The Sturmgeshutz trace in military history reminds us that 73 years ago on June 6, 1944, during the bloody D-Day invasion of France it was common for Allies to run up against German armor like this one.
According to my research Germans had about 2,500 tanks available in Normandy and 550 of them were Stug III-IV aka Sturmgeshutz accounting for most Allied armor losses.
These tanks because of their low silhouette and very effective 75mm HV(high velocity) gun used very efficiently by the Nazis in ambush where the first shot became most important.
The Sturmgeshutz tanks were the cheapest to make following Allied destruction of much of Germany’s production facilities by Allied bombing and became the Nazis’ most produced armor during WWII where production reached over 10,000 units before German surrender.
During the Normandy action Allied tank crews soon realized how easily their M4 Shermans lit up when penetrated by German 75mm and 88mm HV anti-tank guns leading many frightened crews bailing the moment their Shermans were hit even if the tanks didn’t “brew up” immediately.
The American tanks soon became known as “Ronsons” because they easily lit up when hit just like the famous lighters moreover, the Germans laughingly referred to M4 Shermans as “Tommy Cookers”.
The tank depicted is an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and probably was used for “target practice” by the Canadian military after the war.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TRACE”.