tier 3 SPGs by firing bigger shells with a slower rate of fire. A direct hit is fatal to most of the opponents it faces. The slow rate of fire is painful, but what really hurts is the time it takes to aim on targets.
If you're looking for an SPG to learn the ropes of the class with, you're probably better off not going with this one, but if you're experienced with higher tier artillery already, then you're probably already used to slow reload times. Regardless, if you don't like the Bison, it doesn't take long to get through it.
The Bison is a very slow SPG, having a low turning rate, acceleration, and top speed. It also doesn't hold too many shells, so firing erratically is ill-advised. The Bison does, however, have an excellent firing angle at long ranges, allowing you to shoot if an enemy is completely behind cover. Also, the Bison can one-shot any tier 2-3 scouts with ease, and any tier 4 scouts with 75% health or lower. Missing in close quarters engagements will prove lethal, however, due to its very slow rate of fire.
In all, consider the Bison the T92 of tier 3 artillery. Although it has a very poor aim time, rate of fire and accuracy, it has a huge splash radius, damage and penetration that will be sure to severely damage or destroy most tanks it fires at. This makes this SPG paradoxically better the higher tier matches it plays in; as the tanks get slower, this artillery gets more effective, crippling tier 4 tank destroyers and easily penetrating even an AMX 40 if you hit the right spots.
- The Maybach HL 38 TR engine carries over from the Pz. I and the Pz.Jg I, so you can install it if already acquired.
- Your best bet is likely to research the upgraded suspension first.
The chassis was overloaded and breakdowns were frequent. The vehicle's extreme height and lack of on-board ammunition were severe tactical drawbacks.Thirty-eight were produced in February 1940, by Alkett. Thirty-six of these were organized into independent schwere Infanteriegeschütz-Kompanie ("Self-propelled Heavy Infantry Gun Companies"); mot.S. Numbers 701-706 and these were assigned to the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Panzer Divisions in the Battle of France as well as Operation Barbarossa. The 705th and 706th were destroyed during Operation Barbarossa, belonging to the 7th and 10th Panzer Divisions respectively. Of the remaining companies, only the 701st participated in the opening stages of the subsequent Case Blue in 1942, although it, and its parent 9th Panzer Division, were transferred to the Army Group Center by the end of the summer of 1942. The last reference to them is with the 704th Company of the 5th Panzer Division during the middle of 1943.
Sources and External Links
- Trojca & Jaugitz, p. 5
- Niehorster, 1941
- Niehorster, 1942
- Chamberlain & Doyle, p. 24
- Chamberlain, Peter, and Hilary L. Doyle. Thomas L. Jentz (Technical Editor). Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two: A Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns, and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933–1945. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1978 (revised edition 1993) ISBN 1-85409-214-6.
- Niehorster, Leo. German World War II Organizational Series; Volume 3/I: Mechanized Army Divisions (22 June 1941) Hannover, Germany: Niehorster, 1990
- Niehorster, Leo. German World War II Organizational Series; Volume 4/I: Mechanized Army Divisions (28 June 1942) Hannover, Germany: Niehorster, 1994
- Trojca, Waldemar and Jaugitz, Markus. Sturmtiger and Sturmpanzer in Combat. Katowice, Poland: Model Hobby, 2008 ISBN 978-83-60041-29-1
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