Dragon CAN20089 German StuG III and StuG IV Assault Gun Series (1:144 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
This series showcases six armored vehicles from the StuG III and StuG IV families and is completely new from the ground up. Each piece has been painstakingly created using high-tech CAD programs and the latest in design techniques. Sold Out!
Set consists of the following vehicles:
- StuG III Ausf.B Abt.226 'Operation Barbarossa' 1941
- StuG III Ausf.F/8 StuG Abt.209, Eastern Front 1943
- StuG III Ausf.G Unidentified Unit
- StuH.42 10.5cm, Ardennes 1944
- 15cm Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 Ausf.Pz.III, StuG Abt.177, Stalingrad 1942
- StuG IV Early Production StuG Brigade 907 Italy 1944
Length: 1-1/2 inches
Width: 1 inch
Release Date: January 2007
Historical Account: "Sturmgeschutz Vor" - The Sturmgeschutz (assault gun) units of the Wehrmacht were, contrary to popular opinion, manned by men of, and controlled by, the artillery branch, not the panzerwaffe. This is not to say that StuGs weren't used by the panzerwaffe, as they were in Panzer-Sturmgeschutz units, usually assigned to the panzergrenadier divisions, falling under the control of the artillery. This had a number of effects on their structure and employment.
Initially StuG batteries had only six vehicles, roughly comparable in manpower to an artillery battery. By comparison, panzer companies had up to 22 tanks. At war's end the battery size had increased to 14 StuGs and the panzer company had decreased to around the same number, depending on the unit.
Much like an artillery battalion, a Sturmgeschutz Abteilung (assault gun battalion) had 3 batteries. Late in the war, a fourth (Begleit or escort) battery of infantry was added to some units. This was intended to consist of a company-sized element of panzergrenadiers on halftracks, but shortages prevented the halftracks from being assigned and many units were lucky to get trucks. Some units had to ride on the StuGs themselves.
There seems to be a rough correlation between the redesignation of some Sturmgeschutz units as Sturmartillerie (assault artillery) and the addition of a Begleit Batterie. Parallel to this was the redesignation of most all the Abteilungen to brigades in early 1944. This reflected the expansion of the Batterie to 10, and later 14 vehicles. Including headquarters vehicles, a late-war brigade would consist of 31 or 45 StuGs.