Sturer Emil

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Sturer Emil
Sturer Emil
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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

The Sturer Emil is typical of the German open-topped tank destroyers: fragile and particularly vulnerable to air attack. With a maximum of 50 mm of armour, the best protection is to not get shot at in the first place. On the plus side, the Sturer Emil cannot be hull-broken.

The sides of the superstructure are covered by ammunition and any clean hit on the Sturer Emil is likely to detonate the ammunition. The loader also stands in a particularly exposed position at the back of the tank destroyer, where he is very vulnerable to stray bullets or shrapnel. The rest of the crew is fairly spread out, which means that it is not easy to get a crew knock-out with one shot.

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.


Based on the VK 30.01 (H) heavy tank chassis, the Sturer Emil has very lacklustre mobility thanks to the weak engine. It is not very well suited to mobile, fast moving battles, and cannot relocate easily.

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)

The 12,8 cm K 40 is easily the most powerful gun carried by any vehicle within the Sturer Emil's BR range, and it is a very deadly threat; it is capable of frontally penetrating any vehicle the Sturer Emil faces. On top of that, the APHE shells have a massive amount of explosive filler, all but guaranteeing a one-shot kill upon penetration. It should be noted, however, that the APHE shells have a 28 mm fuse threshold, and are likely to penetrate lightly armoured vehicles without exploding.

Conversely, the large size and weight of the 12,8 cm shells result in a long reload time. If the loader is knocked out, the reload time is massively increased, crippling the tank destroyer. The vehicle is also not very spacious, resulting in an ammunition capacity of only 15 rounds. The gun also has a limited amount of elevation and traverse, which can make it rather difficult to bring the gun to bear in some situations. This, combined with the lack of any machine guns, also renders the Sturer Emil virtually helpless against aircraft.

The Sturer Emil platform also provides the gun with an excellent gun depression angles, allowing the Sturer Emil to go hull-down on relatively steep slopes while exposing very little of the vehicle. The gun is mounted near the top of the superstructure as well, which allows the Sturer Emil to use its gun while exposing very little of the vehicle.

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

Methods of combat with the Sturer Emil -

Direct Engagement

AKA how you use any other Tank Destroyer - find a good vantage point, and use your gun's impressive long range pen stats to decimate even heavy tanks. when doing so, keep in mind to make as much use of your tank's depression as possible, and backing away from the open when reloading, as that is when most tanks will attempt to take you out.

Indirect Fire

one of the greatest capabilities of large caliber guns like the Sturer Emils, is that they allow you to take advantage of their high angle of projectile drop.

when on long range maps like Sands of Sinai or Maginot Line (or really any map that provides for long distance shots) drive to places where you are on the back slope of a hill relative to potential targets. from there, DO NOT POKE OUT. you can then use binoculars to look for long range targets. when you fire, the round will essentially be fired over your cover (due to the necissary adjustment to your gun's elevation to hit targets at distance), with the rate of projectile drop allowing you to essentially hit targets who cannot even see your position.

another benefit of this method is being able to maintain position during reloading (as opposed to receding to cover as stated in "direct engagement") meaning that while you wait for reload, you can correct your aim for range and target heading, allowing you to home into where you need to aim to make accurate hits.

here is a visual depiction of "Indirect Fire" so as to make it as clear as possible -

a depiction of indrect fire as drawn by AManAndHisTank using GIMP 2.8.

Pros and cons


  • Outstanding gun depression, same as the "Dicker Max"
  • Extremely powerful gun with very lethal APHE shells
  • Five fairly spread out crew members
  • AP shells with HE filler will have little trouble doing damage
  • Cannot be hull-broken
  • Good gun placement high in the superstructure


  • Poor mobility
  • Long reload time and limited ammunition capacity
  • Exposed loader
  • Very vulnerable to airstrikes due to open top
  • Limited gun traverse and elevation angles
  • Poor armour


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


Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
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