STURMHAUBITZE 42 (Sd.Kfz 142/2)

STURMHAUBITZE 42 (Sd.Kfz 142/2)
Image: Sturmhaubitze 42
YearMarch 1943
Vehicle TypeMedium Assault Howitzer
Origin & DesignerGermany/Alkett
Numbers Produced1.211
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 105mm StuH 42 Howitzer
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-6° to +20°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse10° Left & Right
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightSlfZF1a
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (No Gun Mount)
1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Coaxial, Late Models Only)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried54 x 105mm 600 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight24.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.39m
Fording Depth0.80m
Trench Crossing2.30m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioFuG-15 or 16
ArmourHull Front: 50mm (Saukopf Version 80mm)
Hull Sides: 30mm
Hull Rear: 50mm
Hull Top: 16mm
Hull Bottom: 11mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Mantle: 80mm + 30mm Side
Front: 50 or 80mm
Sides: 30mm
Rear: 30mm
Top: 17mm
EngineHL 120 TR M (Petrol)
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range155 km
Maximum Cross Country Range95 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed24 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Sturmhaubitze 42 was designed to provide heavy support fire to StuG III units. Based on the chassis of the Ausf F, F/8 and G the StuH 42 had a modified mount to cope with the new main gun and changes made internally to store the larger 105mm rounds, although some later models had a Saukopfblend mount. The main weapon was the 105mm Sturmhaubitze 42 which was based on the 105mm LeFH 18. Like most late models of the StuG III, later versions of the StuH 42 had additional Schürzen plus a coaxial MG and Nahverteidigungswaffe were added. The StuH 42 was issued to StuG III brigades and served on all major fronts.