The M52 self-propelled howitzer was one of the first SPGs of the newly founded West-German army. The type was introduced in 1956 to replace the M7 Priest, which was at best a training-vehicle and already obsolete since the early 1950s.
It featured an enclosed combat-compartment mounted on a semi-rotatable turret (60° to the left and right) with a 105mm howitzer, which was a big improvement over the casemate design of the M7.
Overall, the M52 was not very popular with the German artillery brigades, as the fume-extractor rarely worked properly, resulting in the build-up of smoke and debris in the enclosed turret, reducing combat effectiveness and even putting the health of the soldiers within the SPG at risk.
The M52 served with the Bundeswehr until 1966 in various artillery-brigades as the main self-propelled howitzer, with a range of roughly 11km. The M52 was replaced by the M110 and M107 SPGs in 1966.
Mass: 24,5 tons
Armor: 12,7mm max
Armament: 105mm M49 howitzer, 1x 12,7mm M2HB (900 rounds)
Engine: Continental AOS-895-3 (506 HP)
Speed: 56 kph
I personally think this would be a fun and interesting vehicle for Germany, which could be used as a direct-fire assault-gun. The 12,7mm M2 Browning is always useful on any tank it is mounted on, and the 60° of turet rotation gives this SPH more flexibility than for example the Brummbär or similar German casemate assault-guns.
What do you think?