15cm Schwere Panzerhaubitze auf Geschützwagen
In 1942 the Waffenamt (Ordnance Department) saw a need for self-propelled
artillery for the Panzer Divisions.Initially a design for a 10.5cm howitzer
mounted on a Panzer III/IV chassis was considered, but with the advent of the
Wespe 10.5cm self-propelled howitzer on the Panzer II hull the design was
changed to mount the 15cm howitzer. The new gun was based on a lengthened Panzer
IV hull with some mechanical elements from the Panzer III.
The prototype was named the Hummel (Bumble-Bee). It was armed with the 15cm
sFH 18/1 L/30 howitzer mounted in an open topped fighting compartment. It had a
crew of 6, a driver and 5 men to serve the gun. It carried 18 rounds of
ammunition but further rounds were carrier in a Munitions Fahrzeuge, which was
simply a Hummel with no gun and an extra plate bolted over the gun space in the
front of the superstructure.
The Hummel proved popular with crews and they generally lived with their
Hummel. It was common to find personal stowage in and around the vehicle.It went
into production in late 1942 and by early 1943 the first batteries were in
service with several Panzer divisions. Initially each Panzer division was to
receive one battery of 6, but later some divisions received a second
A total of 666 were produced, and a further 150 were made as unarmed
ammunition resupply carriers (Munitions Fahrzeuge).Their first major action was
a Kursk where their heavy firepower proved valuable during the preparatory
bombardment of the Soviet positions before attacks. It continued to prove useful
providing mobile artillery support for advancing Panzer divisions until the end
of the war.
In Flames Of War
The Hummel’s 15cm howitzer is one of the biggest artillery pieces
available on the tabletop in Flames of War, with bigger guns usually represented
during preliminary bombardment in missions. So with this rather large piece of
ordinance you should be able to cause a fair bit of chaos and destruction on
your opponent’s force.
With an artillery range of 72”/180cm (3×24”/60cm) you can cover most of
the battlefield, AT4 and FP2+ as artillery means it can knock out the heaviest
of tanks and the most protected of infantry.
As a direct fire weapon it can also be useful (Range 24”/60cm, AT12, FP1+).
But its short range would leave it vulnerable to retaliation from longer ranged
weapons. So only use them in this role in emergencies, keep them at the back
laying down a blanket of destruction with artillery fire.
Their ability to drop smoke is also useful screening your other troops and
forcing the enemy to move to engage you.
Specification: Flames of War – Hummel
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