StuH42 (105 mm)

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Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The StuH 42 is a very capable cannon, and is able to take out most tanks at its rank with the Gr.39 rot HI/C HEAT round, which offers 115 mm of penetration at all distances. Post-penetration damage is effective, however, the shells travel at a low velocity. This makes shooting at moving targets and from long distances harder.

Available ammunition

  • PzGr - APHE - This is the main ammo type, use it whenever it has enough power to penetrate the target, as the explosive filler can make short work of a tank interior.
  • FHGr - HE - Another very useful kind of ammo, can obliterate any unarmoured SPAA vehicles or lightly armoured tanks.
  • Gr.39 rot HI/B - HEAT - This one should be just skipped, it has no advantages over the better Gr.39 rot HI/C.
  • Gr.39 rot HI/C - HEAT - This shell has the highest penetration, but it is prone to detonate prematurely on spaced armour, or some debris in the flight trajectory. Also, the shell travels at a low velocity, making aiming harder. The advantage is that it bounces less from sloped armour, and the high amount of explosive mass in the round will usually one-shot an enemy tank. Lastly, they don't lose any penetration over distance - carry only few of them in case they are needed.
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
PzGr APHE 70 69 62 54 47 42
F.H.Gr. HE 22 22 22 22 22 22
Gr.39 rot Hl/B HEAT 105 105 105 105 105 105
Gr.39 rot Hl/C HEAT 115 115 115 115 115 115
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
PzGr APHE 475 14.0 1.2 19.0 238 47° 60° 65°
F.H.Gr. HE 472 14.81 0.1 0.1 1,750 79° 80° 81°
Gr.39 rot Hl/B HEAT 495 12.35 N/A 0.1 2,533 62° 69° 73°
Gr.39 rot Hl/C HEAT 495 12.35 N/A 0.1 2,550 62° 69° 73°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
Screen deploy time
Screen hold time
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
F.H.Gr.Nb. 472 13.9 20 5 25 50

Comparison with analogues

Usage in battles

The StuH42 (105 mm) is best used at medium range combat. The long reload of 13 seconds makes it unviable for close combat, as most enemies at this rank can reload and fire off another shot whilst you are reloading. The Gr.39 rot HI/C shell, which is a HEAT round, doesn't lose penetration over long distances, making it suitable for ranged combat.

Pros and cons


  • HEAT shells have excellent penetration - 115 mm at all ranges
  • HEAT shell doesn't lose penetration over long distances
  • Has a variety of ammunition to use
  • APHE has good post-penetration damage


  • Very long reload time - 13 seconds
  • Very low velocity of about 500 m/s, makes shooting at moving targets harder
  • Shells are inaccurate due to the low shell velocity and the high shell drop


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See also

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External links

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20 mm  KwK30 · KwK38 · Rh202
28/20 mm  s.Pz.B.41
37 mm  KwK34(t) · KwK36 · KwK38(t) · PaK L/45
47 mm  Pak.(t)(Sf.)
50 mm  KwK39 · KwK L/42 · PaK38
57 mm  Bofors L/70 Mk.1
75 mm  K51 L/24 · KwK37 · KwK40 · KwK42 · KwK44 · KwK44 L/36.5 · PaK39 L48 · PaK40/3 L46 · PaK42 · StuK37 · StuK40
76 mm  PaK36 (r)
88 mm  Flak.37 · Flak 41 · KwK36 · KwK43 · PaK43
90 mm  BK90
105 mm  FMK.4 Modelo 1L · GT-3 · K.18 · KwK L/68 · L7A3 · PzK M57 · StuH42
120 mm  Rh120 L/44 · Rh120 L/55
128 mm  K.40 · KwK44 · PaK44
150 mm  s.I.G.33 · Stu.H 43 L/12
57 mm  6pdr OQF Mk.V (Britain)
73 mm  2A28 (USSR)
75 mm  M3 (USA)
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90 mm  M36 (USA) · M41 (USA)
152 mm  M-10T (USSR) · XM150E5 (USA)