Nb.Fz.

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
Nb.Fz.
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Nb.Fz.
AB RB SB
1.3 1.3 1.3
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Description

The Neubaufahrzeug is a premium rank I German medium tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 13 / 13
Turret15 / 13 / 13
Crew6 people
Visibility115 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, main turret, MG turrets, cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 13 mm Turret base plate
20 mm (22-24°) Machine gunner plate
20 mm (20°) Driver plate
13 mm (76-79°) Upper glacis
20 mm (45°) Upper-Lower glacis connecting plate
16 mm (50°) Lower glacis
13 mm Top
13 + 13 mm Bottom & Side skirts
13 mm Turret base plate
13 mm (8°) Upper plate
13 mm (43°) Lower glacis
13 mm (12°) Front
13 mm Engine compartment
13 mm (13°) + 13 mm (7°) Radiator vent
Main turret 15 mm (14°) Turret front
15 mm + 15 mm (cylindrical) Gun mantlet
13 mm (12-15°) 13 mm (12-13°) 13 mm (11°) Front
13 mm Rear
MG turrets 14 mm (8-9°) Turret front
15 mm (cylindrical) Gun mantlet
13 mm (19-21°) 8 mm
Cupola 15 mm (3°) 13 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick, while torsion bars are 10 mm thick.
  • Mudguards are 13 mm thick.

The Nb.Fz. has an even higher survivability than Panzer III/IV tanks at similar battle ratings because of its larger crew count and vehicle size. The armour thickness is actually rather thin, despite a very imposing look and a complex internal layout. It has six crew members: a driver, two machine gunners in small independent turrets, a gunner, a loader, and a commander in the main turret where both main guns are located. The front armour thickness ranges from just 13 mm to 20 mm, making it possible to immobilize it with heavy machine gun fire frontally.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB32 / 9 km/h
RB and SB29 / 8 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight23.4 t
Engine power
AB534 hp
RB and SB280 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB22.8 hp/t
RB and SB12.0 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 32 9 23.4 434 534 18.55 22.82
Realistic 29 8 248 280 10.6 11.97

The top speed of the Nb.Fz. is 28.5 km/h, which is slow for low-tier ranks. The power-to-weight ratio, on the other hand, is rather good at 11.9 hp/ton, giving it a very nice acceleration considering how large it is. But, this is relatively slow, so remember to stay in cover, because tank destroyers can destroy this vehicle's armour relatively quickly and easily. Another thing to keep in mind is the Neubaufahrzeug's terrible rotation. Pivoting on the spot is basically impossible, and it slows down a lot in turns. Be careful not to turn too much, or you will slow down and be an easy target.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 000 Sl icon.png
RB920 Sl icon.png
SB1 000 Sl icon.png
Crew training2 300 Sl icon.png
Experts15 000 Sl icon.png
Aces110 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 40 / 40 / 40 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
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Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
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Transmission
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Engine
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Parts
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FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
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75mm_kwk_37_40_HEAT_ammo_pack
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37mm_kwk_36_APCR_ammo_pack
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Elevation Mechanism
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Artillery Support
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75mm_ger_Smoke_ammo_pack

Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition80 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
4.3 → 3.3 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 22°
Main article: KwK37 (75 mm)

The Neubaufahrzeug's main armament is the KwK37 cannon, which shoots APHE, penetrating up to 52 mm of armour, 80 mm penetration HEAT, and smoke rounds. Problem is, due to the current limitations of the game, it is impossible to take more than four different kinds of shells, and for multi-gun tanks, each gun can just pick two shells in its repertoire. So the practical combinations would be either APHE+HEAT, APHE+smoke, or HEAT+smoke.

75 mm KwK37 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 80 -10°/+22° ±180° N/A 7.6 10.5 12.8 14.2 15.1 4.29 3.80 3.50 3.30
Realistic 4.8 5.6 6.8 7.5 8.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 80 80 80 80 80 80
Sprgr. 34 HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
K.Gr.rot Pz. APCBC 52 50 45 39 34 30
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 450 4.57 0.05 0.1 872.1 62° 69° 73°
Sprgr. 34 HE 420 5.74 0 0.1 686 79° 80° 81°
K.Gr.rot Pz. APCBC 385 6.78 1.2 14 80 48° 63° 71°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
K.Gr.Rot Nb. 423 6.2 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Nb.Fz.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
80 65 (+15) 57 (+23) 41 (+39) 25 (+55) 17 (+63) (+79) No

Notes:

  • Racks disappear after all shells in the rack have been shot or loaded.
  • Packing 25 (+55) shells (racks 1 to 4 emptied) is a good compromise between doing well in combat and minimizing ammo presence on board.

