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Red Army Soldiers Ride Panzer III

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Red Army soldiers ride Panzerkampfwagen III into combat. This photo is probably staged. From 1941 to 1943, Russians captured large numbers of PzKpfw III, Sturmgeschutz III (known to them as ArtSturm) and PzKpfw IV. Some were pressed into temporary service, used as Trojan Horses or as bait until they broke down or ran out of ammunition. Most were captured after they were out of fuel and ammunition,so supplies at the front were low. Some were converted to assault guns designated SU-76i and SG-122A (SU(Samokhodnaja Ustanovka, “self-propelled gun“; i for inostranny, “foreign“; and Samochodnaya Gaubitza, “assault gun“). Some 201 SU-76is were produced from March to November of 1943 at Factory #37 in Sverdlovsk. SU-76i had its debut in July of 1943 at Kursk and served in both tank and light mechanized gun regiments of the Red Army. Germans encountered first examples of SU-76i (from 177th Tank Regiment of the 6Fourth Mechanised Brigade) in October of 1943. Some were recaptured by the Germans as Stug 76 mm and pressed into service against their former users. The Department of Weaponry of the Red Army, ordered in late 1944: “It is suggested to the Red Army to use such German tanks as StuG III and Pz IV due to their relability and availability of spare parts. The new German Panther and Tiger can be used until they broken down without trying to repair them. They have bad engines, transmission and suspension.“
Image Filename wwii0117.jpg
Image Size 211.25 KB
Image Dimensions 1000 x 560
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed September 01, 1941
City Kiev
State or Province Ukraine
Country Soviet Union
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