Ammunition count for the German SP artillery?

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    While doing some reading, a question popped up re. the self-propelled 15cm howitzers in German service during ww2.
    The version using Pz-I hull is quoted as having 25 rounds, on stretched Pz-II 30 rounds, on Pz-III 30 rounds, on Pz-38(t) only 12 rounds. The Lorraine-mounted 15cm sfh13 carried only 8 rounds, those having bigger charges.

    I appreciate in advance a good data about the stuff :)
     
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    #2 Denniss, Jan 16, 2013
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    With Pz I, II and 38(t) I assume you are talking about the short-barreled 15cm sIG33 gun, there's no such thing on Pz III but the Hummel on Panzer IV with medium-length barrel 15cm howitzer.

    The Grille (38(t) is said to have 15-18 rounds, depending on version. I doubt the I/II versions were able to carry that much ammo, I remember to have seen 3-4 rounds for the I. The II did not have that much stowage space either.

    25/30 rounds sounds more like Panzerj├Ąger I/II but not like the overloaded sIG33 versiosn.
     
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    Yes, it's the short barreled 15cm sIG I'm talking about. It was mounted on/in the large superstructure, both on Pz-III and -IV (StuIG 33 and Sturmpanzer IV).
    It was the comparatively huge ammo count for the I and II that got me starting the thread, even when we account for the II being a stretched vehicle.
    Did the rear- and mid-mounted sIGs on the 38(t) differed in ammo count?
     
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    The MK I carried 3-4 rounds. "official"

    Ammo weight was 38kg per HE projectile and 40 kg per smoke projectile, so weight was a consideration on the small vehicles in addition to volume. 20 projectiles without cartridge cases and propelling charges is over 3/4 of a ton.

    What crews managed to "tie on" to engine decks and such to avoid carrying by hand?

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    Pictures of models show eight storage tubes in the rear bulkhead of the MK II. What it carried in boxes on the engine deck/fenders I don't know.

    Picture of model
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    model of first 38(t)

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    Note stowage for 4 projectiles against the right wall, I believe the two stacks of boxes/drawers just forward are for the cartridge cases/propelling charges.

    Version with rear mounted gun may have carried a few more rounds.

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    Note the "tray" on the folded down rear wall may have been for fitting fuses to the projectiles or adjusting them.
     
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    The Grille M types had 15 and the SiG 33 I had 12.
     
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    Many thanks, SR6,

    Mobius, are you referring to the version with the gun in central position (M for mitte?); what is SiG 33?
     
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    Yes. I believe it is the 15cm sIG33/2 (Sf) auf GW 38(t) (Sd.Kfz.138/1) Ausf. M.
     
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    #8 Denniss, Jan 16, 2013
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    StuIG 33 = StuG III based
    Sturmpanzer IV = based on Gesch├╝tzwagen III/IV with majority of components from Pz IV.

    According to Panzer tracts 10 the Pz II version had 10 rounds of ammo. It claims 15 for both Grille variants.
    A book from czech authors with access to manufacturer's archives claim 16 for Grille H and 18 for Grille M.
    H = rear engine, M = engine in central position
     
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