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Germany's 7.5 cm Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausf G; Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G; Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausführung G; StuG III Ausf G für StuK 40 L/48; SdKfz 142/1

Photos

Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G self propelled gun:
Germany's Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G self propelled gun
Tank Museum, Bovington

Dragon Armor
60304:
t Armor 60304, German StuG III Ausf G

60312:
Dragon 1/72 Diecast Armor 60312, German StuG III Ausf G
60318:
Dragon Armor 1/72 Diecast Armor 60318, German StuG III Ausf G

60368:
Dragon Armor 1/72 scale, 60368, German StuG III Ausf G Early Production, Bodo Spranz, Dragon Expo 2008, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237 Eastern Front 1943

Design

Started to appear in late 1942 and was based on the PzKpfw III Ausf J chassis.

Early models had bolted on supplemental armor on the front, with later models having it welded. Later models had the driver's binocular vision device removed. Late models had the ventilator mounted on the rear wall of the superstructure, whereas the early models had it mounted in the roof.

A new commander cupola with 8 periscopes was added. A folding shield for the machine gun was installed in front of the loader's hatch on the roof.

Superstructure

The sides of the superstructure were slanted and slanted plates were installed to protect the panniers. Most had Schürzen installed to protect against hollow charged weapons. Some also had Zimmerit paint to help against magnetic mines.

Armament

The 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 gun included a muzzle brake.

The coaxial machine gun wasn't added until early 1944. In late spring 1944 a Nahverteidigungswaffe (close-in defense weapon) and a remote controlled machine gun in the roof was added.

Identifying

Had commander's cupola with 7 episcopes. No box shaped projections on the sides of the superstructure. 165 PzKpfw III Ausf M chassis were used for the StuG Ausf G and 173 PzKpfw III that were returned for overhaul during 1944 were converted as well.

Production

Hitler wanted 220 built every month by June 1943. He then raised it to 300 per month in 1944. These goals were exceeded by the factories.

Variants

  • Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G:
  • Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausführung G with Saukopfblende: In February 1944 the Saukopf (pigs head) mantlet was being used. Had Schürzen, and most with Zimmerit, installed at the factory.
  • Munitionspanzer auf Fahrgestell Sturmgeschütz III Ausf G: In 1944 and 1945 some StuGs were field converted in to ammunition carriers by removing the main armament and using an armor plate over the aperture.

Usage

Vehicles issued to Funklenk Kompanien (Remote Control Companies) had an additional radio aerial installed on the left front of the fighting compartment.

Specifications

  StuG III Ausf G,
StuG 40 Ausf G
Crew 4
Radio FuG15
OR FuG16
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 53,020 lb
23.52 tons, 23.9 tons, 24 tons
23,900 kg, 24,100 kg
Length 20' 7", 22' 2.5"
6.77 m
Height 6' 7", 7' 1"
2.16 m
Width 9', 9' 8.1"
2.95 m
Ostkette: 3.33 m
Schürzen: 3.41 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.39 m
Ground contact length 2.86 m
Ground pressure 1.04 (kg/cm2)
Armament (mm)  
Main 1: 75 mm StuK 40 L/48
1: 75 mm
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.92 mm MG
2: 7.92 mm MG34
1: 7.92 mm MG34
1: MG 34
OR 7.92 mm MG42
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 54
Secondary  
MG 600
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 16 - 80, 50
Front: 50, 80
Side: 30
Rear: 20, 30
Hull Front, Upper 50+30 or 80@10°
Mantlet: 50 or 50+30@0°
50+30
Hull Front, Lower 50+30 or 80@21°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@11°
Mantlet: 30@17°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 30@0° & 50@10°
Hull Top 11-17@75° to 90°
Mantlet: 30@90°
Hull Bottom 16@90°
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders V-12
Capacity  
Net HP 300@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 310 liters
Road consumption 100 km/184 liters
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 10° left, 10° right, hand.
Speed - Road 25 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 93.6 miles, 97 miles
155 km
Range - Cross Country 95 km
Turning radius 5.85 m
Elevation limits -6° to +20°, -5° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 8"
0.8 m
Trench crossing 8' 6"
2.3 m, 2.59 m
Vertical obstacle 2'
0.6 m
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Torsion Bar
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length 93 links
Width 0.4 m
Width of link  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 2.51 m

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. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  3. Sturmgeschütz 40 (L/43 & L/48) The Long Gun Versions, Horst Scheibert, 1991
  4. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
  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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