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The Nashorn: A Thin-Skinned Rhino | WWII Tank Destroyer

TLDRThe Nashorn, also known as the Hornisse or rhino, was a German tank destroyer in World War II. Despite its thin armor, the Nashorn was incredibly lethal, with its 8.8cm pak 43/1 L/71 gun. However, it suffered from overheating and accuracy issues. The Nashorn and its close relative, the Hummel, showcase the problems of both too little and too much armor. Today, only three Nashorn and six Hummel examples remain.

Key insights

💥The Nashorn was a German tank destroyer with thin armor but a powerful 8.8cm gun.

🔥Despite its weaknesses, the Nashorn was incredibly lethal, taking out multiple enemy tanks.

📛The Nashorn suffered from overheating and accuracy issues due to its design.

🐝The Nashorn and its close relative, the Hummel, demonstrate the problems of both too little and too much armor.

🌍Only three Nashorn and six Hummel examples remain, showcased in various museums around the world.

Q&A

What was the main weapon of the Nashorn?

The main weapon of the Nashorn was the 8.8cm pak 43/1 L/71 gun, known for its long-range rapid fire capability.

What were the weaknesses of the Nashorn?

The Nashorn had thin armor, suffered from overheating, and had accuracy issues with its sighting system.

How many Nashorn examples remain?

There are currently three Nashorn examples remaining, preserved in museums.

What is the difference between the Nashorn and the Hummel?

The Nashorn was a tank destroyer, while the Hummel was a self-propelled artillery vehicle armed with a 15cm howitzer.

What lessons can be learned from the Nashorn and Hummel?

The Nashorn and Hummel showcase the problems of both too little armor and too much armor in tank design.

Timestamped Summary

00:00The Nashorn, also known as the Hornisse or rhino, was a German tank destroyer in World War II.

02:13Despite its thin armor, the Nashorn was incredibly lethal, with its 8.8cm pak 43/1 L/71 gun.

08:51The Nashorn suffered from overheating and accuracy issues due to its design.

13:03The Nashorn and its close relative, the Hummel, showcase the problems of both too little and too much armor.

15:23Today, only three Nashorn and six Hummel examples remain, preserved in museums around the world.