As many collectors know the Sturmgeschutz Ⅲ more commonly referred to as the StuGⅢ was Germany’s second most-produced armoured fighting vehicle during World War 2. Built on the chassis of the already-proven PanzerⅢ, it replaced the Panzer turret with an armoured, fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful 7.5cm main gun. This was originally intended as a mobile assault gun for direct-fire infantry support. Later, the StuGⅢ adopted in addition another role, similar to that of the Jagdpanzer... tank destroyer! As secondary armament the StuGⅢ mounted the tried and tested MG34 machine gun complete with protective shield. Approximately 10,000 StuGⅢ’s of various types were built between 1942 and 1945 with the vast majority being supplied to the Wehrmacht. Small numbers were however sold to Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary. A few even turned up in Syria and took part in the 1967 Arab / Israeli War. This “winterized” StuGⅢ has been given by its crew a ‘winter whitewash’ coat of camouflage and could be placed somewhere in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944... or perhaps on the Russian Front in the latter half of WW2.
During the early stages of the Battle large number of GI's surrendered or were captured by the advancing Germans. This set shows 3 unfortunates with their Volksgrenadier guard. For them...
One great-coated German officer reports to his superior on the tactical situation...
Another excellent 2-man set of Mountain Troopers... one carrying his skis the other with an ice pick.
And doing just that are these 3 Volksgrenadiers making an attack on an American position. All are in heavy winter greatcoats with, in two cases, camouflage smocks on top. ...