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Author Topic: Sd.Kfz. 166 Sturmpanzer Brummbear  (Read 4904 times)
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« on: 30 November 2014, 18:02:38 »
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Short history,

Production if this vehicle started in april 1943.
First series of StuPa were made using chassis of damaged PzIv tanks.
After the first usage crews found out that the vehicle was overloaded due to a high number of shells, a 5 men crew and a heavy gun.
Tests were than started on a new chassis, this new chassis came available in december 1943.

During the war several improvements were made like:
a) An mg 34 machinegun mounted in the hull.
b) A new periscope giving the driver better vew. (Fahrersehklappe 80 Tiger1)
c) Front bogie wheels replaced by rubber sprung steel wheels
d) Second set of bogie wheels alsoe replaced by these wheels.


Designer: Alkett
Designed: 1942–43
Manufacturers:   
Vienna Arsenal (Series I–III)
Deutsche Eisenwerke (Series IV)
Produced: april 1943–45
Number built: 300+
Specifications:
Weight: 28.2 tonnes (62,170 lbs)
Length: 5.93 metres (19 ft 5 in)
Width : 2.88 metres (9 ft 5 in)
Height: 2.52 metres (8 ft 3 in)
Crew: 5 (driver, commander, gunner, 2 loaders)
Armor: Front: 100 mm (3.93 in)
Main armament: 15 cm StuH 43 L/12
Secondary armament: Series IV: 1 x 7.92 mm (0.312 in) MG 34
Engine: liquid-cooled V-12 Maybach HL 120 TRM, 300 PS (296 hp, 220 kW)
Power/weight: 10.64 PS/tonne
Suspension: two-wheel leaf-spring bogies
Operational range Road: 210 km (130 mi)
Speed Road: 40 km/h (25 mph)
Off-road: 24 km/h (15 mph)







picture taken by me at Munster panzermuseum




picture taken by me at Saumur panzermuseum

Sources: Spielberger, panzerdivisions images of war, Jentz and others.
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