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UNIQUE ID 126: STURMGESCHÜTZ III ASSAULT GUN

(Model: Ausf G)

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: World War 2)


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Unique ID: 126
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: 22 March 2012
Type (ID): Sturmgeschütz III (80)
Model (ID): Ausf G (161)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): World War 2 (3010)
Serial Number:
Registration: “Ps531-44” (Finnish) painted on superstructure front.
Name: “Maija” painted on driver’s visor (previously “Ulla” painted on the superstructure sides).
Other Identification: Three large wooden logs fastened to superstructure sides.
Collection Reference: E1990.64. (Accession 6490, Entry 1990.1055).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Altmärkische Kettenfabrik (Alkett) GmbH, Berlin-Spandau, Germany (Primary manufacturer)
2: Finland (Finnish Army service from 1943)
3: Panssarimuseo, Parola, Finland (1960s-1990)
4: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved German Tanks publication:

The Sturmgeschütz III was known to Finnish soldiers as the Sturmi, and examples were in service in the Finnish Army until the mid-1960’s. This StuG was presented to the museum by the Panssarikilta (Finnish Tank Guild) and was previously in the collection of the Parola Panssarimuseo. It was part of an exchange that took place between the museums in 1990. A Saladin armoured car and a Humber Pig personnel carrier were transported to Finland. This StuG III and a Soviet T-26 light tank were brought back. The transportation and exchange were conducted on behalf of the museum by members of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and the crew of the landing craft HMAV Arakan.
The vehicle is a late production Ausf G with a Saukopf mantlet, without coaxial machine-gun, and it also has a cast cupola shield and all-steel return rollers. It had Finnish markings on the side and the number “Ps.531-45” painted on the superstructure front. It appears to have had Finnish Army modifications, including an extra stowage box on the front right of the superstructure and a modified driver’s vision block. It is now displayed in German camouflage and markings. However, it still retains the Finnish modifications.

Text in Preserved German Tanks Update:

The Germans supplied this StuG to the Finnish Army in 1943. For a while it was displayed in the Museum painted to represent a vehicle that was used by the Germans in Italy in 1943. It was also given a German-style concrete coating and ‘waffle pattern’ Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste. In 2007 it was repainted in Finnish markings, though it retains the German concrete and Zimmerit, and is now displayed as a Finnish vehicle.

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March 2011

Upper front left view
1: Upper front left view

Taken: 10 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7130
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56585414...
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Front right view
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Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7129
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Front left view
3: Front left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7125
Added: 21 March 2012
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Front view
4: Front view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7126
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56579359...
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Front left view
5: Front left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7127
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56579150...
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Rear right view
6: Rear right view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7128
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56585197...
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October 2008

Front left view
7: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4763
Added: 4 April 2011
Filename: P1030755...
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Front right view
8: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4764
Added: 4 April 2011
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Left view
9: Left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4765
Added: 4 April 2011
Filename: P1030754...
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Rear left view
10: Rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4766
Added: 4 April 2011
Filename: P1030753...
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Rear view
11: Rear view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4767
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030752...
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Rear right view
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Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4768
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030750...
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Rear right view
13: Rear right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4769
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030751...
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Right view
14: Right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4770
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030761...
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Front right view
15: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4771
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030760...
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Front view
16: Front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4772
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030759...
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Left view
17: Left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4773
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030776...
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Front right view
18: Front right view

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Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 62
Added: 27 May 2008
Filename: Scan_Stu...
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