Sturer Emil

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Pz.Sfl. für 12,8 cm K40 "Sturer Emil"
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
36.5 tWeight
6 forward
1 back
Gear box
128 mm K.40 cannonWeapon 1
15 roundsAmmunition
-15° / 10°Vertical guidance
-5° / 6°Horizontal guidance
54 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
180 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 490 / 1 859/1 570 / 1 959/2 690 / 3 357Repair
52 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
180 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
710 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.66 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage SturerEmil.jpg

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 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, always avoid being shot at.

General info

Survivability and 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


  • 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.


Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
36.5 N/A 27.2 (AB)
25.0 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 440 ___
Realistic/Simulator 274 310
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 12.05 __.__
Realistic/Simulator 7.51 8.49


Main armament

Main article: K.40 (128 mm)
128 mm K.40
Capacity Vertical
15 -15°/+10° -5°/+6° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 7.1 9.9 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 7.1 8.4 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
23.6 __.__ __.__ __.__
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
PzGr APC 226 224 201 175 153 133
Sprgr HE 36 36 36 36 36 36
PzGr 43 APCBC 239 237 225 210 197 185
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
PzGr APC 860 28 0.8 28 786.5 -1° 48° 63° 71°
Sprgr HE 880 28 0.1 0.5 3,700 +0° 79° 80° 81°
PzGr 43 APCBC 880 28 0.8 28 786.5 +4° 48° 63° 71°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Sturer Emil.
rack empty
rack empty
15 Projectiles
11 (+3)

Usage in the battles

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. It lacks the mobility to reposition itself strategically or the reverse speed to "shoot and scoot." As such, the Sturer Emil should do its best to integrate itself into friendly groups, using them as armour and cover. This is especially important as the Sturer Emil is better equipped to engage heavy opponents such as the T29 or T95 than the 75 mm KwK 42 and 88 mm KwK 43 counterparts or equivalent heavy tanks are longer range.

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

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

Pros and cons


  • Outstanding gun depression, same as the "Dicker Max"
  • Deals a lot of damage, will destroy 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.


  • 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.


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.


An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

[Devblog] Sturer Emil


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