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Old 09-23-2017, 08:14 PM   #1
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Although he probably rarely sat, when the stug commander sat in his seat, did he sit facing forward or to the side?

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Old 09-24-2017, 06:54 AM   #2
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Although he probably rarely sat, when the stug commander sat in his seat, did he sit facing forward or to the side?

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Forward of course - only the loader faced to the side
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Wow. That's tight. Thanks.

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Wow. That's tight. Thanks.

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Yes, like all german tanks - been in almost every type, and even a Tiger II has so little space, one have to wonder how 5 soldiers plus ammo plus gear would fit in...
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Very very tight altogether. I had a chance of getting into 3 StuGs last year, and even when there was no hurry, I found it difficult to move around...BEING ALONE inside I believe they chose short guys as tanker crew.

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I believe they chose short guys as tanker crew.
Thats common sense or collectors myths, but its not true. Met many tanker vets over the years, almost all were big, some even bigger than me (1,87)
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Yes, like all german tanks - been in almost every type, and even a Tiger II has so little space, one have to wonder how 5 soldiers plus ammo plus gear would fit in...
How did you get on in the Driver and the Radio Operator positions? Did they have more room than the three guys in the turret?

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In the Stug III the driver's seat's back is collapsible, so driver would pull the back down flat, slide to his place and pull the back up again (I think). See it from the gunner's position:

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How did you get on in the Driver and the Radio Operator positions? Did they have more room than the three guys in the turret?
Well, once you are into your position, your fine, there is enough room to be what you are there for.
In tanks driver and RO had to use their hatches, even in TIGER I theres no way to crawl from turret to frontal positions.

Personally my all time favourite is the gunners position inside the TIGER II: once inside I can almost stand straight up, from turret floor to turret roof. But then the seats upright back "part" (dont know the english word) is in front of your belly - how to get over it? Looked up, and saw 2 u-irons welded under the roof. Grap then, pull yourself up like a gymasiths, and you sit!
Moving the 18ton turret with just one hand was a great experience!
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In the Stug III the driver's seat's back is collapsible, so driver would pull the back down flat, slide to his place and pull the back up again (I think). See it from the gunner's position:

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Yes, this type was used in all kind of armoured vehicles, incl. halftracks, from app. 1943 on:
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Well, once you are into your position, your fine, there is enough room to be what you are there for.
In tanks driver and RO had to use their hatches, even in TIGER I theres no way to crawl from turret to frontal positions.

Personally my all time favourite is the gunners position inside the TIGER II: once inside I can almost stand straight up, from turret floor to turret roof. But then the seats upright back "part" (dont know the english word) is in front of your belly - how to get over it? Looked up, and saw 2 u-irons welded under the roof. Grap then, pull yourself up like a gymasiths, and you sit!
Moving the 18ton turret with just one hand was a great experience!
Argh! Fantastic response thanks! If we ever meet in the real world I have about a million questions for you!
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Argh! Fantastic response thanks! If we ever meet in the real world I have about a million questions for you!
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Coming to Kassel show?
Unfortunately not! It is one my list to attend the Kassel show but can't do it this year.
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Unfortunately not! It is one my list to attend the Kassel show but can't do it this year.
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Was the height of the commanders seat adjustable?

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