Some StuG III were also made from a Panzer III chassis but fitted the bogie suspension system of the Panzer IV tank. The campaign of France had shown the value of the StuG, and 150 Ausf.Ds were ordered, followed by 500 Ausf.Es. According to the “Balaton book” these were of the early, mid and late Ausf.G type and some StuH 42s. Normal provision was 54 rounds. Ausf.F from the Sturmgeschutz Abteilung 1, GrossDeutschland Division, Russia, 1942-43. This was the HEAT or Gr.38 HL round. Ausf.G, 301st PanzerAbteilung (Fkl), 2nd Panzerdivision, Normandy, summer 1944. – Osprey Publishing – Fighting Armour of WW2 collection, Hilary Doyle, Tom Jentz, Peter Sarson, Sturmgeschutz assault gun 1940-42. In June 1944, it received a coaxial MG 34. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating to protect vehicles from magnetic mines were used from September 1943-September 1944 only. http://cdn-frm-eu.wargaming.net/wot/ru/uploads/monthly_10_2011/post-1518802-0-89402500-1317787595.jpg This extra storage allowed to store even more rounds. The gun mantlet and recuperator were 50 mm (1.97 in) thick. Syrian up-armored StuG III, with a DshK HMG, in the late 1950s. Due to the limited arc of 24° (12° on each side), the whole tank had to be moved frequently to deal with relatively close moving targets. The high explosive filler was reduced in size, preventing the shell from breaking up during penetration. Most of them are missing due to broken links. The post WW2 CS Army upgraded the Sturmgeschütz they had in their possession. Was there a variant with five, or did the museum misidentify the vehicle? It could be attached, however, to theses organic units for special tasks requiring its mobility. It was, of course, further increased by the gradual replacement of the Panzer III with the StuG III on the same production lines. G was the ultimate version of the venerable assault gun with more than 8400 being produced between December of 1942 through April of 1945. -The Ausf.D was virtually identical, only receiving an on-board intercom. F and Ausf. When it first appeared the Sturmgeschütz, or as it is more commonly known the StuG III, was a unique weapon – a powerful artillery gun mounted on a fully armoured, tracked, low slung chassis based on the Panzer III medium tank, and designed to provide close support for the German infantry. One was photographed disabled by US. The former also carried out the conversion of 173 older Panzer IIIs to the StuG III Ausf.G standard, and 142 were based on the late Panzer III Ausf.M chassis. But the Hauptmann insisted that the unit strength was not diminished, but on the contrary, it increased, as instead of 10-15 vehicles per unit, 22 would be preferable. In all, Alkett was responsible for delivering 7500 StuGs, while MIAG built 2586. Just over thirteen hundred of this type were produced between 1942 and 1945. By May 1943, Alkett started fitting Schurzen (spaced armored side skirts), but it was rushed out and the fixations were later proven inadequate at Kursk (this was corrected in March 1944). In January 1940, the first official production version appeared. The G variant was the most numerous, with nearly 8 500 manufactured or converted from previous variants. A new driver’s visor, square MG port and double turret doors were fitted. This was basically a short barrel gun tailored to fire HE rounds at fortifications and enemy positions. This photo says scores about the average kill ratio of Sturmgeschutz units in operations – Credits: Histomil.com. This 3.3 m long barrel was a real game-changer, with a muzzle velocity of 740 m/s when fed with the armor-piercing Panzergranat-Patrone 39. -The Ausf.B saw a much larger production (300), this time by Alkett, between June 1940 and May 1941. With an addition of coaxial, all StuGs carried two MG 34 machine guns from fall of 1944. Also, using repaired and captured hulls, they managed to build another 300 SU-76i self-propelled guns and tank hunters, equipped with standard Soviet 76 mm (3 in) guns in 1943-44. Your email address will not be published. Despite having the short barrel, the early StuG Ausf.A to E succeeded in destroying more T-34s than taking losses themselves. Early prototype (Versurchserie) of the Sturmhaubitze 42. StuG III Ausf.G with Saukopf, 12th Stürmgeschutz-Brigade Germany, February-March 1945. Production of Assault Gun III and Variants Production The chart on page 283 illustrates total StuG output during the entire time axis. The main gun was the Krupp 7,5 cm Kanone L/24 (24 caliber long). A very thorough Russian article about the StuG. Ausf.G with extra concrete armor, destroyed in Romania, 1944. This article is in need of some care and attention and may contain errors or inaccuracies. In late 1941 the StuG III chassis was selected to carry the 15 cm sIG 33 heavy infantry gun. It is operated by a crew of 3; one driver, one gunner and one commander. Delivery started in the autumn of 1943, but, in the fall of 1944, they were withdrawn and used for training. The purpose of this addition was so that the Wehrmacht would have an effective combat support unit that would work well against infantry. A warning is issued not to split any platoons into smaller units in order to keep some amount of firepower, and only reserve this practice for exceptional short-duration support missions. 40 were sold to Syria. From December 1942, a square machine gun shield for the loader was installed, allowing an MG 34 to be factory installed on a StuG for the first time. In pursuit, StuGs had to be kept close to their infantry support at all times, in order to be aware of unseen enemy positions and deal with any resistance. There was a large opening on the front, for the bulky main gun mounting. GENERAL DATA: Formal Designation: Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette für Sturmgeschütz 7.5cm Kanone Ausf. Three were posted directly above the driver (left), gunner (right) and commander’s (left) seats. StuG III Ausf.G from the 23rd Sturmgeschütz Brigade in Russia, late 1943. The StuG III A is the beginning of the StuG III line and the first enclosed tank destroyer for the German tree. It had a new 6 speed forward, 1 speed reverse transmission and it could carry about 320 liters of fuel. Coaxial machine gun was added first to boxy mantlets from June 1944, and then to cast Topfblende from October 1944, in the middle of "Topfblende" mantlet production. The rear engine deck was 16 mm (0.63 in), while the belly plate measured 15 mm (0.59 in). By March 1943, simplification pushed to drop the driver’s periscope. By the time of the up-gunned G version, however (December 1942), a single Maschinengewehr 34 protected by a mask was mounted on top of the superstructure. Further variants; In 1942, a variant of the StuG III Ausf. The first mention of an MG for the German StuGs comes in September 1941, with the Ausf.E. Postwar, it was called “pig-head” (Saukopf or Saukopfblende). A bracket for a MG 34 was added at the rear of the fighting compartment (inside the tank), plus a container for MG ammo. This was proven enough to destroy the most common T-34 tanks and saw the role of the StuG shifting from an infantry support vehicle to an ubiquitous tank-hunter. As reported, ammo expenditure was divided into 12,370 HE, 5120 AP, and 1360 HEAT rounds. StuG III Ausf. G III F ammunition