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Stinging Needle - German Hummel Self-Propelled Gun

War Park 2023-04-23 10:58

Since the day, this mobile artillery entered the stage of history, it has won the title of "King of War" and this title is still unshaken today. During World War II, the Soviet Union and Germany fought a bloody tug of war in the vast territory of the Eastern Front. The German towed artillery was unable to keep up with the panzers, causing unnecessary loss and casualties, due to a lack of artillery support.  Self-propelled artillery was proposed as a viable alternative by the German High Command.

The design idea behind the German "self-propelled gun" was simple: take a light or medium tank and use its parts to build a chassis with bulletproof armor.  Install a slightly modified tractor gun on the chassis.  As a result of this proposal, the mobility of the German artillery was significantly improved. The Hummel-type (“Bumblebee”) self-propelled gun became Germany's most powerful "self-propelled artillery." This self-propelled gun became a symbol of German self-propelled artillery.

The first experimental prototype, known as the Geschützwagen FH 18 / 1, was completed by Alkett in late 1942.  The experimental prototype used as many Panzer IV components as possible.  One of its distinguishing features is a large muzzle brake.  But it soon became clear that the muzzle brake was unnecessary, as the gun's stability was sufficient even without it.   The muzzle brake also raise a lot of dust when firing. 

The Hummel carried the sFH-18 type 150 mm artillery piece.  It was Germany's main heavy artillery in the Second World War and could fire 43.5 kg high explosive grenades with an effective range of 13,250 meters. The Hummel had a open top combat bay at the rear of the hull, surrounded by 10 mm armor as protection for the crew and gun, and the engine was moved to the center of the hull to make room for the combat bay.

Despite space constraints, the Hummel self-propelled gun proved to be a useful and popular weapon, widely used on all fronts, with plenty of room for five gunners and maneuverability to keep pace with the armored divisions. Due to insufficient in-vehicle ammunition storage, one ammunition vehicle accompanied every four Hummel self-propelled guns in order to maintain their supply of ammunition during combat. The ammo cart was actually the same tank chassis, but only without the howitzer and with a shield where the firing port had once been, with ammunition racks in the combat compartment.

This month War Park launched the Winter Hummel self-propelled artillery and three men crew.

The turret can rotate, the gun barrel can pitch,

The rear doors can be opened

The antenna can be erected and lowered

The tank has movable tracks

Track+chassis+gun barrel+some parts are made of metal

Other sections are made of resin or ABS.


战争公园 2023-04-23 10:58



第一个实验性原型,被称为GeschützwAGen für sFH 18/1,Alkett于1942年底完成。实验性原型尽可能多地使用了IV号坦克的部件。它的显著特征之一是一个巨大的炮口制退器。但很快就发现炮口制退器是不必要的,因为即使没有它,火炮的稳定性也是足够的。而炮口制退器在开火时也会扬起大片尘土。 



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