M10 Tank Destroyer vs StuG III Assault Gun: Germany 1944 (Duel) Paperback – 20 Aug 2013
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The US M10 Gun Motor Carriage and the German StuG III assault gun repeatedly clashed as the Allied forces advanced across Western Europe following the Normandy landings. Employed in a variety of roles, these two workhorses saw extensive fighting in a variety of combat environments.See all Product Description
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The only criticisms centre around the use of American spelling in a book published in the UK; something that I personally deplore, and the incorrect use of both English and German on occasions. Steven will use "decimate" when he really means "devastate"; a unit suffering 50% casualties has been far more than "decimated". Decimation, as the word implies, was an old Roman army punishment whereby 10% of the personnel in a unit that had displayed cowardice in battle were executed by their comrades, the victims being chosen by drawing lots. Thus, a unit that had been "decimated" in modern combat could count itself lucky if it had lost only 10% of its strength.
I also wish that authors would avoid using the vague term HVAP (high velocity armour piercing) and instead use the more accurate terms APCR 9armour piercing composite rigid)or APDS (armour piercing discarding sabot), whichever is appropriate. The accurate abbreviation still only uses four letters but tells the reader what type of ammunition is being referred to.
Steven also uses "Wehrmacht" (armed forces, comprising Heer [army], Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine) when he really should correctly use Heer, and on occasions he uses Heer when he should use Wehrmacht! Other German translations are sometimes not that accurate, or the English equivalent is not given.Read more ›
You could make approx 4 Stugs for the price of one Panther. Also unlike the Panther the Stug was highly mechanically reliable. Originally it was designed to replace the role of horse drawn small artillery pieces which had been a major failing of the WW1 'stormtroopers', hence operated by the German armies artillery section not panzer corps. Guderian probably wasn't keen on resources going to U-boat or Stuka production either.
Stugs were small inside but so are all tanks. Thats why the M10 had an open top. It gives the gun crew much more room to operate and all round vision. Plus if it burns (a problem of Shermans) you can bail out fast. The trade off is less protection, however even proper tanks have thin top armour. Mortar shells could penetrate a Tiger's upper armour.
Tank destroyers are fundamentally DEFENSIVE weapons. You expect the enemy to come towards you so the vehicle is aimed in the direction you expect enemy tanks to come from. They're basically artillery guns on tracks. Rapidly re-laying a towed anti-tank gun is far more difficult that traversing a stug.
Incidentally at top traverse speed it took 70 secs for a Tiger 1 to traverse its gun. Experienced commanders like Wittmann turned the whole tank to face the enemy which also has the advantage of pointing the thickest armour forward.
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Not a bad book could do with more pictures and first hand accounts otherwise a good book an enjoyable read.Published 17 months ago by Tony Nicholls
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