Sturmgeschütz StuG III Ausf.G (Sd.Kfz. 142/1- 7.5cm StuK L/48) captured during January-February 1945 in the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ by the US 104th Infantry Division. #StuG
This final production model was equipped with a Saukopf cast mantlet and an extra concrete layer, also on this vehicle can be seen an MP.44 assault rifle.
The 104th actively defended its sector near Duren and Merken from 15 December 1944 to 22 February 1945. Then it moved across the Roer taking Huchem-Stammeln, Birkesdorf, and North Duren. On 5 March, after heavy fighting, it entered Koln. After defending the west bank of the Rhine, the Division crossed the river at Honnef, 22 March 1945, and attacked to the east of the Remagen bridgehead. After a period of mopping up and consolidation, it participated in the trap of enemy troops in the Ruhr pocket. The 104th repulsed heavy attacks near Medebach and captured Paderborn, 1 April 1945. After regrouping, it advanced to the east and crossed the Weser River on the 8th, blocking enemy exits from the Harz Mountains. The Division then crossed the Saale River and took Halle in a bitter 5-day struggle, 15 to 19 April. The sector to the Mulde River was cleared by the 21st, and after vigorous patrolling, the Division contacted the Red Army at Pretzsch, 26 April. The 104th left for home and inactivation 27 June. (history.army.mil)
Colourised by Allan White from Australia)
Although it looks like the famous German pistol, and is even marked Luger, the ones made in the U.S by Stoeger are chambered in .22 LR. Discontinued in the 1980′s, they were cheap plinking guns but were known for not being very reliable. It maybe spark some collector’s interest if you want to try for a trifecta of German lookalike .22 firearms by getting the GSG Stg 44 and MP 40 in .22 LR as well. Unless you find one for dirt cheap, I’d suggest passing on it. (GRH)