Stug III in SS-Das Reich - June 1941

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Stug III in SS-Das Reich - June 1941

Post by tigre » 08 Jan 2020 15:48

Hello to all :D; a query...................................

StuG III delivered to SS-Das Reich before Barbarossa 1941.

AFAIK by general order dated 7 May 1941 every independent assault gun battery (sturmgeschütz-batterie) were to be reorganised under K.St.N.446 dated 18 April 1941. This organisation authorized every previously created independent assault gun battery to posses a seventh assault gun for the Battery Cdr before tha attack on Russia. https://reibert.info/attachments/stugiii-jpg.2375286/

Nigel Askey in his work also stated Das Reich had on hand seven StuG III (see below). But others sources (several) stated that the first unit created is a simple Battery formed at the beginning of February 1941. It includes 6 StuG.III Ausf.B instead of the 8 planned, it is subordinated to SS-Art.Ersatz.Rgt. in Berlin.

The unit is operational in mid-March and is under the command of SS-Haupsturmführer Joseph Günster. The Battery is made up of 3 Züge (platoon) and includes a total of 8 guns. Each StuG III bears a baptism name painted on the sides as follows: "Seydlitz", "Schill", "Prinz Eugen", "York", "Lützow", "Ziethen", "Blücher", and "Derfflinger", the first being that of the Battery Cdr. One of them "in black"??

The battery commander was SS-Hstuf. Günster, being the platoon commanders.
I.Zug: SS-Ostuf. Telkamp
II.Zug: SS-Ostuf. Mäder
III.Zug: SS-Ostuf. Kneissl

Source: http://did.panzer.pagesperso-orange.fr/ ... Reich.html
Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation, Volume I Operation Barbarossa. Nigel Askey
https://reibert.info/threads/divizija-s ... 749/page-4

TIA. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Stug III in SS-Das Reich - June 1941

Post by Kelvin » 25 Jan 2020 14:36

Hi, Tigre, I think Nigel Askey book is talk About authorized Level. Your number perhaps is more accurate when you can actual Equipment data.

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Re: Stug III in SS-Das Reich - June 1941

Post by tigre » 25 Jan 2020 14:46

Hello Kelvin :D; yes, could be.......thanks :wink:. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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