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« Reply #17445 on: 02-08-2020, 06:08:37 »


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« Reply #17446 on: 03-08-2020, 07:08:36 »


StuG.Brig. 249 in Ukraine, March 1944.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #17447 on: 03-08-2020, 13:08:47 »
Wow, great photo. T-34 tracks on front. Looks like concrete extra protection on top hull. Is that a 105mm gun? Maybe a StuH?

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« Reply #17448 on: 03-08-2020, 15:08:18 »
Yes, that's StuH 42 from early 1944 production line with a generous layer of concrete to eliminate the potential shot traps.
Note the muzzle brake from 10,5 cm leFH 18/40 often seen on StuHs built in early 1944 (stop-gap solution). On a related note, StuH 42 production numbers doubled between May-November 1944, and they still managed to squeeze out another ~192 in 1945.

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« Reply #17449 on: 04-08-2020, 02:08:16 »
Thanks, great information.  I checked the armour penetration details of the StuH 10.5cm. It is the same as the StuG 7.5cm! The larger gun used a HEAT round to penetrate 100mm. Surprised me, I thought it would be higher. Live and learn.

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« Reply #17450 on: 04-08-2020, 02:08:32 »
Seth - The armoured cover of the smoke grenade rack is missing on that Ausf. B but heck, you can always hang the mandatory/multiuse zinc bucket from it  :)

Hopefully, we'll get to see StuG III Ausf. A in the French campaign. It should have good ability to "blow some smoke" - with five smoke grenades on the rear and 10 x Nebelgranaten on board. And the speed, it could hit over 60 km/hr; it's rather telling that all Ausf. A required transmission and engine swaps after the French campaign (10 gear S.R.G.32 8 145 replaced by 6 gear S.S.G.77).





StuG III Ausf. A from Sturmbatterie 660, that got stuck in mud while supporting the infantry attack on Xertigny, 18 June 1940.
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After knocking down a street barricade, StuG drove through thick stone wall and got stuck on marshy meadows behind it.
Uffz. Heinrich Engel fought with his Ausf. A until the end of 1941, until it skidded down the 10-meter deep slope into the Shosha river. By that time, StuG had over 7,000 km in pedometer.


Incredible!, I go far, And I shut up in the worst way ...!, It is always nice and you learn a lot seeing each image with your description, Sometimes I take a walk around here for this reason, Keep it up, I learn more and more and I inform each detail of each vehicle!, A big greeting and I hope you are taking care friend  :) ;)

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« Reply #17451 on: 04-08-2020, 07:08:06 »
Thanks a lot for the kind words, I am really glad to hear guys :)

Gregb1955 - StuH 42 was quite versatile by 1944 standards with a wide variety of ammunition and fuzes available - some of them exclusively made for StuH 42 only. And according to some late war reports, StuH 42 could engage thicker skinned Soviet AFVS at greater ranges, while with StuK L/48 it was necessary to allow opponents to come in much closer.

The Army Group Ukraine South reported from 26 June 1944: "The Assault Howitzer continues to perform brilliantly. Ricochet fire has greatest effect. Successfully defeating tanks at up to 1 200 meters. Concentrated fire of several Assault Howitzers proved highly effective against larger pockets of resistance"

StuG.Brig. 177 stated:
"The Assault Howitzer 42, deployed together with the Assault Gun, has performed outstandingly. Rounds with impact fuzes on are highly effective on soft targets. When challenging tanks, the effect of the hollow-charge (which, as a result of its caliber and the howitzer charge, has none of the defects of the 7.5 cm HEAT round) was invariably successful. "

Another late war action report can be found from the StuG.Brig 244 unit diary (later released as "Iron Cross Brigade"), where two StuH wiped down a Soviet armoured ambush positioned at the edge of forest, while securing the flank during the withdrawal.

It's also interesting to see how the Sturmgeschütz was back to an infantry support role by late 1943 to spring 1944: "24 StuG units on the Eastern Front fired a total of 315,280 rounds of which 83.7% were fired against unarmoured targets such as infantry, buildings and soft skinned vehicles."






Croatia 1944.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #17452 on: 04-08-2020, 18:08:12 »


Soldiers of the 4th Polish People's Guard Battalion of the Socialist Party in Żoliborz with a captured MG42 during the Warsaw Uprising, August 1944.


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« Reply #17453 on: 05-08-2020, 06:08:28 »

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #17454 on: 05-08-2020, 14:08:24 »


Ihantala aerial picture

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« Reply #17456 on: 07-08-2020, 07:08:51 »


Near Merville, 22 August 1944.

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« Reply #17457 on: 08-08-2020, 05:08:58 »


Western Germany 1945.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #17458 on: 08-08-2020, 11:08:44 »

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« Reply #17459 on: 09-08-2020, 07:08:45 »