- For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:StuG III G
StuG III G is a German Tank unit.
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.
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.
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.