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Germany's Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette für Sturmgeschütz 7.5 cm Kanone Ausf D; Sturmgeschütz III Ausf D, SdKfz 142

Design

Very similar to the StuG III Ausf A with some minor chassis variations.2 Was built on the PzKpfw III Ausf H chassis.2

New superstructure was main change. The gunner's direct vision sight was eliminated. The gunner's hatch was redesigned so that the gun sight could be raised beside it while the hatch remained closed. Some of the StuG III Ausf Ds were modified to be a commander's vehicle by adding a pannier to the right side of the superstructure.

Usage

3 StuG III Ausf Ds were sent to North Africa in the Sonderverband (Detachment for Special Employment 288) in early 1942.

Specifications

  StuG III Ausf D
Crew 41
Radio FuG151, FuG161
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 20.2 tons1
Length 5.4 m1
Height 1.98 m1
Width 2.93 m1
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament (mm)  
Main 75 mm StuK37 L/241
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 441
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@10°1
Mantlet: 50@15°1
Hull Front, Lower 50@21°1
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°1 + 9@30°1
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°1
Hull Rear 30@30°1 + 10°1
Hull Top 11@78-90°1 @ 17@85°1
Hull Bottom 16@90°1
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM1
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Pre-selective.
6 forward, 1 reverse.1
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 12° left, 12° right, hand.1
Speed - Road 40 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 160 km1
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -10° to +20°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site