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Sturmgeschütze StuG III and StuG IV - Germany: books

A book on the gemechaniseerd assault artillery of the German army? Here are books on the history, technology and deployment of the Sturmgeschütze StuG III and StuG IV.

Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942-1945 (Osprey)

As the Second World War dragged on, heavy German losses in armoured vehicles and tanks ensured that assault gun units had to play an increasingly vital role in supporting the beleaguered infantry and countering Allied armour, particularly on the Eastern Front. The Sturmgeschütz was one of the most numerously produced and effectively deployed of the German armoured vehicles.

This book reveals how the Sturmgeschütz provided the backbone of Germany's armoured forces in every theatre and on every front during the long fighting-retreat of the final years of the war.

Contents: Design and development - the Long 75mm and 105mm Howitzer - Production modifications and improvements 1942 to 1945 - Production history - Manufacturing plants of Alkett and MIAG - Combat capabilities - Operational history - Tactical employment - Organisation - Combat history examples - Commentary on the colour artwork - Index.

Author:Hilary L. Doyle, Tom Jentz
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2001)
Series:New Vanguard (37)
Book: Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942-1945 (Osprey)

Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942-1945

Language: English

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StuG III Manual - Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. A to G (SdKfz 142) (Haynes Military Manual)

Based on the chassis of the Panzer III tank, the Second World War German Sturmgeschutz series of assault guns was a successful and cost-effective range of armoured fighting vehicles.
Originally intended as a mobile assault weapon for infantry support, the StuG was constantly modified and saw extensive use on all battlefronts as an assault gun and tank destroyer.

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Author Mark Healy examines the development, construction and fighting qualities of the StuG, including insights into what it was like to operate and maintain.
His centrepiece is a surviving StuG III at the Tank Museum, Bovington, and he also draws on a range of documentary and photographic information sources in Germany, the USA and France.

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Author:Mark Healy
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21 x 1.5 cm / 11 x 8.25 x 0.59 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2019)
Series:Haynes Military Manual
Book: StuG III Manual - Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. A to G (SdKfz 142) (Haynes Military Manual)

StuG III Manual - Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. A to G (SdKfz 142)

Language: English

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Sturmgeschütz: Germany's WWII Assault Gun (StuG) (Vol. 1) - The Early War Versions (Legends of Warfare)

The Sturmgeschütz, or StuG, as it is more popularly known, while conceived as self-propelled, infantry support artillery, in time, formed the backbone of Germany's anti-tank operations during WWII.
With more than 135 war-era photos, this volume chronicles the design, development, and deployment of the first six (of nine variants) of this famed and feared weapon. The material is arranged in seven chapters, each focusing on a specific production model, or Ausführung, of the Sturmgeschütz.

This volume covers the Ausf.A through F/8 variants used during the early WWII years. Comprehensive tables reveal the details of performance, as well as technical specifications of each variant. A concise, easy-to-read text, and detailed photo captions expose the secrets of this iconic vehicle. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

Author:David Doyle
Specs:128 pages, 23 x 23.5 x 1.8 cm / 9.1 x 9.25 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:137 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2018)
Series:Legends of Warfare
Book: Sturmgeschütz: Germany's WWII Assault Gun (StuG) (Vol. 1) - The Early War Versions (Legends of Warfare)

Sturmgeschütz: Germany's WWII Assault Gun (StuG) (Vol. 1) - The Early War Versions

Language: English

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Sturmgeschütz: Germany's WWII Assault Gun (StuG) (Vol.2) - The Late War Versions

The Sturmgeschütz, or StuG as it is more popularly known, while conceived as self-propelled, infantry support artillery, in time, formed the backbone of Germany's anti-tank operations during WWII. With more than 130 war-era photos, this volume chronicles the design, development, and deployment of the final three (of nine variants) of this famed and feared weapon. The material is arranged in four chapters, each focusing on a specific production model, or Ausführung, of the Sturmgeschütz.

This volume focuses on the most plentiful model, the later war Ausf.G, as well as the Sturmgeschütz IV, and the similar, howitzer-armed Sturmhaubitze. Comprehensive tables reveal the details of performance, as well as technical specifications of each variant. A concise, easy to read text, and detailed photo captions expose the secrets of this iconic vehicle. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

Author:David Doyle
Specs:128 pages, 23 x 23.5 x 1.8 cm / 9.1 x 9.25 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:132 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2018)
Book: Sturmgeschütz: Germany's WWII Assault Gun (StuG) (Vol.2) - The Late War Versions

Sturmgeschütz: Germany's WWII Assault Gun (StuG) (Vol.2) - The Late War Versions

Language: English

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Sturmgeschütz III - The Short Gun Versions (L/24 & L33)

This book covers the L/24 and L33 short gun versions of the armored fighting vehicles known as the Sturmgeschütz III.

