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Thenoob1234 #1 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 11:11

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During 1942, the call was sent out in Germany to design a new anti-tank SPG. This artillery gun was to mount a massive 30,5cm howitzer motar cannon and to be based off of the Tiger II chassis. During 1943, the Krupp company proposed the development of the Sturmpanzer  Bär (Bear) to meet these requirements.

The Sturmpanzer Bär had a layout resembling previous German mobile artillery guns, with a large, open-air, rear mounted superstructure. The gun of choice was a 305mm KwK L/16 anti-tank cannon, capable of firing almost 12,000 yards away from the tank. The Sturmpanzer Bär, having been based on the Tiger II, also shared the Tiger II’s sloped frontal armor layout, although weakened, at 130mm of armor on the front. This, combined with the large gun and casemate, gave the Sturmpanzer Bär a whopping 120 tons of bulk.

The Sturmpanzer Bär’s gun was rigidly-mounted, with the load system projecting to the rear of the tank. It could be elevated from 0 to 70 degrees, and had storage rooms for 10 rounds. Every 305mm round weighted 770 pounds and had approximately 1/7th of the round taken up by explosive charge. The massive weight of the bullet allowed a pitiful reload rate, making missing with this tank painful.

The new Sturmpanzer was to have a 12-cylender Maybach HL 230 P30 powerplant that produced 700 horsepower. Later designs were stated to have supercharged versions of this engine, with one proposing to switch to a 1050 horsepower engine. This gave the Sturmpanzer sluggish maneuverability and speed, making it both a large target and a slow one at that.
The Sturmpanzer Bär had to be operated by a crew of six – The commander, two loaders, gunner, driver, and radio operator. It was supposed to be equipped with a mechanically assisted load system but this was never put into circulation.
Although the Sturmpanzer Bär never did leave the drawing board, it did influence many other SPG designs, including the Sturmtiger.

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Historical specifics aside, this tank looks like a great contender for a german tier 8 premium SPG. Essentially, it would be a less penetration, higher damage T92, capable of one-shotting anything on the map.

To counterbalance this, the developers could give it around 0.6 to 0.7 rounds per minute of reload, meaning that it would only be able to lob a shot at the enemy about 9 times a round. In addition, it would have low arc, and be highly innacurate, negating the super high alpha damage. Despite this, sheer splash alone should be able to allow this tank to rake in a few kills.

Another aspect and advantage of this tank is the overwhelming amount of armor. With 130mm of steel armor plate, this will be a tough nut to crack. Factor in the slope of the Tiger II, and you get a SPG more armored than any previous one, German or otherwise. Lights will find that even flanking this tank may prove difficult due to the super thick armor.

Lastly, due to the high weight, you could potentially use ramming as an option. The only tanks in the game that would be heavier than this monster would be the Maus and the E100. Even then, it would be capable of damaging the tanks with ramming. However, even the Lowe should be able to outrun it, so ramming may be harder than it is on paper.

So what do you think? A potential tier 8 artillery?

PICTURE:
http://ww2drawings.j...uns/Baer/p1.jpg
SCHEMATICS:
http://www.achtungpa...images/baer.jpg

DEATHRAY #2 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 11:27

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massive 30,5cm howitzer motar cannon

they'll add it right after the Ratte

Lert #3 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 11:31

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View PostDEATHRAY, on Aug 26 2012 - 11:27, said:

they'll add it right after the Ratte
They already confirmed Sturmtiger which has a 38cm.

DEATHRAY #4 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 11:40

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View PostLert, on Aug 26 2012 - 11:31, said:

They already confirmed Sturmtiger which has a 38cm.

i doubt they'll actually implement it unless they break their "end tier premium"

BandofBrothers101 #5 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 11:49

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View PostDEATHRAY, on Aug 26 2012 - 11:40, said:

i doubt they'll actually implement it unless they break their "end tier premium"
with a massive reload and only HE, I don't think it'll be that "game breaking" to implement..poor pen, good (EXTREME) splash

ysoignorant #6 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 12:02

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German T92 ahoy! :D

18Bravo #7 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 12:22

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According to Overlord's blog, they're planning on bringing in the sturmtiger and brummbar, possibly with other artillery.  Taken from http://overlord-wot....w-to-serbs.html


Q: Can you tell me when will you add Brummbär and Sturmtiger in the game and in which line you will put those tanks?


A: We have decided to form a separate subline of assault guns with these vehicles. This subline is not finished yet, as soon it is, we will announce it to players.




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