Pz.Sfl. fuer 12,8 cm K40 Sturer Emil

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General info

A Sturer Emil Tank in the garage

The Sturer Emil (officially 12,8 cm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK30.01(H) (12.8 cm Self-Propelled on VK 30.01 (Henschel)) is a Rank III German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Sturer Emil is quite similar to the "Dicker Max"; no armor, excellent gun, great gun depression. Due to its limited horizontal gun traverse, it can be a little trickier to use in urban maps, but it can still be used to guard positions as long as cover is available. Being unarmored, you should always avoid being shot at.

Vehicle characteristics

The 12.8 cm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK30.01(H) "Sturer Emil" can easily be called a "glass cannon". It has little to no effective armor, coupled with an excellent gun. The gun mount is good, with great gun depression but with limited horizontal aiming capabilities. It also is an open top vehicle, vulnerable to any type of aerial attack.

Tactics

The Sturer Emil is best used at long range due to its thin armour and lack of turret. Alternatively, if cover is available, it can be used behind the cover to destroy enemy vehicles that drive in front of it. Beware that if used at close ranges with cover, it will take a long time to reload leaving it in danger of being overwhelmed by enemies.

As a general rule, use the Sturer Emil as a support tank. You lack the mobility to position yourself strategically or the reverse speed to "shoot and scoot." As such, you should do your best to integrate yourself into friendly groups, using them as armour and cover. This is especially important as you are better equipped to engage heavy opponents such as the T29 or T95 than your 75mm and 88mm counterparts or equivalent heavy tanks are longer range.

If nothing else, remember that the Emil does not reward aggressive playing.

Specific enemies worth noting

Though the Sturer Emil can destroy most enemies it faces, planes in particular can be deadly as they can kill its crew and damage modules since it is open topped and thinly armoured.

Counter-tactics

The Sturer Emil would most likely be sniping or waiting behind cover for a target to drive in front of it. The player in this vehicle is likely to shoot carefully as it doesn't store much ammo. One tactic that can be used to combat a player sniping in the Sturer Emil is to watch it carefully and quickly attack once it fires. Attacking it while it is ready to shoot is not advisable, as its cannon can destroy most vehicles in one shot. After firing it will probably try to reverse back into cover to reload.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Outstanding gun depression, same as the "Dicker Max"
  • Deals a lot of damage, will kill any enemy in one shot.
  • Has little to no problem getting uptiered as it's gun is more than adequate at dealing with foes at it's BR spread.
  • Five fairly spread out crew members.
  • Has tracks covering the lower glacis and the gun cheeks.
  • AP shells with HE filler will have little trouble doing damage.
  • It's a no-brainer successor of the Dicker Max, as their players should feel at home playing the Sturer Emil.

Cons:

  • Long reload.
  • Gun sight is not in parallel with the gun (SB).
  • Large size.
  • Limited horizontal traverse range.
  • Open top fighting compartments.
  • Loader is exposed.
  • Vulnerable to artillery barrages and strafing planes.
  • Slow, travels at 27.2 km/h
  • Low ammo storage.
  • Bad reverse speed.

Specifications

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Armament

1 x 128 mm K.40 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 15 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -15°
  • Gun Elevation: 10°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 7.1°/s (Stock), 9.9°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 23.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 128 mm K.40 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 15 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -15°
  • Gun Elevation: 10°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 7.1°/s (Stock), 8.4°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 23.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 128 mm K.40 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 15 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -15°
  • Gun Elevation: 10°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 7.1°/s (Stock), 8.4°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 23.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
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Ammunition

Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
PzGr 226 224 201 175 153 133 APC 860 28 0.8 28 786.5 -1° 42° 27° 19°
Sprgr 36 36 36 36 36 36 HE 880 28 0.1 0.5 3,700 +0° 11° 10°
PzGr 43 239 237 225 210 197 185 APCBC 880 28 0.8 28 786.5 +4° 42° 27° 19°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Sturer Emil.
Full
ammo
Ammo
Part
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
15 Projectiles
Propellants
11 (+3)
(+8)
(+12)
(+14)
Keep full Yes

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 12 mm (83-88°) Front glacis
50 mm (10°) Driver/Co-driver ports
50 mm (12°) Lower glacis
20 mm 10 mm (47°) 12 mm
Superstructure 50 mm (16-17°) Front
50 mm (9-52°) Gun mantlet
30 mm (11°) 20 mm (0-12°) 0-10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 10 mm thick.
  • Superstructure roof armour barely covers the crew
  • Tracks at the lower glacis and superstructure front provides +15 mm armour.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 36.5 ton

Max Speed: 27.2 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 440 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.05 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ ____ rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 36.5 ton

Max Speed: 25 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 274 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 7.51 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 36.5 ton

Max Speed: 25 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 274 hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 7.51 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 3199 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

The Selbstfahrlafette auf VK30.01(H), or better known as the Sturer Emil (Stubborn Emil), was a heavy self-propelled anti-tank gun developed by Nazi Germany sometime in 1941 and 1942. The Sturer Emil mounted the extremely large 12.8 cm gun on a extended chassis from the cancelled Henschel VK 30.01 armoured vehicle. The gun was laid on the back with the engine in the middle and the driver up front.

Not too much is known about the vehicle, only two were ever made in 1942, but they were involved in the Battle of Stalingrad. One was destroyed, but the other was captured during that battle in January 1943. When it was discovered, painting on the barrel indicates a score of 31 tank kills before its demise. The sole remaining Sturer Emil remains at the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the SM.79 series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Sturer Emil

References


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Icon-country-der.png Sturer Emil
Nation Germany
Type Tank destroyer
Rank 3
Battle Rating
5.3
5.3
5.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
36,500 kg
80,469 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
50/30/20/0 mm
1.97/1.18/0.79/0.00 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
440 hp
274 hp
274 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
310 hp
310 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
12.05
12.25
7.51
7.63
7.51
7.63
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
8.49
8.63
8.49
8.63
Max speed
27.2 km/h
16.9 mph
25.0 km/h
15.5 mph
25.0 km/h
15.5 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 128 mm L/61 K 40 Cannon
Ammo stowage 15 rounds
Vertical guidance -15°/10°
Horizontal guidance -5°/6°
Economy
Required RP 63,000 RP
Vehicle cost 210,000 SL
Crew training cost 61,000 SL
Max repair cost*
2,600 SL
2,300 SL
2,400 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
2d 07h
4d 01h
3d 23h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
18h 36m
1d 08h
1d 07h
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