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I want to talk you about a Stug...
Old 01-18-2009, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default I want to talk you about a Stug...

This evening I want to talk about a Stug III... probably the most famous Stug.III in the world, what was at the Hotel Continental in Cassino. It belonged to Sturgeschutz Brigade 242 (formed in Juteborg November 13, 1942) and some of them supported the II./FJR.3 in the area. Some information that I have, commander of this tank was Oberwachtmeister Schumann, others rumors instead by Feldwebel Eugen Opel. From this Hotel, the Germans could control the entire area that went from Casilina to the train station...but you know this already: let the images speak.

Hauptmann Rennecke in Hotel Continental
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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The cave, a short distance from the Continental, where Rennecke had his command
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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The stug of continental prepares to fire...
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:35 PM   #4
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Target? Two NZ. Sherman tank on the actual Dante Boulevard, the street that go from the centre of the city to Railroad station...
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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Again...a shot from the opposite position...
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:38 PM   #6
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An aerial view of the "situation"...
During the war the buildings between Hotel Continental and station did not exist, then the visual was free..
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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The crew of the Stug in a moment of relax in the Hotel Continental
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #8
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Another shot, well know, of the "Continental Stug"..
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Again...
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:49 PM   #10
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After the battle, the stug was abandoned after it was sabotaged. This famous photo was taken by a photographer for LIFE newspaper. Glorious end of a great warrior...
I hope you liked this little story..
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:52 PM   #11
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Another great thread Marco! Thanks!

For decades I never understood the critical defensive role that Stug and the Hotel Continental played. It was only after walking around Monte Cassino and the town of Cassino with you and the others that I could picture the field of fire and understood the events of the battles there.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #12
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Hallo Marco

Another amazing thread about the battle of Cassino. I always asked myself about the role of the StugIII in the Hotel Continental and if this position can be a effectiv one. Now its clear for me ..

The pics are stunning

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:51 PM   #13
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Excellent work bringing light to a bit history Marco! You have a way of telling a story that simply brings life to things lost to most.

Thank you!
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:51 PM   #14
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Hello marco,

Great job on this! My wife and I visited Cassino in 2001 after the 60th anniversary of the Kreta invasion festivities, and I was blown away by the closeness of the terrain. The wartime photo's do not do the area justice but your excellent photo's certainly do! Publish a book!!!!


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Old 01-19-2009, 12:43 AM   #15
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Hello Marco

Great story. It is always a pleasure to hear another Cassino story Here is another stug press picture from Cassino. Unfortunately sold. I hope you have it.

http://www.janssen-militaria.com/osc...189319758615db

Did you get my ebay link with cassino picture.

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