Just to cause hate and dissention among the troops:P Should the Stug actually be on this list? The Stug was not actually designed as a tank destroyer but an artillery infantry support vehicle. I don't think it even carried AP until March of 42 when they upgunned it to the high velocity 75.
And I quote:
"The Sturmgeschütz III originated from German experiences in World War I
when it was discovered that during the offensives on the western front the infantry lacked the means to effectively engage fortifications. The artillery of the time was heavy and not mobile enough to keep up with the advancing infantry to destroy bunkers, pillboxes, and other minor obstacles with direct fire."
Mobile Artillery piece:
"While the StuG III was considered self-propelled artillery it was not initially clear which arm of the Wehrmacht
would handle the new weapon. The Panzer
arm, the natural user of tracked fighting vehicles, had no resources to spare for the formation of StuG units, and neither did the infantry branch. It was agreed, after a discussion, it would best be employed as part of the artillery arm."
"As the StuG III was designed to fill an infantry close support combat role, early models were fitted with a low-velocity 75 mm StuK 37 L/24 gun to destroy soft-skin targets and fortifications. After the Germans encountered the Soviet KV-1
tanks, the StuG III was first equipped with a high-velocity 75 mm StuK 40 L/43 main gun (Spring 1942) and in Autumn 1942 with the slightly longer 75 mm StuK 40 L/48 gun. These versions were known as the Sturmgeschütz 40 Ausführung F
, Ausf. F/8
and Ausf. G
On the argument about being built as an offensive weapon that is true but as an artillery weapon not a tank destroyer:
"The StuG assault guns were cost-effective compared to the heavier German tanks, though in the anti-tank role they were best used defensively, as the lack of a traversable turret was a severe disadvantage in the assault role."
a tank destroyer by accident rather than design my friends...
"There are things in Russia which are not as they seem..."
Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov
Too many tanks, not enough time....