Additional armament

Ammunition50 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.7 → 2.9 s
Main article: KwK36 (37 mm)

The Neubaufahrzeug also has an additional second anti-tank gun in the main turret: a 37 mm KwK36, located to the left of the 75 mm cannon. This shoots either 47 mm penetration APHE or 86 mm penetration APCR rounds. It is the same decent gun as the Pz.III B and Pz.III E, but is best used as a backup to the 75 mm between reloads. It shoots at far higher muzzle velocity, so it is more suited to long-range engagements.

37 mm KwK36 Reloading rate (seconds)
Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Full Expert Aced
50 N/A N/A N/A 3.77 3.33 3.07 2.90

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
PzGr 40 APCR 86 77 47 26 14 8
PzGr APHE 47 44 31 21 14 9
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 40 APCR 1,020 0.37 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
PzGr APHE 745 0.69 1.2 9 22.1 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Nb.Fz.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
50 41 (+9) 31 (+19) 21 (+29) 11 (+39) (+49) No

Notes:

  • Racks disappear after all shells in the rack have been shot or loaded.
  • Packing 21 (+29) shells (racks 1 to 3 emptied) is a good compromise between doing well in combat and minimizing ammo presence on board.

Machine guns

Ammunition1 950 rounds
Belt capacity75 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
Ammunition3 900 rounds
Belt capacity75 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
Main article: MG13 Dreyse (7.92 mm)

The Neubaufahrzeug also holds three small-calibre MG13 Dreyse machine guns, which are similar to the MG34 and use the same belts. At best, they're good for strafing flak trucks, but in practicality, they're almost useless since the two MG turrets have very poor turret traverse.

7.92 mm MG13 Dreyse
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1950 (75) 500 N/A N/A
Front turret 1950 (75) 500 -7°/+40° -40°/+140°
Rear turret 1950 (75) 500 -7°/+40° +125°/-55°

Usage in battles

This vehicle may look like a heavy tank, but it is anything but. The armour is far too thin to use this thing for its armour, relegating it to a support/ambush role. By binding separate keys for the 75 mm and 37 mm guns, you can "one-two-punch" just about anything you encounter.

The HEAT on the 75 mm, however, is generally inadequate against the B1 bis and useless against the B1 ter. The Valentine Mk I is a bit easier to penetrate but has a much stronger gun which you should avoid at all costs. The 37mm APCR round doesn't fare that much better against any of these targets either. Concisely, just avoid these where possible.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can chain the two guns between reloads of each
  • Both guns reload in similarly fast speeds
  • High survivability due to numerous and well-spaced out crew
  • More mobile than one would expect for such a large tank
  • Good zoom on the guns

Cons:

  • Armour is deceptively thin for such a large tank
  • Top speed is nothing to write home about in this rank
  • Would find its options limited when against the B1 bis, B1 ter, and Valentine I
  • Awful turret traverse on all three turrets makes it hard to react well to multiple enemies, let alone flak trucks
  • Large target

History

The Neubaufahrzeug was a prototype of what was to come with German heavy tanks. Historically, they were slow, heavy, and complicated. Not thought of as successful, only 5 were actually built. 3 of these tanks were sent to Norway at the start of the war, but only 1 of the 3 saw action. They were mostly used for propaganda.

In-game description

An experimental multi-turret medium tank. The first models were built in 1934. During construction the tank took on the designation of Neubaufahrzeug V (Nb.Fz.V) for the first two vehicles. The second series of three tanks had the designation Nb.Fz.VI.

In German military documentation the designation Panzerkampfwagen VII is also encountered; it was later replaced by Pz.Kpfw.IVnA (Panzerkampfwagen IV new Art). During the Norwegian campaign the tanks were also referred to in documents as Neubau-Pz.Kpfw.IV.

All three tanks of the second series were used during the Norwegian operation. They were officially part of the special tank battalion Panzer Abteilung zur besonderer Vervendung 40 (Pz.Abt1. Zb.V 40). The tanks were combined into one company under the command of Lt. Hans Horstmann.

The official name of this subdivision in battalion documentation was Zug "Plutos", but it was most commonly referred to by its commander's name as Panzerzug "Horstmann". The company's emblem was a mammoth's head located in front of the driver's cabin.

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See also

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


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