The Sturm-Infanteriegeschu"tz 33B was a German infantry assault gun. It featured a 15cm sIG33/1 infantry gun fitted in a boxy superstructure that was mounted on a III chassis. Just 24 of these 21-tonne weapons were produced by AlkettThis self-propelled gun was used exclusively on the Eastern Front. Half fought in the bloody Battle of Stalingrad from October 1942 onwards, where their heavy guns could effectively demolish buildings in the bitter urban combat. The remaining vehicles deployed with the 23rd Panzer Division trying to break the encirclement of the 6th Army.

Dragon’s new 1/35 scale model of the Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 completes the ‘33B’ family. A new part is the front plate with its two associated hatches. It shares the same slide-molded fighting compartment superstructure, internal details such as the mount for the sIG33 gun, and large stowage boxes on the rear deck. The metal gun barrel even has realistic rifling so that it looks exactly right. The running gear and DS Tracks have been borrowed from Dragon’s newest Panzer III kits, meaning they’re of the highest quality. With this assault gun, Dragon has delivered a fantastically well-engineered model.

The first dozen were supplied to 177 Sturmgeschutz Abteilung who used and lost the vehicles at Stalingrad. The second dozen were assigned to a Sturm-InfantrieGeschutz batterie (assault infantry gun company) attached to XVII Armee Korps, and later to Panzer Jager Abteilung (tank destroyer unit) 140 serving with the 22 Panzer division. When
this unit was disbanded in April 1943 after the heavy fighting near Kharkov, the remaining seven s.IG were incorporated into Panzer Regiment 201, 23 Panzer Division who lost its last vehicle in October 1943.

The Sturm-Infanteriegeschu"tz 33B was a German infantry assault gun. It featured a 15cm sIG33/1 infantry gun fitted in a boxy superstructure that was mounted on a III chassis. Just 24 of these 21-tonne weapons were produced by AlkettThis self-propelled gun was used exclusively on the Eastern Front. Half fought in the bloody Battle of Stalingrad from October 1942 onwards, where their heavy guns could effectively demolish buildings in the bitter urban combat. The remaining vehicles deployed with the 23rd Panzer Division trying to break the encirclement of the 6th Army.

Dragon’s new 1/35 scale model of the Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 completes the ‘33B’ family. A new part is the front plate with its two associated hatches. It shares the same slide-molded fighting compartment superstructure, internal details such as the mount for the sIG33 gun, and large stowage boxes on the rear deck. The metal gun barrel even has realistic rifling so that it looks exactly right. The running gear and DS Tracks have been borrowed from Dragon’s newest Panzer III kits, meaning they’re of the highest quality. With this assault gun, Dragon has delivered a fantastically well-engineered model.

The first dozen were supplied to 177 Sturmgeschutz Abteilung who used and lost the vehicles at Stalingrad. The second dozen were assigned to a Sturm-InfantrieGeschutz batterie (assault infantry gun company) attached to XVII Armee Korps, and later to Panzer Jager Abteilung (tank destroyer unit) 140 serving with the 22 Panzer division. When
this unit was disbanded in April 1943 after the heavy fighting near Kharkov, the remaining seven s.IG were incorporated into Panzer Regiment 201, 23 Panzer Division who lost its last vehicle in October 1943.

Commander Willis Winter Bradley, Jr. - U.S. Navy
MoH Citation: "For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Pittsburgh, at the time of an accidental explosion of ammunition on that vessel. On 23 July 1917, some saluting cartridge cases were being reloaded in the after casemate: through an accident an explosion occurred. Comdr. Bradley (then Lieutenant), who was about to enter the casemate, was blown back by the explosion and rendered momentarily unconscious, but while still dazed, crawled into the casemate to extinguish burning materials in dangerous proximity to a considerable amount of powder, thus preventing further explosions."

He is listed on the roster of the staff of the 1st North Dakota Regiment that saw service in the Spanish American War in Cuba.

Private Nels T. Wold - U.S. Army
MoH Citation: "He rendered most gallant service in aiding the advance of his company, which had been held up by machine gun nests, advancing, with 1 other soldier, and silencing the guns, bringing with him, upon his return, 11 prisoners. Later the same day he jumped from a trench and rescued a comrade who was about to be shot by a German officer, killing the officer during the exploit. His actions were entirely voluntary, and it was while attempting to rush a 5th machine gun nest that he was killed. The advance of his company was mainly due to his great courage and devotion to duty."

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