carrier.? http://war.autopavara.lt/images/9/4.122.jpg, https://www.snariad.ru/wp-content/gallery/su-76i/su-76i2.jpg, http://cdn-frm-eu.wargaming.net/wot/ru/uploads/monthly_10_2011/post-1518802-0-89402500-1317787595.jpg, http://tanki-v-boju.ru/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SU-76I_4.png, http://tanki-v-boju.ru/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SU-76I_7.png, 3.7 cm Flak 43 in Keksdose-Turm auf Pz.Kpfw.III Fahrgestell, The Flakpanzer You Never Knew About | Flakpanzer III. The StuH 42 mounted a variant of the 10.5 cm leFH 18 howitzer, modified to be electrically fired and fitted with a muzzle brake. The StuG III Ausf. The remnants fought a quite extraordinary defensive battle at Krasny Bor on February, 10, 1943, the armor being entrenched and protected. Please note that Panzer Variants 1 has been amended . The distances between triangles was used for aiming at moving targets. There are no reports to indicate any of these were used in combat and all were returned to Ausf. It was recommended to gradually withdraw these platoons for refuelling and re-supply operations at the rear and, in any case, the vehicles had to be thoroughly serviced after 4/5 days of mission. Otherwise, it looks very much like the top illustration on this page. The main gun on a Sturmgeschütz was called a StuK-40 (SturmKanone), which was a special variant of the 75mm L/46 Pak-40 (towed two wheeled anti tank gun) which in turn was to fit in the superstructure of the StuG III. The manual Instruction of the employment of Sturmartillerie was first published in May 1940 and updated and re-printed in April 1942. SG-122 Artsturm, conversion of the SU-76i as a howitzer SPG, 1945 (not to scale). A fully independent unit, the Sturgeschütz-lehr batterie 900 was formed in March and three batteries were attached organically to the SS divisions “Das Reich”, “Totenkopf” and “Wiking”. The Sturmartillerie Abteilungs were independent and only under the High Command authority, but, in some cases, a provisional organic inclusion in Divisions was allowed for special tasks. 7.5 cm K. The first production version was based on the Panzer III Ausf.F chassis, and had the frontal armor raised to 50 mm (1.97 in), instead of the 30 mm (1.18 in) of the original pre-series. From October to December, 17 Panzer IVs, on average, destroyed 136 enemy tanks, while the 13 StuGs claimed only 75. StuG III Ausf.G operating in Poland, 1944. Simplification and standardization helped to further reduce costs and delays. We will be taking this into consideration when writing future articles or revisiting older ones. The side sloped armored boxes were eliminated, and the casemate sides were extended half-through the mudguard width. The initial design was less successful than the K.Gr.rot. Love the site – very informative. Sturmgeschütz III was one of the most successful Nazi designs, both in terms of units produced - ca. Crossing bridges had to be carefully handled, at no more than 8 km/h (5 mph) with 30 m intervals. It was commanded by Oberwachtmeister Kurt Pfreundtner and destroyed nine Soviet tanks in 20 minutes, which earned him the Knights Cross. From January 1944, the StuG IV, based on the Panzer IV chassis and with a slightly modified StuG III superstructure entered production. In practice, due to their moral boost effect on the battlefield and to avoid withdrawing to resupply, crews usually preferred cramming extra rounds wherever possible. The manual also strongly recommended surprise at any level of the engagement to ensure maximal lethality. Last but not least was the standard HE round, the 7.5 cm Sprgr.34, which was the heaviest of all (7-8 kg). Shot deflectors for cupolas were first installed from October 1943 from one factory, to be installed on all StuGs from February 1944. It had a Maybach HL 120 engine that was capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 40 km/h. Romanian TAs of the IInd battalion, 2nd Tank Regiment operating in Czechoslovakia and Austria in 1945. I find Tanks Encyclopedia has a tendency to forget that the Wehrmacht reports routinely don’t report lost tanks that were lost but repaired after the battle, nor are their reports always attested to by countervailing Soviet reports. Is it safe to assume that the StuG III in Moscow started out as a Panzer III and was converted to a StuG at a later date, possibly went sent in for repairs? Only about 20 were manufactured. A French reconnaissance battalion was destroyed in the process of taking several fortified buildings. In its first 15 days of operation, Oberleuntnant Pelikan’s StuG unit destroyed 91 tanks and captured 23, destroyed 23 bunkers, ten armored trains and disrupted convoys, claiming hundreds of trucks. This version appeared in September 1942 and 250 vehicles were built up to December. Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating was factory applied for just a year, from September 1943 to September 1944. These cookies do not store any personal information. Ausf.G of an unknown unit with extra timber protection, 1944-45. 150 were delivered between May and September 1941. Field modifications were made to increase the vehicle's survivability, resulting in diversity to already numerous variants: cement plastered on front superstructure, older Ausf.C/D retrofitted with a Kwk40 L48 gun, Ausf.G mounting Panzer IV cupola, a coaxial MG34 through a hole drilled on a boxy mantlet. A (StuG III A) is a rank I German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. This figure reflected the success of other StuG Abteilungs in operation on the Eastern Front. The latter were given in 1943-44 (59 in all) and served against the USSR with great efficiency (the first 30 destroyed 87 Soviet tanks for only 8 losses). The second batch saw limited if no action. Both documents were combined for the second edition, with the contradictions duly noted. By the middle of the Second World War it had developed into a potent anti-tank weapon, and the StuG III Ausf.G was produced in larger numbers than any single version of any other German tank or armoured fighting vehi… It was introduced during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41. By March 1943, Abteilung battery composition was changed and increased. By April 1941, these units were supplemented with sidecars for dismounted platoon leaders, and trucks replaced the Sd.Kfz.10/11. Other attacks were repulsed later, but the lines became static for months. Hello, dear reader! Unteroffizier Horst Naumann (Stug.Abt.184) destroyed 12 tanks in a single action in January 1943 in the Demyansk area, and 27 enemy tanks in all. The price tag for the StuIG 33b was 20,450 DM. The howitzer was derived from a 10.5 cm leFH 18 with electric fire and a muzzle brake, although the latter was often omitted due to the lack of materials. Krupp already started worked on the s.Pak L/42 from January 1940, and the project evolved until March 1941. This version uses the longer 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/43 gun. 80 mm (3.15 in) armor plates were used instead of appliqué armor. At least one was captured by Israel and is now displayed at Yad-la-Shiron Museum near Tel Aviv. Another big change was the adoption of a rotating cupola with periscopes, later replaced by a fixed, welded one, because of the sudden shortage of ball bearings. By October 1943, the Division was eventually replaced by the 81st Infanterie-Division and the 123rd Infanterie-Division, and was retired to Volosovo. On the march, they were placed under the column commander authority. Taynton after June 15, 1944. So much so that it was reported from an anonymous tank commander “I would rather have one StuG Abteilung rather than an entire Panzerdivision”. The side superstructure received rectangular armored boxes for extra radio equipment and storing six more rounds (reaching a total of 50), while a MG 34 with 7 drum-type magazines was installed on the right rear side of the casemate for close defense. “Ausf.G in the Serbian military museum of Belgrade” The StuGs were the unsung heroes of the German defense from 1943 to 1945, with more kills than the Panthers and Tigers altogether (20,000 claimed just in 1944). This model introduced the escape hatches in each side, visible between the two leading return rollers. Even in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, the Wehrmacht already felt the need for a more mobile and more powerful anti-tank solution than the existing towed anti-tank guns such as Pak 36 or tank destroyers like the Panzerjäger I. They have been added to the article! F was designed with a 105 mm (4.1 in) howitzer instead of the 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/43 cannon. 