Nashorn

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8,8 Pak 43/1 Sf."Nashorn"
germ_panzerjager_nashorn.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.3/5.3/5.3BR
5 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
30 / 20 / 20Hull
10 / 10 / 10Turret
Mobility
23.5 tWeight
43 km/h forward
8 km/h back
39 km/h forward
7 km/h back
Speed
Armament
88 mm PaK43 cannonMain weapon
40 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 20°Vertical guidance
-15° / 15°Horizontal guidance
5 000 roundsAmmunition
150 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
Economy
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
170 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 440 / 3 045/2 200 / 2 745/1 470 / 1 834Repair
49 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
170 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
630 Ge icon.pngAces
× (160) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

The 8,8 Pak 43/1 Sf."Nashorn" (Rhinoceros) is a rank III German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Nashorn's armour is paper-thin; it will not protect you from even heavy-calibre machine gun fire and can be hull-broken from large-calibre HE rounds.

The Nashorn also lacks a roof, making it a very desirable target for strafing runs by fighters, as well as rocket attacks by attack aircraft.

One interesting (and somewhat comical) note to the Nashorn's armour that it is so thin, shells may pass through it without exploding due to the fuse passing through enough material to set it off and detonate.

Mobility

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Armaments

Main armament

Main article: PaK 43 (88 mm)

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Machine guns

Main article: MG 34 (7.92 mm)

The Nashorn has two MG 34 (7.92 mm) aimed towards the vehicle's sides. Since they are the vehicles secondary weapon, you can't switch between different belts. Furthermore, they have various blind spots, e.g. the space behind or in front of the tank as well as the area above the vehicle since the machine guns have an elevation of only around +20°, making the tank very vulnerable against diving fighters or bombers.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful 88mm PaK 43 gun can destroy nearly every opponent in one shot
  • Armour, although thin, can cause armour-piercing rounds to slice through without causing other damages outside its trajectory

Cons:

  • Crew compartment has no roof; is vulnerable to artillery and strafing aircraft
  • Ammo racks are attached to the sides of the crew compartment; a shell strike there can detonate the ammunition
  • Not very quick in general
  • Thin armour; it can even occasionally be subjected to the Hull Break mechanic

History

Also known as the Hornisse (Hornet), the Nashorn comprised a composite Pz III/IV chassis and an 8.8 cm PaK 43 gun. 494 were built and it was used on all fronts in the heavy tank destroyer units from mid-1943 on. The first user was the 655th Schwere Panzerjaegerabteilung in Russia.

Media

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See also

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External links

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Germany tank destroyers
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Based on Pz.II  Sturmpanzer II
Based on Pz.III  Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. A · Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. F · Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G · Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf. G
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