Author:Horst Scheibert
Specs:48 pages, 21 x 28 x 0.3 cm / 8.25 x 11 x 0.12 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs, drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Sturmgeschütz III - The Short Gun Versions (L/24 & L33)

Sturmgeschütz III - The Short Gun Versions (L/24 & L33)

Language: English

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Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun 1940-42 (Osprey)

The workhorse of the German Army that swept across Poland, France and Russia, the Sturmgeschütz III saw service in all theatres of World War II, both in an infantry support role and as a tank destroyer. Cheaper and quicker to produce than a tank, the assault gun proved a remarkably effective weapon. Its design and development, production, capabilities and operational history are all closely examined, as is its tactical employment and organisation into units.

This book uses original German combat and experience reports to show how the Sturmgeschütz fared in action, whilst also providing information on both retrofitted and production modifications.

Contents: Design and Development - Production Modifications - Production History - Capabilities - Operational History - Tactical Employment - Organisation - Early Successes in Russia.

Author:Hilary L. Doyle, Thomas L. Jentz
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 9.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.7 x 3.75 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1996)
Series:New Vanguard (19)
Book: Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun 1940-42 (Osprey)

Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun 1940-42

Language: English

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Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (2) (World War Two Photobook Series)

Excellent photographic coverage of the German Sturmgeschütz III assault gun on all fronts throughout World War 2. Large format photos, one to a page, mostly unpublished.

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Author:Matyas Panczel
Specs:112 pages, 22 x 30 x 1.4 cm / 8.7 x 11.8 x 0.55 in, hardback
Illustrations:103 b&w photographs
Publisher:PeKo Publishing Kft. (HU, 2013)
Series:World War Two Photobook Series (4)
Book: Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (2) (World War Two Photobook Series)

Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (2)

Language: English + Hungarian

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Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (3) (World War Two Photobook Series)

Excellent photographic coverage of the German Sturmgeschütz III and Sturmhaubitze 42 assault guns on all fronts throughout World War 2.

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Author:Matyas Panczel
Specs:112 pages, 22 x 30.5 x 1.3 cm / 8.7 x 12 x 0.51 in, hardback
Illustrations:104 b&w photographs
Publisher:PeKo Publishing Kft. (HU, 2015)
Series:World War Two Photobook Series (8)
Book: Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (3) (World War Two Photobook Series)

Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (3)

Language: English + Hungarian

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Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (4) (World War Two Photobook Series)

"Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield 4" is Matyas Panczel's fourth on the Sturmgeschütz III for PeKo Publishing of Hungary. It follows their house format of 112 pages, 105 large landscape photographs.

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Author:Matyas Panczel
Specs:112 pages, 22 x 30 x 1.6 cm / 8.7 x 11.8 x 0.63 in, hardback
Illustrations:105 b&w photographs
Publisher:PeKo Publishing Kft. (HU, 2017)
Series:World War Two Photobook Series (13)
Book: Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (4) (World War Two Photobook Series)

Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield (4)

Language: English + Hungarian

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T-34 vs StuG III - Finland 1944 (Osprey)

In the summer of 1944, the Red Army staged a massive armoured assault up the Karelian Isthmus with the intent of eliminating any remaining German and Finnish forces facing the Leningrad region.
Most of the Soviet units sent into Finland were new to the region, moving mainly from the fighting in the Leningrad area. As a result, some had the latest types of Soviet equipment including the new T-34-85 tank, fielded alongside the older T-34-76.

Germany refused to sell the Finns new tanks without a reinforced military alliance, but in 1943 began selling them a few dozen StuG III assault guns. This made the StuG III battalion the most modern and powerful element of the Finnish armoured division, and it saw very extensive combat in the June-July summer battles.
Featuring specially commissioned artwork and an array of archive photographs, this is the absorbing story of the parts played by Soviet and Finnish armour in the epic battles in Finland during June and July 1944.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2019)
Series:Duel
Book: T-34 vs StuG III - Finland 1944 (Osprey)

T-34 vs StuG III - Finland 1944

Language: English

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M10 Tank Destroyer vs StuG III Assault Gun - Germany, 1944 (Osprey)

The Allies' M10 Tank Destroyer and the Germans' Sturmgeschütz (StuG) lll were the unsung workhorses of the northwest European battlefields of 1944-45. While their mission was not principally fighting one another, their widespread use ensured their frequent encounters, from the Normandy Bocage, to the rubble-strewn streets of Aachen.
The StuG lll was the quintessential assault gun, a low-slung, heavily armoured, turret-less vehicle intended to provide direct fire support for infantry formations, whilst the M10 3in Gun Motor Carriage was originally developed as a tank destroyer. However, by 1944 the 3in gun proved ineffectual against the most thickly armored German tanks, and was consequently relegated to infantry support too.
Widely deployed in roles their designers had not envisaged, these two armoured fighting vehicles clashed repeatedly during the 11-month campaign, which saw the Allies advance from Normandy to the heart of the Reich. Fully illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, this is the story of their confrontation at the height of World War ll.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Design and Development - Technical Specifications - The Combatants - The Strategic Situation - Combat - Statistics and Analysis - Further Reading - Index.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:80 pages, 24.5 x 19 x 0.7 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2013)
Series:Duel (53)
Book: M10 Tank Destroyer vs StuG III Assault Gun - Germany, 1944 (Osprey)

M10 Tank Destroyer vs StuG III Assault Gun - Germany, 1944

Language: English

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