251 armored half-track having over 15,000 produced. These were helped, again, by their low profile and, of course, the hedgerow configuration. The loading chamber was remodeled and shortened, while the rifled barrel chamber was kept intact. Also, the 2./Pz.Jg.Abt.331 saw action in the early summer as well as the PzAbt(Fkl)301. The Sturmgeschütz IV (StuG IV), was a German assault gun variant of the Panzer IV used in the latter part of the Second World War. The full Waffenamt designation was painted on the serial number plates as “Gepanzerte Selbfahrlafette für Sturmegschütz 7,5 cm Kanone (Sd.Kfz.142)” and abbreviated as gp.Sfl.f.Stu.G. The Continental R975 Page: The Main Engine in the Beginning. This was done in order to avoid disruptions caused by the increasingly efficient Allied bombing campaigns. This was extended to all units on 18 April 1941. Gchassis and it had some minor changes made to the gunner hatch. This tank destroyer was originally built as an assault gun, designed to f… Form February to March 1942, Abteilung 185 was resupplied with better HEAT ordnance and claimed more difficult targets, 29 KV-1s, 27 T-34s and 2 KV-2s, but took eight losses. It uses the same 75 mm gun as on the early Panzer IV F variants.This variant of Stug wasn't propperly armed for tank combat and was only effective in short range combats. By February 1945, only thirteen were left after combat, with the 2nd Armoured Regiment in early 1945, but all were destroyed afterwards. In December 1943, another report from the III/Panzer regiment 36 stated that at least four scenarios of attack could be successful using StuGs in conjunction with Panzer IVs. Jagdpanzer Grenadier Division “Totenkopf”, Kursk, summer 1943. units were attached to infantry regiments. Gs being used in the anti-tank role. Hi! A: StuG III Ausf. Many of the features of the Ausf. The commander vehicles were given SF14Z stereoscopic scissor periscopes. StuH 42 Ausf.G, Flasshchirmjäger Division Hermann Goering, Italy, mid-1944. The Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G (StuG III) is a German Tank Destroyer in Post Scriptum. Its evolution mirrored that of the more famous Panzer IV. Hello, Stan. Thirty rounds were carried in two parts, shells and cartridges, partly stored inside the large bins installed behind the casemate, over the engine deck. The definitive StuG III came in the form of the Ausf F … Sturmgeschutz III Ausf.G, early type, 23rd Sturmgeschutz-Brigade, Russia, 1943. They survived the war and were kept in the new Yugoslav People’s Army for years. G standard at depot level by 1944. Lack of large castings meant that boxy mantlet was also produced until the very end. See more ideas about camouflage patterns, iii, camouflage. 1,211 StuH 42 were produced from October 1942 to 1945. I can send a photo. In 1956 they were deployed alongside Panzer IVs and T-34/85s, reinforced with extra steel plates. Later, the superstructures sides received 8 mm (0.31 in) additional plates inclined at 30°, and aimed at defeating the French tungsten-core AP shells. These had shot deflectors generalized by February 1944. By the time Kharkov was retaken in February 1943, GrossDeutschland Division’s StuG units claimed 44 T-34s (whereas the Tigers only destroyed 30). Ausf.G early production, 202nd Assault Brigade, 15th Panzerdivision, March 1945. Pz (armor piercing, capped, with tracer and explosive filler), 65% were HE rounds, or Sprenggranaten, and 23% smoke shells, or Nebelgranaten. Ausf.G with Saukopf (late model), GrossDeutschland Division, winter 1944-45. F: StuG III Ausf. In November 1943, a total of ten StuG III Ausf.Gs* were sent to replace part of the losses. The pictures and other links appear to be broken now. Curious about any information that could be shared about the Stu. Between August 1940 and January 1942, 18 Sturmgeschütz Abteilungs were formed, just before the production shifted to the new Sturmkanone L/43 in March. These versions were known … A. They joined the scrapyard in 1954, due to a decision to use exclusively Soviet equipment. As an anecdote, StuG IVs of the 17th SS Pz.Grenadier division “Goetz von Berlichingen” also saw action in the early summer 1944. In all cases, detailing attack procedures stated that the StuGs had to be ready to intervene after the infantry started the attack, or held in reserve after enemy positions were duly identified. Get all 4 Tank Encyclopedia Magazine issues for 25% off! Von Malachowski and overall Oberwachtmeister Hugo Primozic also had enviable hunting records. It would appear from your drawings and most photos that StuG III’s usually did not have side hatches in the lower hall, despite being derived from the Panzer III. After a first engagement at Bialystock, the StuG Abt.285 fought on and built a significant experience on the roads of Leningrad between June and December 1941. The Stug.Abt.667 was a reserve of talents, like Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Jaenicke (who destroyed 12 BT-2s loaded on rail platforms in July 1941). The photos tagged with this are actually of an Ausf.F In September 1941 on Hitler’s personal orders StuG III was up-armpred and up-gunned by fitting the 75 mm StuK 40 L/43 (later 75 mm StuK 40 L/48) longer barrelled gun – StuG III Ausf. After nine days of heavy fighting, the regiment claimed 184 enemy tanks (mostly T-34s), 87 AT guns and 26 artillery pieces, for only four losses. In this regard, the StuGs did not fare better than the other Panzers, sharing the same mechanical parts on the chassis and narrow tracks more suited for the moderate climate of the west. The German allies, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Finland, also operated StuG IIIs. The name was altered on 7 February to “7.5 cm Kanone (Pz.Sfl)” and on 28 March to Sturmgeschütz, literally “assault gun”. On April 1944, 27 of them were being field tested on the Eastern front. The driver was given a visor mounted in the front plate and could use the KFF2 periscopes in fully protected mode. 12% of the shells were K.Gr.rot. One of the vehicles that was brought out for the ceremony was identified by the museum as a StuG III, but it has five bogey wheels, whereas the ones on this page all have six. It soldiered on with 10th Army in early 1945, then passed into Liguria with the LI Corps, 14th Army and mixed forces also comprising StuH 42s. Hello David, thank you for drawing our attention to this. It saw action near Nancy (Eastern France) and the Ardennes in the winter 1944-45. Thanks Joseph ! Hello Unicornman, This tremendous effort was due to a complete reorganization (by Albert Speer) of the production, spread between other manufacturers like MIAG (in 1943) and many suppliers. Planning a safe retreat path, without obstacles to safely withdraw for refuelling and rearm is also noted. Ausf.A, Sturmegshütz batterie 640, Grossdeutschland infanterie regiment, France, May 1940. SCALE: 28MM - 1/56TH 6 INFANTRY 3 VEHICLES 3 CREW Plastic REQUIRES ASSEMBLY This product is supplied unassembled and unpainted. The main differen… Initially, there was no secondary machine-gun, the tank relying solely on accompanying infantry for close quarter defense, which made sense when its tactical use was first envisioned. In case of a defensive action, StuGs were only to be used as a secondary resource, after the AT guns had been decimated or overrun. F were retrofitte… Ausf.G early type in Dunkelgrau livery, unknown unit, Russia, spring 1943. A. Real foto SG-122 (first modei – A) , 1942. