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StuG III F/8 is a German Tank unit.

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Main article: Panzer III

Sturmgeschütz III was one of the most successful Nazi designs, both in terms of units produced - ca. 10 086 StuG III- and the number of kills. The G variant was the most numerous, with nearly 8 500 manufactured or converted from previous variants. Several StuGs remained in use in Arab countries as late as 1967, used against Israel in the Six-Day War.

The StuG III began its life as a fire support vehicle, intended to provide infantry units with direct fire support against enemy fortifications and armored units. Daimler-Benz was contracted to create such a weapon in 1936, with the first production units rolling off the assembly line in 1940. Mounting the short-barreled 75 mm StuK 37L/24 gun in a casemate-style hull mounted on the Panzer IIIF chassis, they debuted during the Battle of France. Subsequent iterations of the series, Ausf. B through E, focused on improving mechanical reliability and resilience, without altering its combat role.

Everything changed with Ausf. F, which mounted the 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/43 and boasted thickened frontal armor, to allow it to effectively counter superior Soviet armored vehicles. From June 1942, the lengthened 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 was used. The lengthened 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 was standardized with the introduction of the F/8 - an Ausf. F built on the superior Panzer III J/L hull with thickened rear armor.

17. SS-Panzergrenadier was supposed to get a Panzer IV in their Panzerabteilung but instead got Sturmgeschütz

Two Sturmgeschütz III originally served in the 16. Luftwaffe's Luftwaffe-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 16 2. Kompanie.

1. SS-Panzer had SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1 organic to the division. This Abteilung had 14 StuG each in battery with two more serving in the command elements of the Abteilung.

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