Following a bombing raid on Alkett, which significantly reduced production of the Sturmgeschütz III, it was decided to create an interrim replacement by manufacturing assault guns based on the Panzerkampfwagen IV.
This vehicle, the Sturmgeschütz IV, was never intended as a permanent vehicle; the Panzerkampfwagen IV was being phased out in fabor of the Panther and existing assault gun production itself was already being suggested as being replaced by the Jagdpanzer 38. Because of the mounting losses at the fronts, however, production was never fully shifted, and the Sturmgeschütz IV remained in production for the rest of the war, with a total of 1141 vehicles being built.
The Sturmgeschütz IV was employed like the Sturmgeschütz III, though generally not mixed with the same units.
|Armour (range)||10-80 mm|
|Speed (max)||38 km/h|
|Speed (road)||20 km/h|
|Speed (cross-country)||15 km/h|
|Engine||Maybach HL 120 TRM|
|Primary weapon||7,5 cm Stu K 40 (L/48) (1)|
|Secondary weapon||7,92 mm MG 34 (2)|