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. was either the stug iii or iv mounted with a 105mm gun? Reorganization of the platoons occurred due to the lack of vehicles (only one StuG per platoon) towards the end of the year. The last six were based on the Panzer III Ausf.G chassis. … Matei, September 1944 During the Balkan campaign, the Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 184, 190 & 191 and 16 were in action together with the Sturmbatterie/Infantrie Regiment “Grossdeutschland” in Greece and Yugoslavia. F to engage most Soviet armors at normal combat ranges. With such a regime, the Abteilung was left with only ten StuGs operational on 10 December, the situation being even worse for other units. Specifications [edit | edit source] Length: 6.85m. According to another report of Hauptmann Markowsky from the III/Panzer-regiment 24, 24th Panzer Division at Krivoi-Rog, the mix of Panzer IV and StuG IIIs also gave excellent results, the StuGs being used like the Panzers, without any form of protection against infantry, and some were detached in the division as an ad-hoc tank-hunter unit. SU-76i, Red Army, Eastern Prussia, late 1944. – Osprey Publishing New Vanguard 037 – Sturmgeschutz III & IV, 1942-45, by Doyle, Jentz, Fuller and Sarson.- A (Sd.Kfz. The Sonderverband 288 deployed four StuG Ausf.Ds (short barrel version), which participated in the Gazala campaign with Kampfgruppe Menton. F/8 models had machine gun shields retro-fitted from early 1943. (* Osprey NV StuG III-IV, page 42). Some vehicles without shot deflectors carried several track pieces wired around the cupola for added protection. By 7 February 1941, the Sturmbatterie Abteilungs were renamed “Sturmgeschütz Abteilungs” with several “Sturmgeschütz batteries”. Ausf.G in Russia, unknown sector, 1943. Capt. The Ausf. The wheeltrain comprised six paired rubberized roadwheels mated on torsion arms, and three double return rollers per side. Others were the StuG Brigade 394 and 243, the SS-StuG.abt.2, the Panzer Jäger Abteilung 130 and the 902 Sturmgeschütz Abteilung. The Norwegian StuGs were kept in service until 1951 and the ten Spanish vehicles until 1954. The StuG on Achtung Panzer G of the StuG III tank destroyer comes with thicker armour of 80 mm in the front glacis and a 75 mm StuK 40 L/48 gun that gives the vehicle's characteristics on par with Panzer IV tank. http://tanki-v-boju.ru/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SU-76I_7.png. It was recalled that only in the case of very close and very strong infantry support should these tanks be used in urban or forested areas. Close cooperation with flame-thrower carrying assault engineers ensured maximal efficiency. Ausf.C/D mit 7.5cm L48 and “pig snout”, or Saukopf mantlet, Laapland, 1945. Reports in September showed that, in general, the StuGs fared extremely well (especially compared to the poor performances of the Tiger, Elefant and Panthers), probably giving the best performance so far in combat for any given German AFV. 10 086 StuG III- and the number of kills. Development took time however, and in the end, twenty-four vehicles were so converted and all delivered in October 1942. I’ve scoured the internet but I rarely find such detailed information, especially on the combat service of some of these vehicles. They were to secure the flanks, like the Panzer IV, of any anti-tank positions, and to prepare the terrain for infantry to follow, destroying fortified positions, especially concrete bunkers. The Sherman Tank Engine Page. -The Ausf.C was only produced for a single month, in April 1941, with 50 vehicles coming out of the factory. Wa Prüef 4 then used this letter to require Rheinmetall to design a new gun with a 770 m/s muzzle velocity (with HE) and penetration of 80 mm/30° (3.15 in) at 1000 m. At first, Rheinmetall considered truncating the towed 7.5 cm Pak 40 L/46, born from similar specs. F/8 and Ausf. Sturmgeschütz crews were artillery men, but considered themselves as an elite, an image reinforced by the propaganda newsreels. The StuG III was based on the obsolete Panzer III, and the Ausf. Required fields are marked *. Several StuGs remained in use in Arab countries as late as 1967, used against Israel in the Six-Day War. B also had the same number of crew members and the same FuG 15 radio. The Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 107 was active with the XIII SS Corps, 1st Army, Army Group G in northern Italy in 1945. An excellent source of information for StuG III fans. Their combat records are unknown. Metal return rollers were also required due to the lack of rubber. F models. The Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. Throughout the evolution of the StuG, this frontal part was up-armored, while the up-gunned version had two kind of mountings, the regular one on the Ausf.F and the “pig nose” for the largely overhauled Ausf.G, which helps distinguish between the two models. Twelve of them were diverted to the battle of Stalingrad with the StuG Abteilung 177, and arrived on 8 November 1942, in order to offer an efficient way to to deal with this urban environment. Ausf.G early type recovered in 2002 from a swamp at Vielike Luki, Russia, previously lost in 1943. Glue and paints not included. They were to be used in the interval between the advanced spearhead and the main body, and only in rare cases on the first line. The engine was the mass-produced, dependable Maybach HL 120 TRM V-12 gasoline, giving around 300 PS (296 hp or 221 kW) and a power/weight ratio of 12.6 hp/tonne, connected to a driving six-speed transmission. This allowed a fully raised position for direct observation, or with the periscopes. A rotating cupola with periscopes was added for the commander for Ausf G. However, from September 1943, lack of ball bearings (resulting from bombing of Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission) forced cupolas to be welded on. Another inconsistency spotted… Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. However, compared results showed the superiority of the Panzer IVs on the offensive. Late Ausf.G, 7th Assault Gun Battery, Hungary 1945. The author takes us on to the Sturmhaubitze III Ausf G, a variant fitted with a 105mm L/28 howitzer. A lot of the older ones are missing the barrels , Noticed the photo of a stuig 33b that has crept in there too…. However, due to numerous production faults, only four batteries (15 vehicles) were sent in France by May 1940. Trials ended in February and production started in March, with 51 deliveries, and 66 in May, before a radical increase. When attacking, their chief targets were enemy AT guns, then fortifications. As breakthrough operations went, the Sturmartillerie Abteilungs only intervened after the breakthrough was done, but right after the first wave of battle tanks, and way before the arrival of tracked artillery and infantry. I have seen photos of a StuG III restored in Moscow that has these side hatches, and also the first return roller is farther back. The Sturmgeschütz IV, was a German assault gun variant of the Panzer IV used in the latter part of the Second World War. Ausf.C from the 192 Sturmgeschutz-Abteilung, Russia, early 1942. At the start of the summer offensive on the Eastern front, there were about 210 Ausf.Fs in operation (18 units). After October, 30 mm (1.18 in) of appliqué armor were bolted on to the front during the production run. On the move, it was considered essential for the StuGs to not run at more than 25 km/h (15.5 mph) with large gaps between vehicles and “leap-frog” their way to the objective, allowing the infantry to catch-up and stay close. 