Zrinyi I

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Zrinyi I
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Zrinyi I
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Description

The 44M.Zrinyi I is a premium gift rank III Italian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Danger Zone" as a reward for the 2022 Summer Quest event.

The Zrínyi I is a Hungarian tank destroyer based on the chassis of the Hungarian Turán medium tank. Armed with a powerful 75 mm cannon and 6 rockets, this low profile Hungarian tank destroyer is more than capable of destroying any enemy tank, whilst still retaining the decent mobility and excellent reverse speed of the Turán tank.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull75 / 25 / 25
Turret0 / 0 / 0
Crew4 people
Visibility74 %

The Zrinyi I has relatively average armour with 75 mm armour on the upper hull front. The hull armour is only angled at 16 degrees, which makes it nearly flat. Like Semovente Italian tank destroyers, it has angled plates between the front and sides which are both 50 mm thick. The 50 mm corner plates make angling very difficult. On the sides it is 25 mm of armour. This is the same armour value on the lower hull.

On the bottom-front, the lower frontal plate is 35 mm, upper frontal plate is 13 mm. Because of the thin UFP, it is possible to use almost any 90 mm HE, or even HEAT, to destroy the SPG with overpressure frontally in a single hit.

The weakest part of the tank would be the sides, so it's suggested to keep them from enemy view. The modules are mostly situated in the back, so they have a lesser chance of being hit and damaged. Like the German StuGs, the Zrinyi has its crew besides the cannon. It has two crew members on each side, which means if you get hit in one side, you will still have two crew members left to man the cannon and drive the tank. The transmission is not in the front to absorb spall and shrapnel like it does on the StuG, making you more vulnerable to hits in that area.

Overall, at its BR, the Zrinyi's armour is not adequate to face enemy fire.

Due to the shape of the hull, it is possible to pull most enemy tanks onto it by ramming them from the front or the back, or clashing in general. Enemy tanks generally cannot escape or retaliate after being pulled up because of the further synergy with the rocket launchers exclusive to the Zrinyi. Enemy hull also becomes exposed to direct fire by the main gun, effectively dooming enemy tanks. The Zrinyi does not suffer blowback from enemy tanks exploding on top of it.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm 25 mm Top
25 mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Superstructure ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm

Notes:

Mobility

Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB44 / 44 km/h
RB and SB41 / 41 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
6 back
Weight22.0 t
Engine power
AB496 hp
RB and SB260 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB22.5 hp/t
RB and SB11.8 hp/t

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 44 44 22 369 496 16.77 22.55
Realistic 41 41 230 260 10.45 11.82

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB630 Sl icon.png
RB690 Sl icon.png
SB890 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces470 Ge icon.png
Research Aces710 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 80 / 100 / 150 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 148 / 148 / 148 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods tank ammo.png
75mm_kwk_37_40_HEAT_ammo_pack
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Elevation Mechanism

Armaments

Main armament

75 mm 43.M cannon
Ammunition40 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
7.6 → 5.9 s
Vertical guidance-8° / 25°
Horizontal guidance-12° / 10°
Main article: 43.M (75 mm)

The gun is somewhat inaccurate even with all the upgrades, so it is better to aim dead centre of the enemy tank and not to try hitting any small weakspots. Because of this it will sometimes randomly fail to K/O tanks with tiered armour like the KV-1, even in arcade.

Ammunition is serviceable, as APHE can penetrate heavy tanks rather easily, being slightly better than ammo of StuG III G. It does not have the same insane explosive mass of the 90/53 M41M, so at least some mind should be paid to internal layouts of the tanks.

However, the gun is still reliable enough for most situations and often destroys enemy tanks with one hit. It can destroy any enemy tank it can face, although with some tanks this requires aiming for weak spots.

75 mm 43.M Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 40 -8°/+25° -12°/+10° N/A 12.3 17.1 20.7 22.9 24.4 7.67 6.79 6.25 5.90
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0

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
43.M pancelgranat APCBC 145 143 130 116 104 93
43.M repeszgranat HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
43.M pancelrobbantogranat HEAT 80 80 80 80 80 80
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%
43.M pancelgranat APCBC 770 6.8 1.2 14 28.9 48° 63° 71°
43.M repeszgranat HE 550 5.74 0 0.1 686 79° 80° 81°
43.M pancelrobbantogranat HEAT 550 4.4 0.05 0.1 872.1 62° 69° 73°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Zrinyi I
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
40 21 (+19) (+39) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.

