Zrinyi II

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Zrinyi II
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Zrinyi II
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The 43M Zrínyi II was a Hungarian World War II assault gun inspired by the German success with the StuG III. Like the StuG, a versatile self-propelled gun built on the chassis of a medium tank, the Hungarians decided to create their own version using the Hungarian Turán tank's chassis. The project was named Zrínyi, after a famous Hungarian noble family and military leader, Miklós Zrínyi. The plan was to produce two variants of the Zrínyi: one with a 75 mm anti-tank gun (Zrínyi I), and one with a 105 mm howitzer for assault operations (Zrínyi II). Around 72 Zrínyi IIs were built and the vehicle saw combat fighting against the Soviets on the Eastern Front and in the defence of Hungary. The production of Zrínyi IIs was severely slowed due to Hungarian factories being targeted by a serious Allied strategic bombing campaign.

The 40/43.M Zrinyi II was introduced in Update "Sons of Attila" as part of the Hungarian subtree in the Italian tech tree. Armed with a powerful 105 mm howitzer, this low-profile Hungarian tank destroyer with adequate frontal armour is a dangerous opponent for almost any enemy tank it might face, whilst still retaining the decent mobility, excellent reverse speed and smoke grenades of the Turán series.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull75 / 25 / 25
Turret75 / 25 / 25
Crew4 people
Visibility65 %

The Zrínyi II boasts robust survivability with its frontal armour averaging 75 mm, augmented by an additional 20 mm from tracks placed on the frontal section. This configuration enables confident frontal engagements against opponents, barring high-penetration tank destroyers.

However, not all frontal armour is uniformly 75 mm thick, as the weaker spots include the driver port and gun mantlet each measuring 50 mm. The upper front plate (UFP), with a thickness of only 13 mm, angles at 75°. While this angle provides some protection, effectively safeguarding against impacts ranging from 20 to 50 mm, depending on the angle of impact. Increasing this angle involves cresting hills or other inclines, effectively hiding the LFP and maximizing protection for the UFP.

While the frontal armour of the Zrínyi II provides substantial protection, the side and rear of the vehicle are equipped with a comparatively weaker 25 mm of armour, rendering them susceptible to penetration by most vehicles, excluding light machine guns. The inclusion of side skirts, 8 mm thick, offers additional defence. These side skirts can protect against low-end chemical shells (HE / HEAT) and slightly reduce the penetration of AP shells, effectively offering a combined protection of 29 mm.

It is essential to note the vulnerability of the roof armour, measuring only 13 mm. This thin roof armour is susceptible to strafing attacks from aircraft armed with heavy machine guns or larger weaponry, posing a significant threat to the vehicle and its crew.

Armour type:

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



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
Weight22.6 t
Engine power
AB496 hp
RB and SB260 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB21.9 hp/t
RB and SB11.5 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 44 44 22.6 369 496 16.33 21.95
Realistic 41 41 230 260 10.18 11.5

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB593 → 769 Sl icon.png
RB659 → 855 Sl icon.png
SB770 → 999 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications8 390 Rp icon.png
9 370 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost640 Ge icon.png
Crew training4 500 Sl icon.png
Experts16 000 Sl icon.png
Aces160 Ge icon.png
Research Aces190 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 60 / 70 % Sl icon.png
118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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420 Rp icon.png
470 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
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470 Rp icon.png
530 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
470 Rp icon.png
530 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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700 Rp icon.png
790 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
910 Rp icon.png
1 000 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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910 Rp icon.png
1 000 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
420 Rp icon.png
470 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
470 Rp icon.png
530 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
700 Rp icon.png
790 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
910 Rp icon.png
1 000 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
420 Rp icon.png
470 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
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420 Rp icon.png
470 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
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530 Sl icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
700 Rp icon.png
790 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png


Main armament

105 mm Mavag 40/43M
Ammunition52 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
13.0 → 10.0 s
Vertical guidance-7° / 16°
Horizontal guidance-10° / 10°
Main article: Mavag 40/43M (105 mm)
105 mm Mavag 40/43M Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 52 -7°/+16° ±10° - 12.3 17.0 20.7 22.9 24.4 13.00 11.50 10.60 10.00
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0


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
38/33M HE 27 27 27 27 27 27
42M HEAT 120 120 120 120 120 120
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
38/33M HE 471 15.04 0.2 0.1 2.22 79° 80° 81°
42M HEAT 444 17 0.05 0.1 2.3 62° 69° 73°

Ammo racks

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Usage in battles

The Zrínyi II tank features robust frontal armour, allowing for an assertive playstyle because of the ability to withstand most incoming shells from tanks within its BR range. Notably, the top speed of 40 km/h can be achieved both in forward and reverse, highlighting its agility in various manoeuvres. This versatility caters to both aggressive assault strategies and defensive positions.

Positioning and awareness are key when engaging enemies; it is crucial to expose only the frontal armour and avoid revealing vulnerable side armour. Light tanks should not be underestimated, given their agility, which allows them to flank and attack from the side or rear.

The Zrínyi stands out for its ability to eliminate adversaries with a single powerful shot, primarily when utilizing the High-Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) shell, which is the recommended option. This shell is capable of penetrating armour up to 120 mm, providing a more effective solution than the default High-Explosive (HE) shell. However, it's important to note that these shells have a low velocity, requiring careful aim, especially at longer ranges. Additionally, users should be mindful of the reload time on this large-calibre cannon, which ranges from 13 to 10 seconds. This aspect, combined with the low shell velocity, underscores the need for strategic positioning and accurate aiming during engagements.

In summary, the Zrínyi II's strategic advantage lies in its well-armoured frontal profile, versatile speed in both directions and potent HEAT shell. Players should exercise caution, leveraging the tank's strengths while being mindful of potential vulnerabilities.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful 105 mm howitzer can easily destroy most tanks it will face
  • 120 mm of penetration on the HEAT round is enough to deal with almost any opponent you will face
  • Good explosive mass for both rounds
  • Has relatively strong frontal armour which can absorb a lot of fire
  • Has smoke grenades
  • Has an excellent reverse speed
  • Has mesh side skirt armour which protects against HEAT and HE projectiles
  • Has plenty of ammo


  • No machine guns
  • No AP rounds of any kind, if an enemy is behind a fence, your HEAT/HE shells will just destroy the fence instead of the enemy
  • Long reload
  • Low-velocity rounds
  • No turret
  • Roof armour is weak and thus vulnerable to strafing from aircraft


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See also

Related development

Other Hungarian vehicles

Similar vehicles

External links

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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 90/53 · Breda 501
Other  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40
Germany  ▄StuG III G
USA  M36B1 · ▄M109G · M113A1 (TOW)
Zrínyi  Zrinyi I · Zrinyi II
USSR  ◔2S1