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

Design

Produced in 1942.

An armored pannier was added to right side of superstructure. It was to carry extra radio gear when it was to be used as a Zugführerwagen (unit commander's vehicles). The panniers are longer than the ones on previous models.

The 9mm armored plates on the sides were discontinued. Smaller hinges were installed on the glacis hatches. An MG was added internally. When it was needed to be used the MG had to be brought out and fired by an exposed crewman.

Production

Originally 500 were to be produced, but production was cut short when the long StuK 40 was introduced. One chassis was used for the StuH prototype and 12 chassis were used for the StuIG33B.

Specifications

  StuG III Ausf E
Crew 4
Radio FuG15, FuG16
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 52,690 lb
23,900 kg
20.8 tons
Length 22' 2.5"
5.4 m, 6.77 m
Height 7' 1"
1.98 m, 2.16 m
Width 9' 8"
2.93 m, 2.95 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament (mm)  
Main 75 mm StuK37 L/24
75 mm L/24
Secondary  
MG MG34 or MG42, internal
7.92 mm MG34
2: 7.92 mm MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG 600
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@10°
Mantlet: 50@15°
Hull Front, Lower 50@21°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 30@30° + 10°
Hull Top 11@78-90° @ 17@85°
Hull Bottom 16@90°
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Maybach
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders V-12
Capacity  
Net HP 265
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Pre-selective.
6 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 12° left, 12° right, hand.
Speed - Road 24.85 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road

102 miles
160 km, 165 km

Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -10° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 7.5"
0.8 m
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. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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