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Sturmgeschütz IV
« on: March 08, 2012, 08:47:45 PM »

The Sturmgeschütz IV (SdKfz. 167), or StuG IV, self-propelled assault guns were built by mating 7.5 cm KwK 40 vehicle guns and Panzer IV chassis without the use of turrets. They were deployed largely to support infantry divisions, but the powerful guns made them effective tank destroyers as well. StuG IV assault guns were produced from Dec 1943 to May 1945, during which time 1,108 examples were built. An addition 31 units were built from damaged Panzer IV hulls.

Prior to the introduction of the Sturmgeschütz IV design, the German Army had already been using 75-millimeter assault guns built atop Panzer III chassis, and they were designated, plainly, Sturmgeschütz. After early 1944, the previous Sturmgeschütz assault guns were designated as Sturmgeschütz III so to differentiate the two similar weapons built on top of two different chassis designs.

SPECIFICATIONS

StuG IV

Machinery   One Maybach HL 120 TRM 12-cyl gasoline engine rated at 300hp
Suspension   Leaf spring
Armament   1x7.5cm StuK 40 L/48 gun (63 rounds), 1x7.92mm MG 34 machine gun
Armor   10-80mm
Crew   4
Length   6.70 m
Width   2.95 m
Height   2.20 m
Weight   23.0 t
Speed   40 km/h
Range   210 km
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