Additional armament

150 mm Wgr.41 Spr rocket
Ammunition6 rounds
Vertical guidance0° / 10°
Flight speed340 m/s
Range7 055 m
Main article: Wgr.41 Spr

The rocket launchers are pre-calibrated to fire about 700 m away from the Zrinyi (assuming flat ground and the same terrain level). They only truly respond to controls in Third Person View and only when aiming up. The right launcher fires first, then they alternate. The launchers are offset from each other, so it is necessary to also alternate aim before firing the next rocket by moving the hull while pointing gun sight at the target. Due to the poor aim ability, they are more of a niche trick weapon, than something that can be used all the time.

The only ways to use them at close range is either angling the SPG down to fire semi-directly at about 200 m range, or ram enemy tank to hit its turret or tracks, as they will now be in the crossfire between both launchers.

The rockets deal enough overpressure damage to destroy cannon barrels, annihilate tracks or blow up medium tanks when their roof armour is hit. Some heavy tanks can also be destroyed by it.

Wgr.41 Spr rocket
Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer
6 0°/+10° N/A N/A

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
Wgr.41 Spr Rocket 27 27 27 27 27 27
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%
Wgr.41 Spr Rocket 340 34.15 0 0.1 2,150 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
6 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Highly effective main gun capable of knocking out pretty much any tank it will face
  • High gun depression allows stronger protection when firing over hills
  • Incredible mobility, with the reverse gearbox giving it the same speeds in reverse as forwards
  • Quite low profile, making enemies less likely to spot or hit you
  • Has access to smoke grenades
  • Can perform lethal ramming attacks in a 1v1 if necessary

Cons:

  • With only 75 mm RHA of flat frontal protection, armour is generally ineffective in direct frontal engagements
  • The hull can be overpressured by any gun bigger than 76 mm from the front without any effort
  • Rocket launchers can be detonated by about any weapon when still loaded, which leads to an ammo rack detonation (so it is a good idea to fire off your rockets to avoid this)
  • Lacking a turret limits effectiveness in many scenarios
  • No machine guns
  • Lacks an APCR shell, which may cause problems fighting certain heavily armoured vehicles
  • Rockets are very difficult to aim and can only be used at medium or long range due to the minimum elevation of the tubes, they can be used at close range when on a downwards slope, or wedged against a building

History

In 1942, the Hungarian military started the creation of its own fully armored self-propelled guns, which conceptually repeated the successful German StuG III design. This was done to combat the heavily armoured Soviet tanks encountered on the Eastern Front. The Hungarian engineers also chose the domestic Turán medium tank chassis for their domestic self-propelled guns. A fixed armored cabin was installed instead of a tank turret, and a 105mm howitzer was chosen as a weapon for the first vehicles in the series. To ensure the traverse aiming angles of the gun, the Turán's hull had to be widened by 400mm, however, in terms of the main components, the new self-propelled guns were maximally unified with the vehicle. The first prototype was ready by December 1942, and the first batch of 40 vehicles was ordered even before the SPG passed the entire test cycle. The self-propelled gun received the designation 40/43.M Zrínyi II, in honor of the 16th-century Hungarian national hero Miklós Zrínyi. Somewhat later, serial SPGs received side screens. The vehicle turned out to be very successful and was produced until the surrender of Hungary. However, the 105 mm howitzer of the Zrínyi II was clearly not enough to fight Soviet tanks, so by 1944 a Zrínyi I prototype appeared with a long 75mm domestic anti-tank gun, the 75mm 43.M, which was the same gun mounted on the Turán III prototype. During the tests, the Zrínyi I prototype received launching tubes for rockets. This prototype did not go into serial production due to the devastation of the industrial enterprises and the defeat of the Hungarian army by the advancing forces of the Red Army.[1][2]

Media

Skins

See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


Italy tank destroyers
M41  75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M
M42  75/34 M42
M43  105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
Wheeled  Lancia 3Ro (100/17) · AS 42/47 · Breda 501
Other  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40
USA  M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)
Germany  ▄StuG III G
Hungary  Zrinyi I

Italy premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  L6/40 (31 Rgt.) · Toldi IIA · AUBL/74 HVG · VRCC
Medium tanks  M13/40 (II) · Turan II · M14/41 (47/40) · Celere Sahariano · P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · ▄M4 Hybrid · ▄Pz.IV G
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)
Tank destroyers  M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · Zrinyi I