Image: Brummbär
YearApril 1943
Vehicle TypeHeavy Infantry Assault Gun
Origin & DesignerGermany/Deutsche-Eisenwerke
Numbers Produced306
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, 2 x Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 150mm L/12 StuH 43
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-5° to +30°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse20°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightSflZF
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm MG34s (AA & Bow)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried38 x 150mm & 1200 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight28.200 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth0.95m
Trench Crossing2.02m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioFuG2 & FuG5
ArmourHull Front: 80mm
Hull Sides: 30mm
Hull Rear: 20mm
Hull Top: 20mm
Hull Bottom: 10mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Mantle: None
Front: 100mm
Sides: 50mm
Rear: 20mm
Top: 20mm
EngineMaybach HL 120 TRM
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range210 km
Maximum Cross Country Range130 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed38 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed15 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Brummbär was a heavy self-propelled support howitzer mounted in an armoured citadel on the chassis of a Panzer IV tank. It was armed with a Skoda 150mm StuH 43 howitzer. Early versions were prone to breakdown, this was mainly due to the excess weight. It took four series to iron out most of the problems and the main modifications were; extra armoured protection for the driver, more ventilation added, two steel rimmed road wheels, a lightened version of the main gun, cupola and ball mounted MG added to the hull from. Chassis from five versions of the Panzer Mk. IV were used and these were Ausf G, E, F, H & J. The Brummbär was issued to Sturm battalions and fought on the eastern, western and southern fronts.