Two early Sturmgeschutz III Auf. B (SdKfz 142) in an unknown location, probably Russia during the early stages of Barbarrosa, 1941.
Often erroneously called a tank, the Sturmgeschutz (Assault Gun) was in fact a self-propelled gun that made its debut during the invasion of France and the Low Countries in May, 1940. With its low silhouette and powerful 75mm infantry gun the StuG III excelled in dealing with hard points such as bunkers and MG nests.
With the appearance of the Soviet T-34 in 1941, the Germans found themselves hopelessly outgunned and outclassed in terms of armor, and until a solution could be found, the StuG III with its short barreled 75mm gun, saw itself being used as an anti-tank weapon. A daunting task given that, due the low muzzle velocity of its gun, the StuG and its crew had to get dangerously close to the T-34 for a killing shot. As the war progressed the StuG III's role in the battlefield changed from offensive infantry support to defensive anti-tank, a role to which was by then well equipped for with its long barreled 75mm StuK L/43 or L/48, the same gun that equipped the PzKpfw IV.
With more than 9000 built, the StuG III was the armoured fighting vehicle produced in greater numbers by Germany during the war. (Photo source - Bundesarchiv)
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