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Sturmgeschutz Ausf F, F/8, G, Sturmhaubitze and Sturmgeschutz IV 1942-1945 (Osprey New Vanguard) [Paperback]

Hilary L. Doyle , Tom Jentz , Peter Sarson
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25 Jun 2001 Osprey New Vanguard (Book 36)
As a result of the heavy losses in armoured vehicles, and tanks in particular, on the Eastern Front the assault gun units played an increasingly vital role in supporting the beleaguered infantry and countering Allied armour, The Stumgeschutz was one of the most numerously produced and effectively deployed of the German armoured vehicles. Total production of the Ausf G alone was close to 7000 vehicles; a further 1299 were equipped with the 10.5cm gun as self-propelled howitzers. This book reveals how the Sturmgeschutz provided the backbone of Germany's amoured forces in every theatre and on every front during the long fighting-retreat of the final years of the war.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (25 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841761826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841761824
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Peter Sarson has produced graphic cutaways for many armoured vehicle publications, and is regarded as one of the world's great illustrators of military vehicles. Hilary Louis Doyle, born 1943, is an expert on German armoured vehicles and has written numerous books on AFV's including the Encylopedia of German Tanks. Tom Jentz, bom in 1946, is one of the world's leading AFV researchers and is best known for the Encyclopaedia of German Tanks.

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The Sturmgeschutz with the short barrelled 7.5 cm Kanone L/24 was very successful in its intended combat role of supporting infantry by providing effective high explosive fire. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars StuG III & IV 16 Sep 2012
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As a modeller, I found this publication an ideal guide to sorting out the variations in the late model StuGs. Lots of ideas, good photos and clear text make this an ideal pocket reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Ospreys should be like this 5 Dec 2008
This is exactly the sort of book osprey should be publishing. Too many of their books attempt to cover vast areas of military history in 40-odd pages and end up being little more than a summary. Some appear to be little more than cut & paste works from other sources.

This isn't.

Although its the same length as every other Osprey its so detail heavy you don't end up feeling cheated. It sensibly covers only the STUG variants with high velocity guns: basically the Stug III F & G with the long 75mm cannon and the very similar Stug IV plus the infantry support variant with the 105mm howitzer. The authors at the very start specifiy which sources they used & which they discounted. As such the book is both specific and accurate. As the first reviewer says its probably not intended for the general reader, but I personally find this a good thing.

There are good photo illustrations throughout and unlike many books you will not find these pictures via google images. Generally the pictures are front aspect and mostly taken in Germany so they don't give a total picture of what a real combat STUG looked like but there are a few photos taken on the eastern front and the colour plates are well drawn and highly detailed. Some internal photos would have been nice, although there's a Finnish stug cut open which gives an idea of crew layout.

The book would benefit from a slightly more detailed breakdown of units that used the vehicles and some descriptions of combat would have been good too. Its primarily written about the actual vehicle with less emphasis on who used it and how. Basically if you want lots of technical details about late war Stugs this book should be your first purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine effort 3 Aug 2013
This is a good book, with a few howlers. Having met the late Tom Jentz (who spoke German) I am amazed that the German grammatical erros got through though:

Pp. 11, 12, 13, 14, 36 and 37, note that with reference to the Rundumsfeuer remote-controlled MG, the word actually means `all-round fire'. Although the weapon was remote-controlled, the German word does not convey this. This weapon is also mentioned in the book discussed immediately above, but without a translation or definition. `Pilze' means `mushroom', `toadstool' or - collectively - such fungus. The authors have used the word here to describe the sockets, but a translation would be useful, especially as it accurately and succinctly describes the shape of these sockets.

P. 12, p.13 photo caption, and p. 33, the word "Schürzen" is more accurately described as `aprons', as the author has done on p. 17.

P. 14, "Sternantenna [sic]" should read "Sternantenne"'

Pp. 15 and 39, "Flamm-vernichter [sic]" should be "Flammenvernichter", and means `flame eliminator', which the authors have not translated into English.

P. 18, it would be better to more accurately describe PzGr 40 ammunition as APCR.

P. 21, Tables 1 and 2 fail to identify the precise sub-variants of Allied tanks, and make the incorrect association between Sherman tank armament and the `A' suffixes used. The authors quote without any qualifying comments the wholly inaccurate nomenclature applied by German intelligence to the various Sherman sub-variants, and these are inaccurate as the variants in real life revolved around the engine fitted and the hull type, and had nothing to do with the Sherman's armament. This should have been mentioned by the authors, as it can mislead those unfamiliar with the subject.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative volume. 27 April 2013
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This is, as always with Osprey titles, a well written volume with great illustrations and a wide assortment of period photographs. My only criticism that perhaps a bit more could have been said about each model of assault gun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 20 Jun 2002
One for WW2 obsessives, and non the worse for that. The book covers the F and G versions in immense detail, the photos' are nearly all new (to me at any rate) and the text shows that it was written by a master of the subject. The Osprey books are a patchy lot to be honest (at least on WW2 anyway) but this is worth every penny. It's just too short!
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