Hummel Sd.Kfz 165

The Sd.Kfz 165 Hummel was a 150mm self-propelled howitzer used by Germany in World War II. It entered service with Waffen-SS units in late 1942 on the Eastern Front, being first fielded in a major military engagement in the Battle of Kursk in July 1943. The Hummel was developed using the Panzer III transmission and the Panzer IV chassis, on which was mounted the 15-cm sFH 18; this 150mm-caliber howitzer had a maximum range of 13.2 km and a rate of 5 round per minute, firing 43-kg HE shells. The Sd.Kfz. 165 was operated by a crew of 5, with the driver sitting in an armored foward position. The vehicle had enough internal space to carry up to 18 rounds of ammunition.  Production of the Hummel was stopped in late 1944.


Weight: 24 tons

Length: 7.1 m

Width: 2.9 m

Power plant: one Maybach V HL-120 TRM V12 gasoline engine, generating 300 hp

Maximum speed: 42 km/h (27 mph)

Range: 215 km (134 miles)

Armor: 30mm on the front



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