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Osprey Modelling the German 15cm sIG 33 Bison & Grille Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 80 pages
The Rheinmetall heavy Infanteriegeschtz 33 was the most powerful support weapon available to the German Army at the beginning of World War II, and in January 1940 the first attempts were made to adapt it to a tracked vehicle. The entire gun carriage, complete with wheels, was mounted on the Panzer I Ausf. B chassis with tall shields of armour plate added to protect the front and sides. Six companies of these vehicles were deployed on the Western Front with each company having six self-propelled guns. Efforts to mount the gun on an improved chassis continued soon after the campaign in France and a lengthened and widened Panzer II chassis was developed the 15cm sIG33B Selbstfahrlafette auf veranderten Panzer II Fahrgestell served in Rommels Afrika Korps from late 1941 to spring 1943. The need for the sIG 33 gun to be mounted in a fully enclosed tracked vehicle came during the battle for Stalingrad in 1942. Designs for adapting the gun to the Panzer III chassis had been underway since mid 1941, and the first 12 production Sturminfanteriegeschtz 33B were sent into action in Stalingrad in November 1942 with Sturmgeschtz Abteilung 177. The Grille Ausf. H (Sd Kfz 138/1) was the adaptation of the sIG 33 on the Czech Panzer 38(t) chassis. From early 1943 until the end of World War II the Grille Ausf. H served in all theatres of the European war with the schwere Infanteriegeschtz companies of the Panzergrenadier regiments.

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