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Sturmhaubitze

Description

The Sturmhaubitze was designed by Alkett, by mounting a 105 mm howitzer in a modified Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G chassis. When shown to Hitler, he was impressed by the vehicle, and ordered it into production. It was used along Sturmgeschütz III and Sturmgeschütz IV.

The Sturmhaubitze didn't have the armour-piecing capability of the Sturmgeschütz III and IV, but in stead had a much better high-explosive round. This allowed it to fare better against infantry, strongpoints and anti-tank guns. About 1300 Sturmhaubitze had been manufactured at the end of the war.

Technical Details

Sturmhaubitze
Crew
Crew
  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 23.9 t
Length 6.14 m
Width 2.95 m
Height 2.16 m
Armour
Armour (range) 10-80 mm
Performance
Speed (max) 40 km/h
Engine
Engine Maybach HL 120 TRM
Net h.p. 300
Cylinders 12
Displacement 11900 cc
Armament
Primary weapon 10,5 cm StuH 42 (1)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm MG 34 (1)

Images

Sturmhaubitze
Sturmhaubitze
Sturmhaubitze
Sturmhaubitze

Further Reading

Sources

  1. DOYLE, David. Standard Catalog of German Military Vehicles. Iola, WI : KP Books, 2005. 512 p. ISBN 0-87349-783-X.