Sturmgeschütz III / Stug III
German assault gun
In picture a Finnish assault gun battalion's convoy in Enso, June 1944.
Stug III was German's most made armored vehicle during Second World War. It was made on Panzer III's hull and modified to serve as mobile artillery support to infantry. However Stug III started to serve as anti tank vehicle. In total, about 10 500 Stugs were made during Second World War.
Not having a rotating turret on hull made Stug III's profile quite low and it was easy to conceal in nature. Stationary cannon on hull was also effective way to save money. Making rotating turret on tank was really expensive. At first Stug used low velocity 75mm fragmentation grenade against infantry. On eastern front Stugs met Soviet T-34 tanks and Germans noticed that Stug's weaponry must be improved. New main gun was 75mm Stuk 40 L/43 with longer shell and barrel was twice as long that former barrel was. This new main gun was suitable for anti tank purposes.
Finns bought Stugs for their use against Soviets. They were famous for their low cost and durability in Finland's terrain. Finland bought 59 Stugs between years 1943 and 1944. Stugs in Finland gained nickname "Sturmi" and served in Finland until 1966.
Service time: 1936 - 1945 (In Germany)
Weight: 23 900kg (when battle ready)
Length: 6'7m (barrel included)
Top speed: 40km/h (on road)
Operation range: 150km
Engine: Maybach HL120 V12
Engine power: 300hp
Weaponry: 75mm Stuk
2x mg34 machineguns
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