Not many collectors have a 75mm AT/multipurpose gun. Much less, mounted in an iconic and exotically rare armored vehicle with combat provenance.
There are a few problems with this wonder weapon. For one, they want a hell of a lot of money for it. For another, it appears to be missing its drivetrain (that’s our takeaway from the posting, presumably made by a Latvian in unfamiliar English).
Finally, it’s in Riga, Latvia, so you can’t just fly in and drive it home (well, the no motor thing militates against that, anyway).
Here’s the listing’s description of the assault gun’s history, prior to its 2006 rediscovery and (partial?) restoration:
Manufactured in Germany in September – October 1944.
Manufacturer: KRUPP – GRUSON WERK AG, Magdeburg – Buckau
This tank took part in operations in 2.WW, in the 912-th Sturmgeschutz
Abteilung, 2 Batarie,on the territory of Latvia, Courland Pocket.
In March, 1945, was hit by anti-tank artillery at the edge of the swamp
in the western part of Courland Pocket.
Engine and transmission dismantled repaired by squadron.
No motor and gearbox on the tank.
During the retreat of the German units had been undermined.
Sturmgeschütze were a uniquely German weapon, meant to provide tracked, armored artillery that could match tanks for speed, mobility, and survivability, by being built on the same chassis. The Russians liked the idea enough to copy it in their SU series weapons. The western allies did make SP artillery on tank chassis, but for a very different reason: they had a ton of tank chassis on hand. The western SPs, of which the M7 “Priest” was typical, didn’t have the heavy frontal armor, low profile, and overhead armor of the German Sturmgeschütze or their Soviet descendants.
After the war, the concept died a fairly natural death. Armies could build enough tanks for reduced peacetime requirements, so they didn’t need assault guns as tank substitutes or supplements. And they could design purpose-built artillery pieces and build as many as reduced peacetime tables of organization and equipment demanded.
With only three examples extant, and two of them held by museums, this is a truly unique military vehicle. This is not its first rodeo with eBay — it was offered in 2011, at an even higher price, and did not sell then.
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