Produced from 1943 through 1944, with a total of more than 650 vehicles manufactured. They first saw combat in the Battle of Kursk (Operation Citadel).
Built on the Pz.Kpfw. III/IV chassis, the Hummel is a very well-rounded piece of artillery. The second gun can take down or seriously damage any heavy tank. This, combined with a good accuracy, makes it one of the best T6 SPGs. It can also be played in "tank destroyer mode" (direct fire) when needed. However, because of its height and low gun depression, going into a short range gunfight is not advisable, since you're likely to just overshoot anything in front of you.
The Hummel leads to the G.W. Panther.
Pros and Cons
- Good alpha damage and splash
- Good accuracy
- Decent gun traverse arc
- Low dispersion while turning
- Most hitpoints of all T6 SPGs
- Can be played as TD when needed
- Large silhouette
- Not that good mobility
- Most expensive shells of all T6 SPGs
- First gun has only 800m range and very slow shell travel speed
The Hummel starts off as a larger version of the Grille with the same gun. As soon as the upgraded gun is bought, however, everything changes. First of all, the second gun has a slow aim speed compared with other guns, and this can be quite frustrating in the beginning. If time and patience are taken, however, this SPG will perform really well. The gun does a nice amount of damage and penetration, and can easily stay competitive in tier 8 games. It has a good traverse arc, without having to turn the whole vehicle.
The 18 rounds carried won't run out as often as in the Grille due to the lower rate of fire. Fire discipline must be taken in order to be effective, and make sure to let the aim circle to shrink all the way without taking premature shots, as this is the only way to truly guarantee a hit. Other wise, it'll be a waste of a shell. The 27 seconds of reload time might seem long, but it actually works out quite well with the Hummel, allowing you to get a nice shot off, relocate, re-aim, and load at a fairly decent pace.
- Unfortunately, only the radios carry over from the Grille.
- Research and install the engines first, as they are cheap XP wise.
- The upgraded suspension is necessary in order to mount the second gun.
- Now research the 15 cm sFH 18 L/30.
- Go from there.
In early 1942, one prototype based on the Panzerkampfwagen III’s chassis and armed with 105mm leFH17 howitzer (with muzzle brake) was constructed. Its design was rejected in favor of using the Panzerkampfwagen IV’s chassis. This design was accepted, and one prototype, based on the Panzerkampfwagen IV’s chassis and armed with 105mm leFH17, was produced.In late July of 1942, it was decided to replace the gun with the more powerful 150mm sFH 18 L/30 howitzer (without muzzle brake) based on the special chassis by Alkett/Rheinmetall-Borsig designated Geschutzwagen III/IV. It combined components of both the Pz.Kpfw. III (mainly Ausf J - driving and steering mechanism) and Pz.Kpfw. IV (mainly Ausf F - suspension, engine, cooling system). Originally, the Hummel (Bumble-Bee) was planned to be another "interim solution" until a specially designed gun platform / chassis was developed.