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Sturmgeschütz III   Sd.Kfz.142 Ausf. G

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StuG III
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November 1943. German forces were engaged in a desperate battle to retain control of the Crimean Peninsula. They faced assaults to the north on the Perekop Isthmus, to the east on the Kertsch Peninsula and a sea borne assault on Kertsch itself. One of the few armoured units still available to the Germans was the 191st ('Büffel') Sturmgeschütz (StuG) Brigade. The Germans struggled to keep their forces resupplied with their lines of communication under constant air and sea attack. Soviet air power posed the greatest risk to Axis convoys with over half of their Black Sea losses attributable to the Soviet air force. With a minimal naval presence in the region the Germans relied heavily on the Romanian navy for convoy escorts. Towards the end of November 1943 the German supply ship Sante Fe sailed in convoy Wotan from the Romanian port of Konstanza carrying supplies and replacement vehicles for the beleaguered German forces, including the 191st Brigade. Only a few hours short of her destination a torpedo slammed into her. Torn apart by internal explosions she broke in half and sank. 1278 tons of vital military cargo had gone to the bottom including ammunition, fuel, 2 Jagdpanzers and 12 Sturmgeschütze ....

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Photo Focus - StuG III Air Filters

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Photo Focus - StuG III Ammunition

Photo Focus - StuG III Ammunition

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Photo Focus - StuG III Ammunition Storage

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Photo Focus - StuG III Dashboard

Photo Focus - StuG III Dashboard

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Photo Focus - StuG III Gun Indicator

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Photo Focus - StuG III Gun Mantlet

Photo Focus - StuG III Gun Mantlet

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Photo focus on the StuG III's gun mantlet 

 
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Photo Focus - StuG III Gun Mount

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Photo Focus - StuG III Gun Restoration

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StuG III radio

Photo Focus - StuG III Radio

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Photo focus on the StuG III radio 

 
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Photo Focus - StuG III Track Links

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StuG air filter

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StuG III Air filter

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