Sturmtiger: The Nazi “bow to my grandfather in this bush” cannon


Every time a shot was fired, the Sturmtiger gun barrel mistakenly alerted the Allies to the whereabouts of the Nazi army.Hitler’s military leaders developed a self-propelled artillery class after suffering several defeats against the heavily fortified Soviet fortifications during the Barbarossa plan (plot to attack the Soviet Union) in 1941. According to the Military factory, heavy weight can dismantle even the most heavily reinforced bunkers and strongholds built to support advancing forces.

Ống phóng rocket 380 mm ban đầu được thiết kế là ống phóng thủy lôi cho Hải quân Đức quốc xã. Trong ảnh: Sturmpanzer VI Sturmtiger còn nguyên vẹn bị bắt bởi lính Mỹ, bức ảnh trên được chụp vào ngày 14/4/1945.


On the basis of the 1943 blueprints, the Sturmtiger self-propelled howitzer was built directly under Hitler’s authority.

The main cannon is affixed to the front of the body, and Sturmtiger is completely mounted on the Tiger I tank’s chassis while maintaining the body and suspension.

The Sturmtiger’s armor is made to be thick in order to maximize survivability when hit because it is supposed to operate mostly in urban combat scenarios. The Sturmtiger’s armor was strengthened by Nazi army engineers to a maximum thickness of 80 mm and a minimum thickness of approximately 150 mm.

Ống phóng rocket có kích thước đủ rộng để một người lớn chui vào. Viên đạn bắn đi có trọng lượng 376 kg và tầm bắn lên đến 6.000 m.


The 380 mm Raketen-Werfer 61 L/5.4 cannon, which has an automatic reloading system, is the main weapon of the Sturmtiger. Raketen is a rocket launcher with extremely high destructive capability that has the ability to instantaneously destroy any tank that is currently on the battlefield. The Sturmtiger could destroy even the toughest and most solid bunkers with its 1.5 m long, 125 kg heavy, and 565 m long ammo.A 7.92mm MG42 machine gun with a capacity of more than 800 rounds is installed in front of the Sturmtiger to provide defense against infantry. Infantry have an extremely tough time getting close to the MG-42 because of its powerful firepower and rapid fire rate.

Một vài xe được huy động tham gia cuộc nổi dậy Warsaw, trận Bulge và trận Reichswald. Trong ảnh: kíp chiến đấu đang nạp đạn vào chiếc Sturmtiger.

Hitler was particularly interested in the Sturmtiger project at the time because he thought the new self-propelled gun would improve infantry attack on the battlefield. Hitler was also eager to win. Additionally, Hitler commanded the monthly production of 300 rounds just for Sturmtiger.

The Sturmtiger, however, not only failed to give Hitler’s army the upper hand since its deployment to the battlefield in 1944, but it also turned into a nightmare for Nazi artillerymen operating the artillery this.

Ở cửa sập nạp đạn phía sau được lắp ống phóng lựu 100 mm, sử dụng mìn nhảy để phòng thủ tầm gần, chống lại cả xe thiết giáp lẫn bộ binh trong một vòng tròn 360 độ xung quanh xe.

One of the most hazardous sounds for Sturmtiger is the sound made by the rifle barrel as it fires. The 380mm cannon’s loudness and smoke output are so powerful that each shot may be heard nearly 2 km away due to its high level of destructive force. As a result, Sturmtiger was usually simple to locate and take out by Allied aircraft.

Other army units on the battlefield also sustained substantial damage as a result of Sturmtiger.

Chỉ còn 3 chiếc Sturmtiger sống sót: Chiếc số 250174 được trưng bày tại Deutsches Panzermuseum ở Munster, nó hiện đang được cho mượn từ Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung ở Koblenz.

Chiếc Sturmtiger khác đang trưng bày tại Bảo tàng xe tăng Kubinka ở Nga. Chiếc này được cho là đã bị bắt bởi đơn vị Hồng quân tiến vào khu vực sông Elbe trong tháng 4/1945.

Chiếc Sturmtiger còn lại thuộc bộ sưu tập của bảo tàng Bovington Tank. Trong ảnh là chiếc Sturmtiger trưng bày ở Deutsches Panzermuseum.

On June 6, 1944, Sturmtiger lost 2 tanks and destroyed 14 Allied tanks during the Battle of Normandy. However, the German soldiers kept griping that as soon as the Sturmtiger fired, the planes took off to destroy the entire area. The Nazis found it more and more challenging to advance onto the battlefield as a result of the relentless bombardment of infantry divisions. In the biggest amphibious effort in the annals of modern warfare, the Germans ultimately lost.

Hitler was enraged by this and instructed him to add a suppressor to the bottom of the barrel. However, only one was made just before World War II ended because to persistent losses on the battlefield and economic fatigue.

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