36 in total were made. Revised in 1942, this is raised to seven vehicles, the extra StuG being given to the battalion commander. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. These vehicles were known as Sturm-Infanteriegeschütz 33B. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Ausf.F from the Sturmgeschutz Abteilung 210, Russia, 1942-43. In both cases, never spearheading an assault. Ausf.E from an unknown unit, Eastern front, autumn 1942. StuG III Ausf.G destroyed in Normandy, summer 1944, perhaps in the Falaise Pocket. Up-armored StuG III Ausf.G from an unidentified unit at the third battle of Kharkov, February 1943. What type of Balkenkreuz did the Stug III have in Normandy and did they have any above tank identification markings? However, the German losses were attributed to better AT guns served by skillful crews, mines and even better AT rifles that could penetrate the commander cupola. This need became urgent in June 1941, when anti-tank shells failed to penetrate the armour of new Soviet tanks like the T-34 and KV-1.As an interim solution, it was decided to use captured French vehicle… It was also noted that, by far, engagement in close cooperation with Panzer-grenadiers was the most efficient way to deal with enemy infantry positions, both providing a mutual, almost symbiotic protection that worked wonders. Germans Tanks of ww2. In 1942, a variant of the StuG III Ausf. should be the Sd.Kfz.142 for as far as I know. However, 20 Panzer IVs were complete write-offs compared to only 16 StuGs after 16 days of combat. Also, the picture links are broken again. -The Ausf.F8 StuG III Ausf.G with Saukopf, Eastern Hungary, March 1945. With the arrival of the longer Stu.K. About 1300 vehicles were built by Alkett from March 1943 to March 1945, after an initial delivery of 12 vehicles tested from repaired F and F/8s between the fall of 1942 and January 1943. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. German infantry and a supporting StuG III assault gun during the battle. By that time, limited war experience permeated the document in a few tactical re-adjustments, whereas advances in technology were more present. Only 12 were deployed here, out of the 24 converted. Officially, these were known as TAs, more precisely TAs T3 (to avoid confusion with the Panzer IV, which were named T4s). Check “Links and resources about the StuG III” For maximal “safe” fire, indirect targeting was used, but at the expense of accuracy. Because of its small height, access was easy through the roof’s hatches. It was then shown to Hitler and an optimistic spring 1942 target was set for production. As an indication, an Ausf.D was captured in North Africa crammed with 88 rounds, including 20 HL/As and 35 K.Gr.rot., signalling an increase in tank to tank use. By the 31, the Abteilung 185 lost 6 StuGs in exchange for silencing or capturing 130 artillery pieces, 39 infantry guns, 34 mortars, 79 AT guns, 45 AA guns, 314 MGs, 91 tanks. Firing armor-piercing Panzergranat-Patrone 39, Stuk 40 L/43 could penetrate 91mm of armor inclined 30 degrees from vertical at 500m, 82mm at 1000m, 72mm at 1500m, 63mm at 2000m, allowing Ausf. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B28822 CC-BY-SA 3.0 It was well capable of destroying blockhauses and pillboxes at short, medium or even long ranges when in maximal elevation. StuG III Ausf.G from the Abt. It had been already found, back in World War One, that the Sturmtrüppen lacked an effective way to deal with pillboxes and fortifications on the spot. The Soviet SU-76i self-propelled gun was based on captured StuG III and Panzer III vehicles In total, Factory #37 in Sverdlovsk manufactured 181 SU-76i plus 20 commander SU-76i for Red Army service by adding an enclosed superstructure and the 76.2 mm S-1 tank gun. Later G versions from November 1943, were fitted with the Topfblende pot mantlet (often called Saukopf "Pig's head") gun mantlet without coaxial mount. And for those who really need them, we've got the 'pig's snout' mantlet versions of the StuG III G! The Stug III is the single most produced German armored vehicle of the Second World War. Furthermore, the upper MG 34 was factory-fitted, protected by a squared mask. StuG III Ausf. In October, it was sent back to Jüterborg and disbanded. Personal weapons included, generally, a MP 38 light machine-gun and several P 38 automatic pistols. StuG III & Variants. The commander and gunner’s hatches were of equal size, and hinged to the sides. This cast mantlet with organic shape was more effective at deflecting shots than the original boxy mantlet armor of varying thickness between 45mm and 50mm. By June 1942, with the production rate increasing, 30 mm (1.18 in) appliqué armor was bolted to the lower frontal plate, while the gun was upgraded to the StuK 40 L/48. Also from Nov.1943, all metal return rollers of a few different types were used due to lack of rubber supply. Ausf.G in Helsinki. The casemate itself was 10 mm (0.39 in) thick, with an extra layer of appliqué armor at the front (20 mm/0.79 in), and entirely enclosed except for the rear, to allow easy access to the ammunition. was a smoke round, the Gr.38 Hl/A was the main early High Explosive Anti-Tank round, as well as the /B and /C models. The early 10-speed transmission, which proved troublesome, was replaced by a 6-speed one. It presents the same 75 mm gun as on the early Panzer IVs. Stug III Ausf. Might be a reconstruction based on something else. After the war, the StuGs remained frontline in the Finnish Army until better tanks were provided in the early 1960s. Production data does not lie. StuG III Ausf.G, late type, on the Seelöwe Heights, April 1945 StuG III Ausf.F, Panzer-Abteilung 191, Eastern front, 1942. These versions were known by the Waffenamt as the Sd.Kfz.142. All were lost in combat or captured, while the other half was sent to the 23rd Panzer Division. As of 11:00 a.m. EST 15 February 2007. to include Stug III Bs with corrected Defence Factors They were not survivors, but captured models supplied by the Red Army or damaged and repaired vehicles captured by the Romanian Army. Due to initial production delays, Panzer I, Sd.Kfz.265 recce and Sd.Kfz.111 supply vehicles were used instead. The Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. Careful pre-positioning, camouflage, sufficient frontal arc of vision and firing without warning were all considered essential. The length was 5.4 meters