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For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:StuG III G

StuG III G is a German Tank unit.

Overview[]

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.

The Ausf. G was the final StuG III model produced from December 1942 onwards, boasting an improved superstructure design and the addition of side-mounted Schürzen for protection against anti-tank rifles and shaped charge weapons. Late G versions mounted the Topfblende pot mantlet, which provided increased protection for the gun, giving it the distinctive pig's head (Saukopf) shape.

Usage[]

91. Luftlande had StuG-Abteilung 902 under it command.

352. Infanterie had 10 StuG II G in the 352. Panzerjäger Abteilung's  Sturmgeschütz Abteilung 1352.

Fallschirm-StuG-Brigade 12 provided the StuG for 3. Fallschirmjäger. Fallschirm-StuG-Brigade 12 was a II. Fallschirm-Korps asset attached to 3. Fallschirmjäger to provide mobile anti-tank support since Fallschirmjager Divisions only had towed Anti-tank guns. Fallschirm-StuG-Brigade 12 on full establishment should have 31 StuGs.

Funklenk-Abteilung 301 used StuG III as command vehicles for their Borgward IV. After the Normandy Campaign 2. Panzer got StuG III as replacements for tank losses.

16. Luftwaffe had in Luftwaffe-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 16's 2. Kompanie 2 StuG III when it moved into Normandy but got more during the Normandy Campaign.

1. SS-Panzer had SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung organic to the division.

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