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German Tech Tree Expansion – Sturmtiger Line!

October 8, 2021

CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE! Research Germany’s newest tanks and blast your opponents with their high damage values.

Get a feel for these tanks’ power! Starting on October 12th, begin your journey from the Tier IV StuG III Ausf. B toward all six new tanks of the Sturmtiger line.


Historical Note

This line includes some of the most powerful German vehicles from World War II. The assortment of gun calibers range from the impressive 150 mm of the heavy 15 cm schweres Infanterie Geschütz 33, with which the StuIG 33B heavy tank destroyer was equipped, to the terrific 380 mm StuM RW 61 L / 5,4 of the Sturmtiger’s rocket launcher, which was intended to destroy fortifications and break enemy defenses in battle.

However, not all of them were built and used in battle. For example, the formidable Bär (developed by Krupp) did not get a “start in life” due to the military’s choice in favor of the Sturmtiger, from the Alkett company. Other vehicles survived in both single or several copies.

And now, it’s your turn to master them!


The New Sturmtiger Line

The highlight of this new line is its weaponry. Mounted with large-caliber HE-based guns, these vehicles will have you dealing some seriously high alpha damage in your upcoming battles. Just keep in mind that, like other non-turreted tank destroyers, they will have limited firing arcs.

These tanks are best played as close-range support vehicles for the front line. Let your heavy tanks be the focus while you lob rounds at the enemy. And remember: HE shells have a large splash radius, so if the enemy groups up, shoot at the ones closest to each other to splash-damage your way to victory.

Selecting the right ammo will also be an important skill to master, so we highly recommend that you equip your vehicles with Advanced Reload.

The lower tiers will be easier to use, while the higher tiers will require some extra skill and knowledge to play effectively but will also be the most rewarding. Overall, this line will provide you with incredibly exciting battlefield moments.

Read on for all the details you need regarding the new vehicles, including tiers, costs, backgrounds, and more.


StuIG 33 B

  • Purchase Cost: 422,000
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Tier: V
  • Tech Tree: German
  • Unlocked with the StuG III Ausf. B
  • First tank in the new tank destroyer branch
  • Gives access to the Brummbär

The Sturmgeschütz (StuG) series included some of the most widely deployed German armored vehicles of World War II. Still, even its vehicles were modified. In 1942, a request for a self-propelled assault gun with stronger firepower was fulfilled by mounting a 15cm sIG 33 gun to a StuG chassis. The resulting vehicle was dubbed the Sturminfanteriegeschütze 33B, or StuIG 33b. The twenty-four units built in 1942 were the only units ever built.

Gun Options:

  • 12.8cm L/26 (Stock)
    • Penetration: 65/145/65
    • Damage: 300/260/400
  • 15 cm S.I.G. 33 L/11 (Upgraded)
    • Penetration: 75/160/75
    • Damage: 350/300/450
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Brummbär

  • Purchase Cost: 910,500
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Tier: VI
  • Tech Tree: German
  • Unlocked with the StuIG 33 B
  • Gives access to the Sturmpanzer

After the StuIG 33 B proved less successful against fortified structures, the design firm Alkett proposed an updated concept for a heavy infantry support vehicle, one that married a Panzer IV chassis to a 15cm StuH 43 L/12 gun with the aid of a box-shaped superstructure. The Sturmpanzer IV later became known as the Brummbär, which has been translated as “grizzly bear” or “grumbling bear.” Initial production began in 1943, with the vehicle first seeing action in the Battle of Kursk.

Gun Options:

  • 15 cm STUH 43 L/12 (Stock)
    • Penetration: 75/175/75
    • Damage: 660/580/660
  • 15 cm STUH 43/1 L/12 (Upgraded)
    • Penetration: 75/175/75
    • Damage: 660/580/660
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Sturmpanzer

  • Purchase Cost: 1,380,000
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Tier: VII
  • Tech Tree: German
  • Unlocked with the Brummbär
  • Gives access to the SturmTiger (P)

During the early 1940s, the German army began researching the possibility of an artillery vehicle that mounted a short-barreled 15cm howitzer. The goals behind this idea were twofold: supporting the German infantry’s advances and dominating in urban combat. Early designs for such a self-propelled gun proposed using a Panzer IV chassis.

Gun Options:

  • 15 cm STUH 43/1 L/12 (Stock)
    • Penetration: 75/175/75
    • Damage: 660/580/660
  • 21 cm Morser L/14.5 (Upgraded)
    • Penetration: 203/90/90
    • Damage: 740/950/950
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Sturmtiger (P)

  • Purchase Cost: 2,570,000
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Tier: VIII
  • Tech Tree: German
  • Unlocked with the Sturmpanzer
  • Gives access to the Bär

Although the Henschel firm ultimately received the contract for the tank that would become the Tiger I, Porsche submitted a Tiger tank design as well. It has been suggested that the idea of creating an assault vehicle with a 210mm mortar and components from the Porsche Tiger arose in 1942. However, this tank concept was never realized or fulfilled.

Gun Options:

  • 21 cm Morser L/14.5 (Stock)
    • Penetration: 203/90/90
    • Damage: 740/950/950
  • 22 cm MRS 531 (Upgraded)
    • Penetration: 262/95/95
    • Damage: 780/1000/1000
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Bär

  • Purchase Cost: 3,450,000
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Tier: IX
  • Tech Tree: German
  • Unlocked with the Sturmtiger (P)
  • Gives access to the Sturmtiger

The German army’s interest in developing a heavily armored assault vehicle capable of demolishing well-fortified structures continued into 1943. That year, the manufacturing firm Krupp proposed a design that called for a 30.5cm L/16 siege mortar along with the running gear from a Tiger tank. The 120-ton Bär (“bear” in English) never existed beyond blueprints. However, it is said to have influenced the design of the Sturmtiger.

Gun Options:

  • 22 cm MRS 531 (Stock)
    • Penetration: 262/95/95
    • Damage: 780/1000/1000
  • 30.5 cm Morser L/16 (Upgraded)
    • Penetration: 283/105/105
    • Damage: 1100/1400/1400
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Sturmtiger

  • Purchase Cost: 6,100,000
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Tier: X
  • Tech Tree: German
  • Unlocked with the Bär
  • End of the branch

The Sturmtiger, also called the Sturmmörser, featured a distinct armament: a 38cm gun originally intended for use against enemy submarines. The gun fired rocket-propelled shells, the exhaust from which created so much pressure that a series of ventilation shafts had to be installed from the breech to the gun muzzle. Because the Tiger I chassis was the only chassis strong enough to mount such a gun, and because Tiger tanks were in high demand at the frontlines, only eighteen Sturmtiger vehicles were built, twelve of which were completed and sent into battle.

Gun Options:

  • 38 cm Sturm RW 61 L/5.4
    • Penetration: 280/115/115
    • Damage: 1300/1700/1700
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