Sturmtiger, the Nazi German ‘pray to me in this bush’ cannon

Sturmtiger, the Nazi German 'pray to me in this bush' cannon 0
Sturmtiger, the Nazi German 'pray to me in this bush' cannon 0

A NaziĀ SturmtigerĀ self-propelled gun.

After suffering many losses against strong Soviet fortresses in the Barbarossa plan (plan to invade the Soviet Union) in 1941, Hitler’s military generals thought of developing a class of self-propelled guns.

Under Hitler’s direct direction, the Sturmtiger self-propelled gun was completed according to drawings in 1943.

The Sturmtiger was completely installed on the Tiger I tank chassis, retaining the intact body and suspension, and the main gun was tightly attached to the front of the vehicle’s body.

Because it is designed to operate primarily in urban combat environments, the Sturmtiger’s armor is designed thickly to increase its ability to survive when hit by bullets.

The Sturmtiger’s main armament is the 380 mm Raketen-Werfer 61 L/5.4 cannon, which includes an automatic magazine reloading system.

To defend against infantry, the Sturmtiger is equipped with a 7.92mm MG42 machine gun mounted in the front of the vehicle, with more than 800 rounds of ammunition.

Hitler at that time, eager to win, was especially interested in the Sturmtiger production project because he believed that this new type of self-propelled artillery would help infantry attack better on the battlefield.

However, since it first entered the battlefield in 1944, the Sturmtiger not only failed to help Hitler’s army gain the upper hand, but also became a nightmare for Nazi artillerymen using this type of artillery.

The sound emitted from the cannon barrel when fired is considered one of the most dangerous for the Sturmtiger.

Besides, Sturmtiger also caused significant damage to other army units on the battlefield.

During the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, Sturmtiger destroyed 14 Allied tanks and lost two.

This made Hitler extremely angry and ordered that a silencer be installed below the barrel.

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