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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/34 851(i), Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/46 852(i)

Design

When the Italian government surrendered to the Allies the Germans confiscated many of their weapons or took over the factories.

Production

  • Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/34 851(i): 291
  • Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/46 852(i): 111
  • Production: 1944 - 19451

Specifications

  Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/34 851(i),
Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/46 852(i)
Crew 31
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 16 tons1
Length 5.97 m1
Height 1.74 m1
Width 2.45 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm StuK 75/34(i) L/341
OR 75 mm StuK 75/46(i) L/461
Secondary  
MG 8 mm MG38(i)1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 431
Secondary  
MG 8641
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 25@20°1+75@0°1
Mantlet: 50 round1
Hull Front, Lower 50@55°1
Hull Sides, Upper 15@0°1+45@15°1
Hull Sides, Lower 15+25@0°1
Hull Rear 25@0°1 & 25@13.5°1
Hull Top 15@86°1 & 15@90°1
Hull Bottom 15@90°1
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) 15 TB1
Cylinders V-81
Net HP 185@2,400 rpm1
Transmission 5 forward, 1 reverse.1
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 18° left, 18° right1
Speed - Road 38 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 180 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -10° to +20°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site