This kind of goes against the thread title formats. As the build thread is in the Animale Antics GB section it is not needed at all. Its in the completed Build section that that would be a great idea.Could I ask everyone entering the GB to stick (AAGB) at the end of your thread title. This should help keeping up with updates.
Sorry to have to contradict you Mr Jones, but there is no evidence of the StuG being used by the Russians in fighting. Only a few were captured and sent for evaluation.View attachment 358359
In general - no. However there are the odd reported accounts of captured Tigers being used for short periods after capture until they broke down or damaged beyond use. This is because they were so technically advanced it was difficult to acquire spare parts. They were also taken back to HQ for evaluation purposes.
There are however examples of companies of Panther's used by the Rusiians. Ultimately the Russians preferred the more reliable Panzers and Stugs as they broke down less and spare parts were more plentiful
I'm afraid I wasnt around at the time. I am reincarnated from Sergeant John Cooper a Fusilier during the Napoleonic wars.Sorry to have to contradict you Mr Jones, but there is no evidence of the StuG being used by the Russians in fighting. Only a few were captured and sent for evaluation.
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Interesting,Sergeant John Cooper I shall have to find out more. We read so many conflicting reports about who used what and where.I'm afraid I wasnt around at the time. I am reincarnated from Sergeant John Cooper a Fusilier during the Napoleonic wars.
These are some of the passages that I based my summations on
For example, after the Battle of Stalingrad in 1943, several hundred German Panzer III tanks and similar StuG III assault guns/tank destroyers were captured. So many were available that a significant effort was made to repair and re-use them. More than 100 were rebuilt as the SU-76i self-propelled gun, with some even serving as Soviet SG-122 self-propelled howitzer vehicle prototypes. Besides Panzer IIIs and StuG IIIs, the Soviets also used about a hundred ex-German Panzer IV medium tanks and (at least) some Panther tanks.
"It is suggested to the Red Army to use such German tanks as StuG III and Pz IV due to their relability and availability of spare parts. The new German Panther and Tiger can be used until they broken down without trying to repair them. They have bad engines, transmission and suspension." - Department of Weaponry of the Red Army, late 1944.
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A column of the trophy Pz.III and StuG.III