1/72 StuG.III Ausf.G, StuG.Abt.2 "Das Reich" Kursk 1943
The StuG.III (Sd.Kfz.142), based on the widely used Panzer III family of tanks, evolved into a very capable German tank destroyer during WWII. In fact, the StuG.III was Germany’s most widely manufactured armored fighting vehicle of the war. As enemy tanks improved their protection and armament, Germany responded by fitting the powerful 7.5cm StuK 40 L/48 gun in the vehicle’s casemate. This variant was known as the Ausf.G, of which 7,720 vehicles were produced from December 1942 through till April 1945. This made the Ausf.G the most common German tank destroyer variant by far. Based on the Panzer III M chassis, the StuG.III G proved to be a dangerous adversary for any enemy tank. One important user of the StuG.III Ausf.G on the Eastern Front was 2.Panzer-Division Das Reich, an elite unit that participated in the titanic clash of armored vehicles at the Kursk Salient in July-August 1943.