Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. B

StuG III Ausf. G

OrszágNáci Németország
TermeltDecember 1942 – April 1945
The final and by far the most common of the Stug series. Upper superstructure was widened: welded boxes on either sides were abandoned. This new superstructure design increased its height to 2160 mm. The back wall of the fighting compartment got straightened, and the ventilation fan on top of the superstructure was relocated to the back of the fighting compartment. From March 1943, the driver’s periscope was abandoned. In February 1943, Alkett was joined by MIAG as a second manufacturer. From May 1943, side hull spaced armour plates (Schürzen) were fitted to G models for added armour protection, particularly against Russian anti-tank rifles, but were also useful against hollow-charge ammunition. Side plates were retro-fitted to some Ausf. F/8 models, as they were to be fitted to all front line StuGs and other tanks by June 1943 in preparation for the battle of Kursk. Mountings for the Schürzen proved inadequately strong, as many were lost in the field. From March 1944, an improved mounting was introduced; as a result, side skirts are seen more often with late model Ausf G. From May 1943, 80 mm thick plates were used for frontal armour instead of two plates of 50 mm + 30 mm. However, a backlog of StuGs with completed 50 mm armour existed. For those, a 30 mm additional armour plate still had to be welded or bolted on, until October 1943.
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The StuG III Ausf. G was the final and most widely produced variant of the StuG III series of assault guns. It was a self-propelled gun based on the chassis of the Panzer III tank, armed with a 75 mm StuK 40 L/48 gun that could fire both high-explosive and armor-piercing rounds. The StuG III Ausf. G entered service in December 1942 and saw action on all fronts of World War II until the end of the war. It was a versatile and effective weapon that could support infantry attacks, defend against enemy tanks, and provide indirect fire support. The StuG III Ausf. G had a low profile, good mobility, and thick frontal armor that made it hard to hit and destroy. It was also cheaper and easier to produce than conventional tanks, and could be mounted with additional equipment such as a machine gun, a concrete armor plate, or a remote-controlled demolition charge. The StuG III Ausf. G was one of the most successful German armored vehicles of the war, with over 8,000 units built and a high kill ratio against enemy tanks.

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