and the weight was about 20,000 kg. Later models were built from StuG III Ausf. The StuGs were best employed to deal with previously unknown enemy positions and nests of resistance, assisting the infantry to carve its way through deep enemy defensive lines, but with a backup of heavy infantry weapons or divisional artillery. Around Leningrad, the Abteilung 226, with its 41 StuGs (including replacements), claimed an impressive score of 221 T-34s and KV-1s among others, for 13 losses. E: StuG III Ausf. In that case, the StuGs were to advance to the shortest distance of fire, helped by their low stature. Made in January–May 1940.First used in Battle of France. Hello there, maybe a silly question but does anyone know which type(s) of Stug where used during Fruhlingserwachen in Hungary 45, and during the battle for Budapest? One was apparently used with the 90th Light Division until the surrender in Tunis. The initial formation helped make observation easier and favored rapid reaction against any spotted AT position. The StuG III appeared in a few variants with earlier ones mounting the StuK 37 L-24 main gun. was a canister, anti-personal shot, the Nbgr.Kw.K. It is equipped with a 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/43 main gun and one 7.92mm MG 34 machine-gun mounted coaxially to the cannon. In detail, the 50 mm (1.97 in) thick driver front plate was inclined to 9°, the hull nose was inclined to 30° and 50°, also 50 mm (1.97 in) thick. Between August to November, Hungary received 40 StuGs to complement the few 43M Zrinyi. It inspired models like the Strv 103. It also lacks a commanders cupola and the taller superstructure extension over the tracks which should be present in a G. Lots of great information here. This resulted in the Kanone 40 7.5 cm L/43, complete with new compact shells. The G variant was the most numerous, with nearly 8 500 manufactured or converted from previous variants. The StuG III had a number of variants with the first being the Ausf. Better accuracy was reached at short range (less than 500 m/550 yd), due to the low velocity of the projectile and possible errors when adjusting the proper arc. https://www.snariad.ru/wp-content/gallery/su-76i/su-76i2.jpg I visited the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage, NY for its Battle of the Bulge commemoration. However, with this cannon combine… – Osprey Publishing New Vanguard 019 – Sturmgeschutz III, 1940-42, by Doyle, Jentz and Sarson. Formed in January 1944, the Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 907 was already sent in Italy, reinforced in Ferentino, and soldiered at Anzio and Monte Cassino. He had a fixed sight slit in the superstructure left wall, but was blind on the right. After that, with the cold sitting down, problems started appearing with the starters, broken torsion bars and broken or torn tracks. The muzzle brake was often omitted due to the scarcity of resources later in the war. The Shadocks document detailing surviving German assault guns These were captured by Partisans and used sometimes on both sides (Ustachis alike). Efficient communication had to be ensured to allow a rapid redeployment of the Abteilung in support of various units inside the Division. 130 Hetzers were also given in addition, to equip the newly form battalions. Where do you guys find so much information on this subject? “Grossdeutschland”, destroyed 43 T-34/76s at the Battle for Borissovka (March, 14, 1943). Due to the inadequacy of Spanish tanks in modern warfare, Franco’s Azul Division was given German Panzer IV E/F8 medium tanks, grouped inside the Tank Hunter Battalion 250. Exhau… This unit attacked Villiers and met heavy resistance from an entrenched French cavalry unit. Late StuH 42 without the muzzle brake, one of the few produced in early 1945. Ausf.G, 3rd Company, 302nd Panzer Abteilung, Warsaw uprising, September 1944. Results were attributed to excellent training, experience and concentration on the German side. The first action came for the 16th Sturmbatterie, with the Grossdeutschland division under Gen. Guderian’s command, during the Sedan breakthrough. In February 1945 it was based in Liguria. Compared with previous models, the Ausf. The main superstructure was simplified. They were nearly identical to the Ausf.A, if not for the slightly larger tracks (380 mm instead of 360 mm). Variants [edit | edit source] Variants of the StuG include: StuG IV: Externally similar to the StuG III, this was built on the chassis of a PzKpfW. IV; StuK III: The Stu rmkanone II I was built as a mobile howitzer, and thus had a larger 105mm cannon used for indirect fire support. StuG III Ausf.G at Laba, Germany, 1945. Other than that, it was very similar to the Ausf. Although quite underrated by Allied intelligence during WW2 and still somewhat underestimated today, the StuG III was, nonetheless, the most produced tracked German AFV during the conflict. Hungarian StuG Ausf.G late type of the 7th Assault Gun Battalion, 1944-45. Due to dwindling supply of rubber, rubber saving road wheels were tested during 8–14 November 1942, but did not see production. F chassis with its most notable difference being the addition of an L/28 howitzer for its main gun. This was an imperative condition, because if the StuGs were left to simultaneously engage a great number of targets at diverse azimuths, especially on a muddy/snowy terrain, that imposed frequent turns of the chassis and overtaxed the transmission, causing even more breakdowns. By 1943, it was producing the Ausf.G/H, while Alkett’s Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G (the best version) was barely entering service on the Eastern Front. It is stated that it can be used on the battlefield in the same way as the Panzer IV, and could deal even more successfully with AT guns due to its low profile and thick frontal armor. Some were later retrofitted with side skirt armor. He was awarded, on 10 May 1943, the Knight’s Cross. I have a question about StuG IIIs. In 1943, 10 StuG IIIs were converted to StuG III (Flamm) configuration by replacing the main gun with a Schwade flamethrower. Thank you for the photos! The main gun was unchanged, but characterized by its cast rounded topfblende pot mantlet after November 1943. The engine could be accessed through two large two-piece and two smaller one-piece hatches on the rear deck. The culprit was the snow that, mixed with mud and gravels, froze up each night. Ausf.D Sonderverband 288, Deutsche Afrika Korps, 1942. It had Ausf.Gs, as well as a few StuH 42s. The tracks were made of mild steel and identical to the Panzer III model. Due to its availability, the StuG was used on every single front the Wehrmacht was committed to, from the shores of France and Norway to the Volga in the east, and Africa from the gates of Egypt to the Tunisian hills, and it was also generously distributed along Germany’s allies. Until the end of the war, numerous “field” modifications appeared, as older Ausf.C/Ds were retrofitted with the long KwK 40 L/48 gun, vehicles were repaired and fitted with the Panzer IV cupola, coaxial MG 34s were fitted and some vehicles even had their front supestructure cement-plastered for added protection, while saving steel. B. The gun was the new 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/43. I didn’t find a sources/ references section anywhere, however. Photos of these are even rarer and did not help to determine their location or type. StuH 42 of the early Ausf.G type, with spaced armor, Russia 1944. The