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8,8 Pak 43/1 Sf."Nashorn"
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
119 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
30 / 20 / 20Hull
10 / 10 / 10Turret
23.5 tWeight
572 hp300 hpEngine power
24 hp/t13 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
43 km/h forward
8 km/h back
39 km/h forward
7 km/h back
88 mm PaK43 cannonMain weapon
40 roundsAmmunition
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-5° / 20°Vertical guidance
-15° / 15°Horizontal guidance
5 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
170 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 700 / 4 606/2 800 / 3 485/2 000 / 2 489Repair
49 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
170 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
630 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png


The 8,8 Pak 43/1 Sf."Nashorn" (Rhinoceros) is a rank III German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Nashorn's armour is paper-thin; it will not protect you from even heavy-calibre machine gun fire and can be hull-broken from large-calibre HE rounds.

The Nashorn also lacks a roof, making it a very desirable target for strafing runs by fighters, as well as rocket attacks by attack aircraft.

One interesting (and somewhat comical) note to the Nashorn's armour that it is so thin, shells may pass through it without exploding due to the fuse passing through enough material to set it off and detonate.


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Main armament

Main article: PaK 43 (88 mm)

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Machine guns

Main article: MG 34 (7.92 mm)

The Nashorn has two MG 34 (7.92 mm) aimed towards the vehicle's sides. Since they are the vehicles secondary weapon, you can't switch between different belts. Furthermore, they have various blind spots, e.g. the space behind or in front of the tank as well as the area above the vehicle since the machine guns have an elevation of only around +20°, making the tank very vulnerable against diving fighters or bombers.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Powerful 88mm PaK 43 gun can destroy nearly every opponent in one shot
  • Armour, although thin, can cause armour-piercing rounds to slice through without causing other damages outside its trajectory


  • Crew compartment has no roof; is vulnerable to artillery and strafing aircraft
  • Ammo racks are attached to the sides of the crew compartment; a shell strike there can detonate the ammunition
  • Not very quick in general
  • Thin armour; it can even occasionally be subjected to the Hull Break mechanic


Also known as the Hornisse (Hornet), the Nashorn comprised a composite Pz III/IV chassis and an 8.8 cm PaK 43 gun. 494 were built and it was used on all fronts in the heavy tank destroyer units from mid-1943 on. The first user was the 655th Schwere Panzerjaegerabteilung in Russia.


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See also

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External links

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Germany tank destroyers
Based on Pz.38(t)  Marder III · Marder III H · Jagdpanzer 38(t)
Based on Pz.I  Panzerjäger I
Based on Pz.II  15cm sIG 33 B Sfl
Based on Pz.III  StuG III A · StuG III F · StuG III G · StuH 42 G
Based on Pz.IV  Jagdpanzer IV · Panzer IV/70(V) · Panzer IV/70(A) · Brummbär · Dicker Max · Nashorn
Based on Pz.V  Jagdpanther · Bfw. Jagdpanther
Based on Pz.VI  Sturer Emil · Ferdinand · Jagdtiger
  JPz 4-5 · Waffenträger · VFW · VT1-2
Wheeled  8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. · Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4
Rocket/Missile  15 cm Pz.W.42 · RakJPz 2 · RakJPz 2 (HOT)