#44 - 15cm sIG33 auf Fgst.Panzer II, III & StuIG33
NUTS & BOLTS
Nuts & Bolts Vol.44:
"15 cm s.I.G. 33 on Fgst. Pz.Kpfw. II, III and assault infantry gun 33 "
The assault infantry guns have a permanent place in the armament of the grenade units. The vehicle that was first realized was the assault infantry gun based on the chassis of the Pz.kpfw. I Ausf. B. Jürgen Wilhelm described this type in detail in NB Vol. 19. The two versions on the chassis of the Pz.Kpfw 38 Grille Ausf. H and M have been dealt with in NB volumes 22 and 26.
In addition to the rifled gun, which we will show again with historical and museum photos in addition to the presentation in Vol. 19, we will now focus on vehicles based on the Pz.Kpfw. II and III. The s.IG. 33 on the chassis of the Pz.Kpfw. II was designed for use in North Africa. The twelve vehicles of the series version were actually used in North Africa, but turned out to be extremely unsuitable for this theater of war, as the engine of the Pz.Kpfw. II was completely overloaded by the weight of the gun in the hot climatic conditions of North Africa and failed regularly. One of these guns was also used in North Africa on the chassis of a Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. H put on, presumably after the failure of the initially used chassis of the Pz.Kpfw. II. We also present this troop restructuring here. The third vehicle we present here is the Sturminfanteriegeschütz 33, in which the s.I.G 33 was mounted on the repair chassis of the assault gun III of various designs. Constructed for the street fight in Stalingrad, the first twelve vehicles were actually used there, the other twelve vehicles could no longer reach Stalingrad with the planned relief troops and were in the following battles of Army Group South at least until the end of 1943, but maybe even until the end Used up in 1944. While the vehicles used in North Africa are presented on the basis of historical original vehicles due to a lack of surviving specimens, we are presenting the Sturminfanteriegeschütz 33 on the basis of historical recordings as well as museum photos of the only surviving vehicle, which is now on display in Russia in the Patriot Park in Kubinka.
204 pages A4, glue binding,
approx. 275 photos, including 199 historical photos from regulations and operations in b / w, partly first published;
142 color photos of the vehicles still in existence in museums and private collections, 34 color photos of 5 models,
German / English captions, 64 pages of German / English text, 37 tables, 41 pages of scale drawings of all versions in 1:35 scale by Lieven DeConinck,
12 color panels with various camouflage schemes by Laurent Lecocq including markings and 4 KStN war strength certificates of the units equipped with these vehicles
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