gunner had a Sfl.ZF periscopic gun sight at his disposal, with an aperture on the superstructure front. It was then known as the Fallschirm-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 210. The easiest way to tell a StuG III from a Stug IV is to count them number of road wheels. The edition of 1942, due to the improvements in shaped-charge rounds, states that this anti-tank rôle should be plainly approved. These claims only concerned irreversible losses, like hulls left burning or blatantly destroyed and not lightly damaged tanks that barely lost a track or had a damaged drivetrain. With less refined optics, a high silhouette and poor cooperation with infantry, they were found less efficient in every way. The loader's machine gun shield was later replaced by rotating machine gun mount that could be operated by the loader inside the vehicle sighting through a periscope. As early as 1941, the StuG III chassis was chosen to carry the heavy 15 cm sIG 33 howitzer for close infantry support. These chassis were all refurbished at the depot level and were a variety of pre-Ausf. Their career as support tanks spanned for longer, but they were found efficient against lightly armored vehicles even with HE rounds. In 1942, a variant of the Ausf.F received a 4.1 in (105 mm) howitzer under the ordnance name Sturmhaubitze 42, Sd.Kfz.142/2. In fighting withdrawal, StuGs were allotted to infantry units and could be used in rear guard actions in support of tanks. Hauptmann Peter Franz, another “Knights Crosser” with the Stug.Abt. The unit was first blooded in October 1941, but the tanks soldiered on until February. It had to be adapted to be fitted in the StuG casemate, posed recoil problems (90 cm were required) and the rounds were too long (969 mm long). However, these units were rarely put under the command of an artillery commander. I have noticed an error in the section of the North Africa campaign. StuGs were a rarity in North Africa, contrary to other theaters of operations. Lieutenant Walther Oberloskamp, Zugführer (platoon leader) in the Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 667, proudly showing his 40 victory rings on his personal StuG III. Helped by the flat landscape, the onboard 30-watt radio proved invaluable, with an effective range of 150 km, although sometimes 200 km and more were attained. The HEAT rounds, especially useful due to the gun’s low velocity (385 m/s), were capable of defeating between 39 and 41 mm (1.54-1.61 in) of armor between 100 and 500 m (110-550 yd), whereas at 2000 m (1.24 mi) it fell to 30 mm (1.18 in) with low hit probability. It was also noted that the lack of suitable protection for the machine-gun was critical when assaulting enemy infantry positions, due to AT rifle fire. This information is further complimented at the back of the book by a set of 1/35 plans showing selected variations. The Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 247 was formed in March 1943, served in Italy and later Sardinia, then Corsica. The rôle of infantry is especially crucial when dealing with possible side and rear enemy infantry attacks. These new vehicles, designated StuH 42 (Sturmhaubitze 42, Sd.Kfz 142/2), were designed to provide infantry support with the increased number of StuG III Ausf. Read more about this topic:  Sturmgeschütz III, “Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.”—Eric Hoffer (1902–1983). By June 1944, the 2nd Hungarian Armored Division received 10 StuG III Gs of the late type. G (or StuG III G) is a rank II German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB) and 4.0 (RB/SB). It attacked the following day towards Mellier, and nullified an enemy infantry unit in the direction of Suxy. Reading the Pen Charts from OOTCOR-Terminal Ballistic Data V.III; The Links Page: An easier to find place for Links. It was an adaptation of the 7,5 cm KwK L/24 tank gun originally designed for the Panzer IV. It was simply an upgrade of the C on the production line. Among the units which served there was the StuG Brigade 341, which fought at Brecey, Southern Avranches/Pontaubault in late July and Chartres in August. There was, however, a dip in effective deliveries due to the shortage of Maybach HL 120 TRM engines, which were being sent as replacements to the Eastern front depots. Bombing raids on Alkett factory resulted in significant drops in StuG III production in November 1943. The very roots of the Sturmgeschütz (“assault gun”) could be found within Von Manstein’s “Sturmartillerie” concept. It highlights how initial production was no more than a mere handful of vehicles, whereas by the end of 1944, one month’s output … When the situation was desperate, 55 early type StuG III Ausf.Gs were sent to the Bulgarian ally, between February and December 1943, forming the bulk of the Bulgarian Armoured Division, along with Panzer IVs. It could be only “infrequently” used as divisional artillery if the supplies allowed it. The Ausführung G stood apart from the other production versions. It was already too little too late. There was no way at the time to bring to bear a stan… StuG III Ausf.B of an unidentified Panzergrenadier unit, Balkans, April 1941. This new disposition was operational for the start of Operation Barbarossa for all but a few Sturmbatteries. Ausf.G of the Panzer Abteilung 301, Normandy, France, 1944. it would be nice if they were moved to the right so they can be seen better. Finnish StuG III Sturmi, 1944. A very thorough Russian article about the StuG. D: StuG III Ausf. The new Pz IIIs include the oft-requested short 50mm L/42 version, as well as a Flammpanzer variant too. Otherwise it was folded down, the binocular being strapped on the left wall. Tank Encyclopedia's Creator, webmaster and illustrator since 2010. The first reports of these engagements written by infantry officers were dithyrambic and the StuG secured its place into the Wehrmacht arsenal. This vehicle was introduced in Update 1.43. Only StuGs and StuHs. A was a german assault gun used for infantry support by Wermacht. The hull was characterized by towing hook holes extended from the side walls. There was no coaxial mount, and the mantlet was 45 mm to 50 mm (1.77-1.97 in) thick. These new vehicles, designated StuH 42 (Sturmhaubitze 42, Sd.Kfz 142/2), were designed to provide infantry support with the increased number of StuG III … Krupp prepared the drawing number W1468 in February 1943, combining a remodeled superstructure from the StuG III Ausf.F with the ninth chassis version of the Pa… Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Gepanzerte Selbfahrlafette für Sturmegschütz 7,5 cm Kanone (Sd.Kfz.42) It was born inside Krupp’s factory walls in the shadow of the successful StuG III. Please check the images. Thanks again! The manual states that the firing positions must be chosen with care, and well camouflaged to hide them from ground, but also air observation. In attack, Sturm. In the first paragraph, I believe it should read “…the most produced tracked German AFV during the conflict.” This being on account of the Sd.Kfz. StuH 42s were used by the FschPzDiv “Hermann Goering” in 1944, and the Ausf.Gs of the 15th Panzer Grenadier Division served in Sicily in the fall of 1943 and Italy in 1944. This model was known as the Sturmeschütz IV and overall 1140 were built, using a modified StuG III superstructure. Abt. The total weight of the StuH was around 21,780 kg and the total length of the 6.