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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
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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)


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.

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Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 62
Added: 27 May 2008
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