Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III)

One of the main and most widespread self-propelled guns of the Third Reich during the Second World War, used both on the Eastern Front and on the Western Front. During the Cold War, it was used in the Arab-Israeli wars, as well as on the line of defense of socialist Bulgaria (Warsaw Pact) from Turkey (NATO country).

German Assault Gun (StuG III) Ausf. F/8 (Kubinka Tank museum / Patriot Park collection).

German Assault Gun Sturmgeschütz StuG III Ausf. F/8 Kubinka tank museum

German Assault Gun Sturmgeschütz StuG III Ausf. F/8 (Kubinka tank museum archives 2006)

According to the classification of Soviet specialists: German self-propelled gun SU-75 “Artshturm” on the T-III tank chassis, designed in 1940. Serially produced since 1940.

German official classification: Gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafette für Sturmgeschütz III mit 7,5-cm-Sturmkanone 37 oder 40.

Third Reich official service name: Sd.Kfz. 142. StuG III   or sometimes called StuG 40

Assault Gun  StuG III Ausf.F/8, Kubinka tank museum  & Patriot Park photo gallery.  Especially for the lovers of the military history and the armored vehicles, for the historians, the scale model makers, as well as for the restorers and the researchers, we publish below close-up photographs of the various Stug III parts. Many unidentified metal objects can be found on World War II battlefields and on the scrap metal collecting sites. Perhaps our guide will help you identify the right parts for your intended use. The authors post their personal experience in the WW2 searching such found parts in a special section.

StuG III tactical technical characteristics:

  • The Weight — 22 tons.
  • The Crew – 4 people.
  • Overall dimensions (length x width x height) 5480 mm x 2950 mm x 1960 mm.
  • Weaponry:
  • the gun –  1 unit with the caliber – 75 mm., the ammunition – 56 shots.
  • Armory protection: the  front – 50  mm.,  the turret – 30 mm.
  • The Engine power — 300 h/p
  • Maximum of the speed — 50 km / hour.
  • The Cruising on the highway — up to 175 km.
  • The depth overcome the water barrier — 1.1 meters

StuG III Ausf. F/8 design features:

The Base – Panzer III German tank.

The overall layout – standard for the self-propelled gun; the closed type; reduced construction height (compared with the base model). The armament – 75 mm gun;  the machine gun is missing.

The Armory –  protection is compared to the base T-III tank, but  is reduced in the turret thickness.

The Chassis – the carburetor engine “Maybach” HL-120, the average ground pressure of 1 kg / sm; the radio station and a tank intercom.