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Chassis number: 95474, MIAG ~ July 1943.
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Mr. Kai Mehtomaa writes: "When this (MIAG-built) vehicle was rescued, by lieutenant Kari Broström, from beeing shot-up as a shooting-range target it was sand-blasted and repainted into made-up war-time colours. The vehicle had gone through this treatment before, maybe during repairs, because there were no wartime colours underneath the current colours, only green and primer. The vehicle was partly left in it's post-war configuration including the new headlight and the lid for the fire-extinguisher.
When the Pohjan Prikaati -garrison was to be shut down, Broström and Mr. Jarmo Tuohino were worried about the fate of the vehicle and Tuohino got it transported to Oulu. In Oulu the vehicle was repainted by Tuohino and some others helpers into the scheme the vehicle is in today. The colourscheme was mainly following the one painted before. Directions came from Mr. Jukka Purhonen as also the paintnumbers. I served as a paint-job co-ordinator. At the same time some of the post-war additions were removed, but the loader's and commanders added armour were left as they would have been very hard to remove."
"The vehicle have no engine, nor much other stuff inside either. The gun however is fully functioning! Even the barrel is in pretty good shape and have been fired as late as in the 1980's. The gunners had to get out quickly when the gun-lock was opened as there are no fans or fume-removers left in the vehicle...
This vehicle, apparently by mistake, have been saved from beeing shot up. In the same area (the Sarriojärvi range) there are parts from at least one StuG and a badly shot up Panzer IV...

It appears as this StuG spent most of the war as a reserve-vehicle, not seeing much action at all. In at least one attack it did function as an command- or support vehicle for the artillery, featuring two radios.
As there are no weld-marks on the back of the vehicle it appears that this particular StuG was one of the vehicles without the Finnish-made stowage box at the rear. Likewise there are no armourplates welded to the sides of the lower hull and no splash-guards by the main gun."

These pictures are taken by Mr. Kai Mehtomaa at the Oulun sotilasläänin esikunta's garrison area in Hiukkavaara, Oulu, Finland except for the very last picture amoung the thumbnails. That picture is taken by Mr. Joni Virtanen at the Rovajärvi shooting-ground near Sarriojärvi in late august 1992.

Information provided and photos copyrighted © by Mr. Kai Mehtomaa and by Mr. Joni Virtanen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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