|GERMAN ASSAULT GUN BATTERIES|
|IN FINLAND 1943 - 1944|
StuG.Batt.741 and 742 were formed from the volunteers of Geb.-AOK 20 with additional personnel from disbanded Panzerkampfwagen-Zug 217, 218 and 219. In the end of January 1943 OKH had already assigned the battery numbers. Personnel of both units had one month training at Jüterbog in spring 1943 and arrived back in Finland together with their new Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G assault guns on 27 May.
Both batteries were subordinated to Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment
82 (7.Geb.D / XVIII Geb.AK). After a rather inactive
summer of 1943 both batteries were transferred back to
Germany at the beginning of October 1943. StuG.Batt.741
was attached to 18. Artillerie-Division in
Lithuania. StuG.Batt.742 was incorporated into a
new Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 303 (later Sturmgeschütz-Brigade
303) which fought in South-Eastern Finland next
Painting and Markings
All StuGs were without Zimmerit paste coating and painted in plain dark yellow. Balkenkreutz was painted on both sides and on the left side or in the middle of the rear plate.
unit emblem of StuG.Batt.742 was painted on the
right side of rear and front plates. A unit emblem of StuG.Batt.741
was painted similarly together with StuG unit sign (on
the left) but after leaving Finland.
StuG.Abt.1122 belonged to 122. Infanterie-Division and was actually a StuG battery formerly known as StuG.Abt.1329 (when belonged to 329.I.D). Abteilung was in Finland with Panzer-Werkstatt-Zug 918.
arrived in Finland by the end of June 1944 and was
transported by train to secure the important northern
coast area along the Bay of Vyborg. StuG.Abt.1122
was exceptionally equipped with Sturmgeschütz IV
assault guns and these new vehicles were introduced to
Finnish officers at Säkkijärvi at the beginning of July.
Unit was held in reserve of 122.I.D securing the
main coast road. It is believed that StuG.Abt.1122
didn't participate in any battles in Finland although 122.I.D
repelled several Soviet attacks using both infantry and
Painting and Markings
IVs of StuG.Abt.1122 were equipped with Schtürzen
protective side plates and painted in typical three
colour camouflage with wide single colour areas (or wide
stripes). Vehicles were coated with Zimmerit
paste. Unit didn't use vehicle numbers. Basic Balkenkreutz
was painted on both sides of the hull (partly behind the
side plates). In photos rear plates are not visible but
it is likely that third one was painted there as usually.
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