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Germany's Sturmgeschütz IV (SdKfz 167); Sturmgeschütz IV L/48 (7.5cm StuK 40); StuG IV für 7.5cm StuK 40

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Design

It was an interim design until Jagdpanzer IV could begin production. Also the Alkett factory's production had been disrupted by bombing so Krupp was asked in December 1943 to produce the StuG IV. Driver's section was modified to have an access hatch and 2 periscopes in an armored cab.

Chassis

On December 6, 1943, Hitler ordered the StuG III superstructure fitted to the PzKpfw IV chassis. Built on PzKpfw IV Ausf G and PzKpfw IV Ausf H chassis.

Defense

Some models had 6" of concrete added to the superstructure front. The cast Saukopfblende mantlet was introduced in February 1944.

A Nähverteidigungsgerät (close defense weapon) was also installed.

Armament

In the summer of 1944 the external machine gun was replaced by a remote controlled machine gun.

Production

  • Sturmgeschütz IV: 1,000
    • Production: 1943 - ?

Usage

Was issued to independent StuG brigades of artillery and assault gun detachments.

Specifications

  Sturmgeschütz IV, StuG IV
Crew Commander, gunner, loader/radio operator, driver
4
Radio FuG15
OR FuG16
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 53,350 lb
23 tons
Length 18' 4"
6.7 m
Height 7' 0.5"
2.2 m
Width 9' 8"
2.95 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 1' 3"
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament (mm)  
Main 7.5cm StuK 40
75 mm StuK 40 L/48
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG34
MG - hull 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 36, 63
Secondary  
MG 600
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 80@10°
Hull Front, Lower 80@14°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@11°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 30@0° & 20@10°
Hull Top 11@75°-90°
Hull Bottom 10@90°
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM, Maybach HL 120 TRM 112
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 10° left, 10° right, hand.
Speed - Road 25 mph
38 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 105 miles
210 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -6° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 7"
Trench crossing 8' 6"
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Torsion Bar
Wheels each side 8x2
Return rollers each side 4x2
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Width of link 1' 4"
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
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