StuG III Ausf D

The Sturmgeschütz III Ausf D was very similar to the previous StuG III Ausf C. The Ausf D was produced with face-hardened armour, and a signal bell was installed to allow the commander to get the attention of the driver. A number of Ausf Ds were built with an armoured pannier on the right hand side, in addition to the standard pannier on the left, to make the space for them to be used as command vehicles. The Ausf D was used to replace the 105 losses suffered in 1941, and to form new detachments, amongst them Abt z b v 288 (Detachment for Special Employment 288), which took three to North Africa early in 1942.

Names
Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette für Sturmgeschütz 7.5cm Kanone Ausf D
Sd Kfz 142
StuG Ausf D, 5 Serie

StuG III Ausf D - front plan
StuG III Ausf D - front plan

Stats
Number produced: 150
Produced: May-September 1941
Length: 5.40m
Hull Width: 2.93m
Height: 1.98m
Crew: 4
Weight: 20.2 tons  
Engine: 320hp Maybach HL120TRM
Max Speed: 40km/hr
Max Range:  160km/
Main Armament: One 7.5cm StuK37 L/24

Armour

Armour

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Superstructure

50mm

30mm

30mm

11mm below
17mm above

Hull

50mm

30mm

30mm

16mm

Gun mantlet

50mm

 

 

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (29 July 2008), StuG III Ausf D , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_StuG_III_Ausf_D.html

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