STUG III Sturmgeschutz III Ausfuhrung A to G (SdKfz 142) Enthusiasts' Manual

STUG III Sturmgeschutz III Ausfuhrung A to G (SdKfz 142) Enthusiasts' Manual PDF Author: Mark Healy
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785212130
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
The German Sturmgeschütz series of assault guns was a successful and cost-effective range of armoured fighting vehicles; of which some 10,000 were built during the Second World War. Based on the chassis of the Panzer III tank; the turret was replaced by an armoured fixed superstructure fitted with a more powerful 7.5cm StuK 40 L/48 gun. 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. Its fixed superstructure with limited-traverse mounting for the main armament was simpler and cheaper to build than the turret of the battle tank; plus its low height meant it was easy to camouflage and conceal. Towards the end of the war; more StuGs were built than tanks. StuGs also saw combat when used by several Axis allies; notably Romania and Finland. They were also exported to Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, and Spain. The Soviet Union gave some of their captured German vehicles to Syria in the 1950s, which continued to use them up until the War over Water against Israel in the mid-1960s. By the time of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War in 1967; all of them had been either destroyed, stripped for spare parts, or placed on the Golan Heights as static pillboxes.

Panzer III

Panzer III PDF Author: Michael Hayton
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857338273
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
When Hitler unleashed Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union in June 1941, the 23-tonne Panzer III was in the vanguard of the German assault. The German Panzer III tank (official designation Panzerkampfwagen III, Sd Kfz 141, abbreviated to PzKpfw III) saw widespread use during the Second World War campaigns in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and the Balkans, and in North Africa with the famous Afrika Korps. A small number were still in use in Normandy (1944), at Anzio (1943), in Norway and Finland and in Operation Market Garden (1944). Some 5,774 were built between 1937 and 1943. Although the Panzer III was conceived to operate alongside the infantry-supporting Panzer IV to fight other tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, the roles were reversed when the German Army came up against the formidable Soviet T-34 tank. A tank with a more powerful anti-tank gun was needed so the Panzer IV with its larger turret ring and long-barrelled 7.5cm KwK 40 gun was used in tank-versus-tank battles, with the Panzer III being redeployed in the infantry support role. Production of the Panzer III ended in 1943, although its dependable chassis provided hulls for the Sturmgeschutz III (StuG III) assault gun, one of the most successful of the war, until the end of the war. Centrepiece of the Haynes Panzer III Tank Manual is the Bovington Tank Museum's PzKpfw III Ausf L, which has been restored to running condition. This tank belonged to the same battalion as the museum's famous Tiger I (the 501st (Heavy) Panzer Abteilung) and is an early production Ausf L, modified for tropical service. It was shipped via Naples to Benghazi in Libya in July 1942 and was issued to the 8th Panzer Regiment, part of the 15th Panzer Division and probably fought in the Battle of Alam Halfa. It was subsequently captured by the British Army and shipped to the UK.The Tank Museum has restored the tank to running order, has repainted it in its original camouflage and markings and is currently replacing many of the ancillary tools and equipment that it carried.

Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942–45

Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942–45 PDF Author: Tom Jentz
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841761824
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
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.

Panther Tank Enthusiasts' Manual

Panther Tank Enthusiasts' Manual PDF Author: Mark Healy
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785212147
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
Regarded by many as one of the greatest tanks ever built, the German Panther is probably the finest medium tank of the Second World War and certainly the most numerous German panzer in wartime service, with some 7,000 built. It combined firepower, armour protection and mobility that was unmatched by any other tank of the period. In the Panther Tank Enthusiasts' Manual, author Mark Healy looks at the development, construction and fighting qualities of the Panther, as well as including insights into what it was like to operate and maintain. He focuses on surviving Panthers at the German Armour Museum in Munster (Panther Ausf A) and the later Panther Ausf G at the Tank Museum, Bovington, as his centrepieces and draws on a range of documentary and photographic information sources in Germany, the USA and France.

T-34 Tank Owners' Workshop Manual

T-34 Tank Owners' Workshop Manual PDF Author: Mark Healy
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785210945
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
The Soviet T-34 was one of the finest tanks of the Second World War and the mainstay of Soviet armoured units throughout the war. Most nations underestimated the scale and quality of Soviet tank production before the Second World War and the Germans were no exception. They were certainly not prepared for the T-34, which they encountered during Operation Barbarossa (the German invasion of Russia) in 1941. Its combination of firepower, mobility, protection, and ruggedness led German Panzer General Paul von Kleist at the time to call it "The finest tank in the world." Another legendary Panzer tactician and general, Heinz Guderian, also confirmed the T-34's "vast superiority" over existing German armour of the period.

