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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's StuG 40; Sturmgeschütz 40; 7.5cm Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausf G (Saukopf), SdKfz 142/1:

Photos

Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausf G self propelled gun:
Germany's Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausf G self propelled gun
Bundesarchiv, Koblenz

Design

The StuG 40 Ausf G was the last of the StuG IIIs to be manufactured.

The mantle on for the gun was called a Saukopfblende or Saukopf (pig's head).

In late models the machine gun on the roof was remote controlled.

Specifications

  StuG 40
Crew 4
Commander, gunner, loader/radio operator, driver
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 52,700 lb
24.5 tons
Length w/gun 22' 5.5"
Length w/o gun 17' 9.5"
Height 7'
Width 9' 8"
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 15.25"
Ground contact length 112"
Ground pressure 14.7 psi
Armament (mm)  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 22: AP; 27: HE; 5 Smoke
Secondary  
MG 600
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 53 to 71 at 15°
Hull Front, Lower 81 at 52°
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 51 at 23°
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom 16@90°
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh, 6 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 82 gallons
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 25 mph, 24.9 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius 19'
Elevation limits -6° to +17°
Fording depth 2' 9"
Trench crossing 8' 6"
Vertical obstacle 2'
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Torsion Bar
Wheels each side 6x2
Return rollers each side 3x2
Tracks (Type)  
Length 9' 2.5"
Width 8' 2.5"
Width of link 1' 3.75"
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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