One towed artillery gun required a team of six horses and nine men. WW2 German engineers came up with the idea of mounting an artillery gun on top of a tank chassis. This new technology reduced the amount of resources required to deploy one artillery gun. Artillery self-propelled guns only needed a four or five man crew. They could also be made ready to fire more quickly. This book covers the development and use of this new weapon between 1939 and 1945. One type was successfully used in the invasion of France in May 1940. More were used on the Eastern Front against Soviet forces from 1941 until the end of the war in 1945. The 'Desert Fox', Ewin Rommel, needed artillery guns that could keep up with his Panzers in North Africa. Horses could not be used in the desert. He was sent 15 cm howitzers mounted on top of Panzer II tank chassis and captured French Army Lorraine 37L tracked armoured supply vehicles. Rommel's forces in Northern France were equipped with a variety of new artillery self-propelled guns. They were used against the Allies when they invaded the beaches of Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944.
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08 July 2019
Acknowledgements; Glossary; 1 German Artillery; 2 15-cm sIG 33 L/12 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen I Ausf B 'Bison' (Sd Kfz 101); 3 10*5-cm leFH 16 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen Mk VI(e); 4 7*5-cm Gebirgshaubitze 36 auf Geschutzwagen Raupenschlepper Ost (RSO/3); 5 10*5-cm leFH 18/1 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen IVb (Sd Kfz 165/1); 6 10*5-cm leFH 16 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen FCM(f); 7 10*5-cm leFH 18/3 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen B2(f); 8 15-cm sFH 13 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen Lorraine Schlepper(f); 9 15-cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II; 10 15-cm sIG 33 L/11 (Sf) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf H; 11 10*5-cm leFH 18/2 (Sf) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II Wespe (Sd Kfz 124); 12 15-cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen 38(t) Grille (Sd Kfz 138/1); 13 15-cm sFH 18/1 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen III/IV 'Hummel' (Sd Kfz 165); 14 10*5-cm leFH 18/6 auf Waffentrager Geschutzwagen III/IV Heuschrecke IVb 'Grasshopper'; 15 10*5-cm leFH 18/40/2 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen III/IV; 16 10*5-cm leFH-18/4 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen Lorraine Schlepper(f); 17 10*5-cm leFH 18 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen 39H(f); 18 15-cm sIG 33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t); 19 10*5-cm leFH* 18/2 (Sf) auf Geschuetzwagfen III/IV 'Hummel-Wespe'; 20 17-cm K72 L/50 und 21-cm M18/1 (Sf) auf Geschutzwagen Tiger Grille 17/21; 21 12*2-cm FK (r) auf GW Lorraine Schlepper(f); Bibliography.
Craig Moore is a writer and editor for www.tanks-encyclopedia.com. He also runs www.tank-hunter.com, a guide to where you can find surviving WW1 and WW2 tanks. He has had an interest in military history since childhood. Eight of his close relatives fought in both World Wars: only six survived. One of his uncles lost a leg when his Sherman tank was hit during Operation Totalize in Normandy 1944. In 2010 Craig retired from London's Metropolitan Police after 30 years of service. He lives in south west London but regularly travels around the world visiting tank museums.