Tiger Tank

Tiger Tank PDF Author: David Fletcher
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785216879
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
The German Tiger I was the most feared battle tank of the Second World War. Its invincibility lay in its main 8.8cm gun and heavy defensive armour. Tiger Tank gives a rare insight into acquiring, owning and operating one of these awesome fighting machines, using the UK’s Tank Museum’s Tiger 131 – the only Tiger I in the world that has been restored to full running order. In addition to offering unique insights into maintenance and driving the Tiger, the book includes vivid personal recollections from wartime German tank crewmen and reveals what it was like to operate this 57-ton giant in combat. It was written by a team of experts from the Tank Museum who were closely involved with the strip-down and rebuild of the Tiger I. David Fletcher is a historian, a prolific author and a world expert on tanks. David Willey is a curator, and Mike Hayton is workshop manager. Other members of the writing team include volunteers Darren Hayton and Steven Vase, Mike Gibb of the SdKfz Military Vehicle Foundation and David Schofield, a specialist in forensic science.

The Combat History of Sturmgeschtz-Brigade 276

The Combat History of Sturmgeschtz-Brigade 276 PDF Author: Heinz Fleischer
Publisher:
ISBN:
Category : History
Languages : da
Pages : 328

Book Description
En beretning om 276. Sturmgeschütz Brigade fra brigadens oprettelse i 1943 og enhedens indsættelse på østfronten indtil den tyske værnemagts kapitulation i 1945. Beretningerne er personlige oplevelser fortalt af soldater, der tilhørte Sturmgeschütz Brigaden.

Spielberger German Armor & Military Vehicles Series, 2

Spielberger German Armor & Military Vehicles Series, 2 PDF Author: Walter J. Spielberger
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780887403989
Category : Armored vehicles, Military.
Languages : en
Pages : 253

Book Description
The first two volumes of this definitive history of German armor are now available in English! Known for its emphasis on detail, the Spielberger series shows in factory, test and combat photographs, and detailed line drawings, all production models, prototypes and modifications of specific armor and military vehicles. Volume I covers all variations of the "Panther" tanks, including all vehicles that used the Panther chassis. Volume II on the Sturmgeschutz assault guns, shows all short and long gun versions, as well as the various support vehicles of the Sturmartillerie. Upcoming volumes include: Volume III on the Panzer IV, and Volume IV and the Panzer III.

AMX30 Main Battle Tank Enthusiasts' Manual

AMX30 Main Battle Tank Enthusiasts' Manual PDF Author: M.P. Robinson
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781785216480
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
"The AMX30 Char de Bataille was the standard French Main Battle Tank during the Cold War era. Armed with a smoothbore 105mm main armament (the OBUS-G), AMX30 was lighter and more mobile than other main battle tanks, with excellent acceleration and cross-country agility (which later came into its own during the First Gulf War). For this reason it found a ready export market for those armies that did not want a fully-fledged Main Battle Tank. Foreign customers included Greece, Spain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Chile, Venezuela, Cyprus, Qatar and Bosnia. French AMX30 tanks saw combat with Division Daguet in the Gulf War and with the Qataris at the Battle of Khafji in the First Gulf War in 1991. Later versions of the tank were still in service in the Middle East in 2019"--

Churchill Tank 1941-1952 (all models)

Churchill Tank 1941-1952 (all models) PDF Author: Nigel Montgomery
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857332325
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 0

Book Description
The Churchill tank has a strong case to be acclaimed the best British tank of World War 2. This is not to discount the achievements of the later Comet, but this tank only arrived as the Rhine was being crossed in 1945 and saw limited action. The Churchill tank slugged it out in all kinds of terrain – and proved itself to be capable of absorbing an astonishing amount of punishment. When hit, it was less prone than the Sherman to catching fire immediately, and it was certainly much better armored. Although slower than its contemporary the Cromwell, the Churchill’s true role was as an Infantry tank – to fight alongside soldiers on foot. In this role it performed superbly. This manual is based around the complete restoration in the UK of Churchill Tank Mk IV, T31579, which was built in 1941. The Churchill Mk IV was an evolution of the Mk III in which the principal difference was the cast turret, replacing the welded one on the Mk III. The armament was either a 6-pounder or a 75mm gun. Together with the Mk III, the Churchill Mk IV was present in most actions in Italy and North West Europe and with the Mk III it was the mainstay for most Churchill tank-equipped regiments after 1942.