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Germany's Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette für Sturmgeschütz 7.5 cm Sturmkanone 40 Ausf F; Sturmgeschütz III Ausf F; StuG 40 Ausf F; Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausführung F; 7.5cm Sturmgeschütz 40, Ausf F; SdKfz 142/1

Design

Adolf Hitler had ordered the StuG III Ausf F to be developed so that the German Wehrmacht would retain superiority over the Soviet KV-1s and T-34s.

Chassis

The chassis was similar to the StuG III Ausf E.

Superstructure

An additional exhaust fan was installed in the roof to remove gun fumes. Early in production the superstructure was modified to improve protection.

The mantlet was changed to make room for the larger recoil of the 7.5 cm gun.

Main Armament

Was introduced in early 1942 with the 7.5cm StuK 40 L/43. The 75 mm gun fired a 15 lb HE with a muzzle velocity of 2,461'/sec to a range of 7,767 yards.

Usually had rounded muzzle brake.

Production

Production started in March 1942 and in June 1942, 182 had Zusatz Panzerung (additional armor) added. 31 had the L/48 gun installed.

  • StuG III Ausf F:
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz

Usage

It was primarily issued as replacements. Was issued to the newly formed F Skl Kp 312, 313, and 314 (Remote Controlled Demolition Units) and to the Sturmgeschütz units of the Herman Göring Division.

Specifications

  StuG III Ausf F,
StuG 40 Ausf F
Crew 4
Radio FuG15, FuG16
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 47,960 lb
21,800 kg
21.6 tons, 25.6 tons
Length 18', 19' 2"
6.31 m
Height 6' 7", 7.1'
2.15 m
Width 8' 11", 9.7'
2.92 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 15.75"
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 14.5 psi
Armament (mm)  
Main 75 mm StuK 40 L/43
OR 1: 75 mm StuK 40 L/48
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 44, 54
Secondary  
MG 600
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 11 - 50
Front: 2"+1.2"
Side: 1.2"
Hull Front, Upper 50 or 50+30@10°
Mantlet: 50@0°
Hull Front, Lower 50 or 50+30@21°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@10°
Mantlet: 30@17°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 30@30° & 30@30° + 10°
Hull Top 11@78° to 90° & 17@85°
Mantlet: 30@90°
Hull Bottom 16@90°
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke 4 cycles
Cooling Water
Cylinders V-12
Capacity  
Net HP 300@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.5:1
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh
6 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Clutch brake
Steering ratio  
Starter Hand inertia and electric
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt
Normal: 12-volt
Ignition Magento
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 82 gallon
Road consumption 1.7 mpg
Cross country consumption 0.7 mpg
Performance  
Traverse 10° left, 10° right, hand., 20°
Speed - Road 25 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country 15 mph
Range - Road 92 miles, 96 miles
140 km
Range - Cross Country 59 miles
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -6° to +17°, -6° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 8", 2' 11.4"
0.8 m
Trench crossing 7.6', 8' 6"
2.59 m
Vertical obstacle 2', 2' 11.6"
0.6 m
Climbing ability 30° (57%) slope
Suspension (Type) Torsion bars
Wheels each side 6
Return rollers each side 3
Tracks (Type) Dry pin
Length  
Width  
Width of link  
Diameter  
Number of links 92
Pitch 4.7"
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H. L. Doyle, 1973
  2. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  3. Tank Data, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, 1968?
  4. Sturmgeschütz 40 (L/43 & L/48) The Long Gun Versions, Horst Scheibert, 1991
  5. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  6. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
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