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GERMAN SDKFZ SAU 164 “RHINO” (RHINO)

88-mm antitank and antiaircraft gun Cancer 43 It was one of the best multi-purpose guns during the Second World War, but mobility was not one of her virtues. Meanwhile, the war in the vast territories of the Soviet Union demanded that the artillery maximum mobility. The first successful experience of making “the eighty-eighth” became a self-propelled anti-tank SAU SdKfz 164, or “Pancerâger” (Hunter tanks) IV, based at the PzKpfw IV chassis. It was viewed as a “temporary measure” before the advent of specialized self-propelled antitank, but it produced almost to the end of the war.

Informally called “Nashorn” (rhino), and officially “Hornisse” (hornet), It was equipped with a new weakly armored logging, It housed a crew of four. To increase the space crew compartment powerplant moved from the aft to fore body portion. Its thickness frontal armor plate does not exceed 30 mm, and the gun servants defended and did fine, 10-mm armor. Because of its height “Nashorn” was hard to disguise, but the long-range gun allowed him to fight for a considerable distance, What other “pancerâgeram”. Is produced from February 1943 city, ACS had time for the summer offensive. “Nashorn” delivered in a separate anti-tank units, to act as “firemen”, which command cast from one edge portion to the other there, where Soviet tanks broke. There was only one order 500 units of this product, industrials and mastered it almost in full, releasing 494 “Nashorn” by March 1945 city, when German industry was completely restructured in a vain
attempt to prevent the inevitable end of the Third Reich. Based on the same chassis ACS “Hummel” was created (bumblebee), Armed 150mm howitzer.
The performance characteristics of the ACS “Nashorn” (“Rhinoceros”)
Photo SAU “Rhinoceros” (“Rhinoceros”)
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