… Early Ausf.G in Tunisia, February 1943. The engine/fighting compartment rear wall was strengthened, the ventilation fan relocated further back and appliqué armor was standardized. After the Germans encountered the Soviet KV-1 and T-34 tanks, the StuG III was equipped with a high-velocity 75 mm StuK 40 L/43 main gun (Spring 1942) and later, the 75 mm StuK 40 L/48 (Autumn 1942) anti-tank gun. But the unit was afterwards convoyed back to Spain, so battle records are unknown for these. -The Ausf.E replaced the previous version on the production line, with 284 delivered until February 1942. StuG III Ausf.G, Kursk, summer 1943. This change marked the StuG as being more of a tank destroyer than an infantry support vehicle. Ausf.B, Russia, winter 1941-42. Hi David the stug III ausf b and c was not also used in the Polish campaign in 1939? It was a late reversion to the close infantry support rôle, but with a more modern chassis, as more Ausf.F/8s (long) and Ausf.Gs were used for the antitank rôle. Woah I’m blind, how did I not notice that that. Due to their lack of vision, close infantry cooperation was required to prevent any encounter with obstacles and mines. The Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 242 was transferred in Italy in May 1943 and served later with the OB Süd reserve, based in Liguria in 1945. It was armed, from the beginning, with the new 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48, which could defeat 96 mm (3.78 in) of angled armor at 500 m, and 85 mm (3.35 in) at 1000 m (30° slope). 142; January 1940-May 1940, 30+20 produced): First used in the Battle of France, the StuG III... StuG III Ausf. Their operational use however is dubious, as no report stated their use in combat and in 1944 they were returned to the depot. The 15 cm howitzer was the same already used on a Panzer I chassis in 1940, and the Panzer II based “15 cm sIG 33 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf)” in North Africa. The Sturmartillerie Abteilung, or StuG battalion, comprised a headquarter and three Sturmbatteries, each with six vehicles (three platoons of two StuGs). Only a handful (10) were so converted, but the conversion process did not go further, the result being judged unsatisfactory and hard to maintain. The German vehicles were allocated to tank hunter battalions of three batteries each with 10 vehicles. The penetration figures decreasing with range are also indicative of a non hollow charge round. By February 1944 the former Abteilungen were renamed Sturmgeschütz brigades, 31 vehicles strong each, whereas the Special Brigades 259, 278, 303 and 341 were authorized to have a total of 45 tanks each (14 per battery). Your email address will not be published. The manual made it clear that it is questionable to use StuGs for battery tasks on fixed targets, that could be instead disposed of by divisional artillery. The Sturmgeschütz (StuG) III was a well-armed and armoured vehicle based on the tried and tested Pz.Kpfw III chassis. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. But, in the 1942 revision, the total allocated for smoke rounds was reduced to 10% of the total. Soviet captured late Ausf.G in Bohemia, April 1945 L/40, penetrating ability of the rounds was improved, and a battery of tests followed. was an armor piercing capped shell, the Kt.Kw.K. To make up for the loss of production, Krupp displayed a substitution StuG on Panzer IV chassis to Hitler on 16–17 December 1943. The idler was also new. 100 StuGs were delivered in the autumn of 1943 to bolster the Romanian defense, after the crippling losses following the battle around Stalingrad. In total, 366 were produced until September 1942. This was reflected in a very diverse ammo supply. The 1st and 10th were equipped with Zrinyis, and the 1st battalion (7th) was equipped with StuGs and the remainder with Hetzers. Ball bearings were once again installed from August 1944. It is recalled that due to its nature, infantry support was the vehicle’s chief rôle, with the accompanying morale effect. Favorable report lead to installation of these "remote" machine gun mounts from the summer of 1944. But, after the introduction of the HL/A & B, the numbers supplied to frontline units steadily grew. Panzer Profiles: First Panzers 1917-1918: A7V Sturmpanzerwagen; A7V/U Sturmpanzerwagen; A7V/U2 & A7V/U3 Sturmpanzerwagen; K-Wagen / Grosskampfwagen; Leichte Kampfwagen I, II & III In any case, fording was preferable whenever possible. Here are the extended specs for the Ausf.D (1941). The remaining 12 vehicles were assigned to 23rd Panzer Division. In addition, a removable double chamber muzzle brake with four side ports was added to reduce recoil. Ausf.G, unknown unit, Eastern Front, 1944-45 There were two small two-piece hatches for the driver at the front, two larger two-pieces hatches for the crew on the casemate rear, and open space at the left for the commander’s periscope. -The Ausf.F was an all-out improvement dictated by war experience against Russian tanks and the urgent need for high velocity guns on every platform available. But a revolution was brewing, as the new F series was intended to carry the long barrel Stu.K.40 L/43. The Soviets used a few captured units, with specific paintings and large spotting markings. Nearly identical to previous versions, they had the main gunner’s forward view port eliminated (it was seen as a shot trap) and replaced by a relocated periscope in the front left of the casemate. By June 1944, this mantlet was in short supply and the traditional trapezoid-shape mantlet reappeared alongside. These were rapidly deployed and fought hard in Hungary in 1945, the survivors being kept into service until the mid-1950s. Ausf.G early type in Italy, 1944. http://tanki-v-boju.ru/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SU-76I_4.png It is mentioned that initially arrived three vehicles of which two were lost, and then two others are mentioned, which does not match the information given at first. Eventually, a fourth type was introduced, with increased efficiency against armor, thanks to the shaped charge principle. During the production a rainguard was fitted for the driver (February 1939), the fake periscope housing on the turret roof was dropped (1939), a vision port on the right side of the hull for the radio operator was added (October 1939) and the headlights were fitted with covers (December 1939). At first, two self-propelled gun battalions were created (Sofia and Plovdiv). By November 1942, 448 Ausf.F/Gs served with 22 units. In defense, they were also in their element. The first were delivered in September 1939 and the whole series completed in April 1940. The story behind the StuG IV is somewhat chaotic. It was, in essence, the main production run for the entire StuG series, with more than 8400 rolling of the line from December 1942 to April 1945, equivalent to the total production of all Panzer IV types combined. http://war.autopavara.lt/images/9/4.122.jpg The superstructure and hull sides were 30 mm (1.18 in) thick, vertical, while the tail plates, also 30 mm (1.18 in), were inclined at 10 and 30°. Ausf.F8, Normandy, summer 1944. There was even a Soviet model built on captured StuG III and Panzer III chassis’ (chiefly at Stalingrad), called the SU-76i, and armed with a Soviet 76.2 mm (3 in) S-1 AT gun, with added protection. Manned by the artillery originally, as it wa The seat was hinged on the left wall and could be folded out of the way. In fact, the attrition rate was mostly attributed to breakdowns. 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