NASHORN (Sd.Kfz 164)

NASHORN (Sd.Kfz 164)
Image: Nashorn (Sd.Kfz 164)
YearFebruary 1943
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerGermany/Deutsche-Eisenwerke
Numbers Produced494
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 88mm L/71 PaK 43/1 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-5° to +20°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse30°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightSflZFa
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Pivot)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried40 x 88mm & 600 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight24.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth1.0m
Trench Crossing2.30m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioFuG Spr.d
ArmourHull Front: 30mm
Hull Sides: 20mm
Hull Rear: 20mm
Hull Top: 15mm
Hull Bottom: 15mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Mantle: 10mm
Front: 10mm
Sides: 10mm
Rear: 10mm
Top: Open
EngineMaybach HL 120 TRM
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range200 km
Maximum Cross Country Range130 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed24 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Germans were looking at developing a vehicle to carry their powerful 88mm guns. The 88mm had proved itself as a tank killer. The chassis chosen was a lengthened version used on the Panzer Mk. IV which incorporated the drive sprocket from the Panzer Mk. III. The gun was the excellent 88m PaK 43/1 which was mounted is a high sided fighting compartment. It was highly effective when used over flat terrain, the gun could knockout any tank currently in service. It issued at both corps and army level and served initially in the east, but also saw action in Italy and the west.