The StuG: A new concept in warfare
One of only a handful of the brand new StuG III to see service in the West, this dusty StuG III Ausf. A shows the scars of combat on its frontal armour. By the size of the holes, possibly an anti-tank rifle. Location unknown, May/June 1940.
In May of 1940, during Operation ‘Fall Gelb’, a new concept made his debut on the battlefield: The Sturmartillerie (Assault Artillery). The Germans called it the Sturmgeschütz (literally Assault Gun), or StuG for shorts. In its early versions it was designed specifically to help infantry deal with hard points such as bunkers, mg nests and fortified positions. Its low silhouette, 50 mm of frontal armour, and 75mm low velocity gun packing HE rounds made it a formidable opponent against any infantry position.
The first StuG to enter combat belonged to 16.Sturmbatterie, assigned to the ‘Großdeutschland’ Infanterie-Regiment. On the 10th of May, at the French village of Villers, 20 miles west from Luxembourg, II.Batallion found the place occupied by French cavalry. The French stood their ground and a heated firefight followed. In the meantime, I.Batallion, with the Sturmbatterie attached, arrived at the scene. The call was heard for the first time: ‘Sturmbatterie to the front!’ The action, partially transcribed: ‘The third platoon dashed forward; its leader, Lt. Franz standing erect in the turret of his command vehicle, followed closely by StuG Nr.5 and 6. The platoon found no resistance until arriving at the center of town where it received heavy mg fire. The platoon leader answered this fire with his MP (machine-pistol). Two rounds from each of the StuG silenced the machine guns.’ (Osprey’s New Vanguard 19). #war #ww2 #worldwar #worldwartwo #worldwar2 #color #colorful #stug #assaultgun #tank #tanks #german #Germany