"Forward and at the enemy !"
StuG III Ausf. A (Sd.Kfz. 142 was built between January 1940 and May 1940, 30+6 produced by Daimler-Benz) The First 24 Stug III Ausf A assault gun out 30 produced equipped Sturmartillerie Batteries 640, 659, 660 and 665 and first saw service during the French Campaign. Each battery according to organization scheme from November of 1939 had 6 assault guns in three platoons (with 2 assault guns each). Sturmartillerie Battery 640 became organic to Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland and was renamed to 16th Sturmartillerie. Last 6 assault guns were issued to SS Sturmartillerie battery of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler division. It is interesting to point out that Michael Wittmann served with SS Sturmartillerie battery early in his career. Two more batteries were formed – 666th and 667th but didn’t see combat in France.. The StuG III Ausf. A used a modified 5./ZW chassis (Panzer III Ausf. F) with front armour strengthened to 50 mm. The last six vehicles were built on chassis diverted from Panzer III Ausf. G production. The main gun was a 7,5 cm StuK 37 L/24 short-barreled, howitzer-like gun. This was designed as a close-support artillery gun firing a high-explosive shell (hence the relatively short barrel), but was also effective against the early war tanks